1967 Mercury Comet 202 ‘R Code’ 427
The 1967 Comet 202 "R" Code was one of the true ultra rare factory lightweight race/street cars made in the 60's. It was a bare bones 2 door post sedan that was 9" shorter but much stronger than the heavier hardtops. It came with the monster FE 427cid side-oiler, dual 4-barrel, medium riser, 425hp engine. It also was equipped with the 4-speed Top Loader gear box and the famed 9" rear 3.89 Trac-Lok, all from the factory. This rare race car has factory special exhaust manifolds and hood clearance bracing.
1967 Press Release
Dearborn, Michigan – Production of lightweight 427 CID Ford Airlines and Mercury Intermediates with trunk-mounted batteries was confirmed today by Jacque H. Passino, Ford Motor Company Special Vehicles Manager.
Mr. Passino said more than 50 orders for these light-weight intermediate models, intended primarily for drag racing, have been processed since early spring. The cars may be ordered through any Ford or Mercury dealer. A weight reduction of 120-150 pounds is achieved through deletion of the “sealer and sound deadener: package normally included in assembly of the vehicles.
Intermediates in the Ford Fairlane and Mercury Comet, Caliente and Cyclone lines have been available with a 4-V or 8-V 427 CID engines since public introduction of the 1967 models. The lightweight models were put into production in response to the demand of customers interested in drag racing.
A kit to convert previously delivered 427 CID intermediates to the trunk-mounted battery configuration is now available through dealers.