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Early in the Comet's life, it was marketed as a separate make which was common in the 50s and 60s. It was sold in Mercury dealers and soon became known as a Mercury anyway. The Mercury Comet was their first compact car and was similar to the Ford Falcon. It was offered through the sixties as a sedan, hardtop, wagon, and convertible and became progressively larger as years went by. High performance models used Mercury Comet parts like the Caliente and Cyclone and became successful in drag racing when equipped with Ford's big 427. The Comet came back as a completely new car in 1971, and was back to its compact car roots sharing the body with the Ford Maverick. This model lasted until 1977 when it was effectively replaced by the bland looking Zephyr model.