Ford Comète Monte Carlo Coupé (5675)
Manufacturer: Ford Société Anonyme France (Ford SAF), Poissy / Paris - France
Type: Comète Monte Carlo Coupé 22CV
Engine: 3923cc Ford Flathead 239 V-8
Power: 105 bhp / 3.800 rpm
Speed: 156 km/h
Production time: 1954 - 1955
Production outlet: 699
Curb weight: 1470 kg
- This 2+2 seater fixed-head (notchback) Coupé was designed by Jean Daninos (Stabilimenti Industriali Giovanni Farina S.A., Torino – Italy, an older brother of the more famous Battista 'Pinin' Farina) and built by Facel Metallon SA, Paris – France (a French subsidiary of Ford), based on the French Ford Vedette with a Mercury chassis.
- At that time they were the most expensive Ford product in the world and the only Ford automobile with custom coachwork, although it didn't even carry the Ford badge.
- Its V-8 engine, normally fitted to Ford trucks, but buyers didn’t like the idea of having a car with a "truck engine". High taxes and the high price (51% higher than a spacious four door Vendôme) didn’t made this model a “sales success”.
- During 1954, Ford SAF was sold and the Comète's final year of production took place under Simca. The Simca Comète Monte-Carlo continued to be offered till July 1955.
- It has a three-speed manual gearbox, column shifter, a Zenith-Stromberg 32 DINX carburettor, a 63 liter fuel tank and rear wheel drive.
- The Facel chassis with steel body has a 106 inch wheelbase, MacPherson independent wheel axles, a large egg-crate grille (nicknamed “coupe-frites” or a “french-fry cutter” by the French), a fake hood scoop, a ribbed stainless steel dashboard, stainless steel door handles, an impressive jet-age three-spoked steering wheel, two-colour leather seat covers, steel wheels with chromed hubcaps and hydraulic drum brakes all round.
- A four-speed manual gearbox (pont-a-mousson gearbox) was optional, just like wire wheels, Dayton wheels and two-tone colouring.