If you recognize this car at all, you may be forgiven for thinking it is a Ford Maverick sedan, introduced in 1971, a year and a bit after the two-door.
After all, I forgave myself because that's what I thought. It's actually a Mercury Comet, which was added to the up-scale Ford brand, also in 1971.
This car, spotted in a PetroCan lot beside one of my favourite chip wagons, is largely original, including the paint. It came from Edmonton which probably helps explain its rust-free condition.
And while you don't see many of these any more, Maverick actually got off to a pretty hot start. Introduced in early 1969 as a 1970 model year car, it sold better in its first year than the Mustang did, with which it shared Falcon-based componentry.
Over two million Mavericks and Comets were sold - mostly Mavericks, which is why the Comet was relatively rare - before they were replaced by Fairmont and Zephyr respectively in 1977.
Maverick was built in a variety of countries, including Canada (Oakville and St. Thomas), several plants in the US, plus Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil.
OK, well, not the dull brown example shown above!
But the names I liked the best were "Hulla Blue", "Anti-Establish Mint", "Freudian "Gilt".
And surely the greatest car paint colour name of all time, "Thanks Vermillion".
Wish I could find a decent photo of one of those...