No one had ever attempted to drive forty days and forty nights through fourteen countries, spanning the globe from Argentina to Alaska. The route from Ushuaia, Argentina to Fairbanks, Alaska offers any challenger the extremes of weather and the unpredictability of international roads. But on September 12, 1964 a team of rotating drivers and three Mercury Comet Caliente hardtops sped northward through mountains, desert, jungle, and back through mountains again. The three 1965 Mercury coupes were regular production models, the same car sold at any Mercury showroom. Their assigned mission was anything but regular–to prove to the public that Comet is the world’s durability champion. After a journey of 16,247 miles, with no repairs other than routine maintenance, the trio of Caliente’s rolled into Fairbanks, Alaska on October 22, 1964.