From Street Legal TV: Lady Luck was on Alan’s side in 2008. In 2008 he found an original 1965 Mercury Comet Drag Car while roaming the Texas countryside. He found it sitting in the back of a warehouse whiling doing some picking. As soon as he laid eyes on the Comet it was love at first site which lead to him purchasing the car right then.
1965 Mercury Comet drag car junkyardOriginally, the Mercury was built to be a part of Ford’s Factory Drag Team in the mid 1960’s. Judging from the photos it was most likely a super stock car. In 1965 it was delivered to Les Ritchey’s Performance Associates in California for the price of $1.00 (Boy, do we wish shipping cars was still that cheap). It was raced in So-Cal for a few years and then some how it made it’s way to Texas. Here it became forgotten about and sat for 40 years or so. Seeing barn finds like this makes us wonder how cars like this up end in the places they do.
The Comet was found with it’s original 289 HI-PO engine that was attached to a Ford automatic transmission. Alan is currently in the processes of giving this car a full nuts and bolts restoration. In time he will have this car up and running. Hopefully, this machine will get to relive it’s glory days of racing down the strip once again.