1964 Mercury Comet With Half a Million Miles is Retired—What Next?
By Rory Carroll
By now you've probably heard about Rachel Veitch's 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente. She purchased the car new and has cared for it meticulously since.
As of last week, the odometer tallied more than 576,000 miles. The 93-year old Veitch appeared on the Tonight Show in 2010 to introduce Jay Leno to her “chariot.”
Veitch recently announced that she will retire the car because of her failing eyesight. She will not leave the car to her children or grandchildren for fear that they will not care for it properly.
From the few pictures that we've seen, the Comet still looks great and it's obviously a runner. There has been talk of finding a home for it in a museum, but shouldn't such a car be kept on the road?
Today is National Cherish an Antique Day, and we'd like to know how you would cherish this very special antique. Would it spend its days in a museum or head back out on the highway to rack up more miles? Leave us your answer in the Comments below.
Be warned—any mention of entering the car in a demolition derby or turning it into a donk will result in the immediate revocation of commenting privileges.
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I agree with Someone, and in fact that's where I thought this story was going.
And TXMX, I'd take it if it was offered to me. Sure, it's not a '57 Bel Air or a '66 GTO, but it's still a classic and to me, pretty much any old car that is a survivor like that one is "cool". Yeah, you won't have little kids and women gawking at it, but car guys will be super impressed when they realize it's original condition with that mileage. And no, I wouldn't use it as a daily driver, but for an occasional car show or weekend toy, it'd be fun.
Also, a Comet has quite a few parts in common with the same year Mustang, (the Stang was actually based on the Falcon/Comet platform) so most mechanical parts will be readily available, and MUCH cheaper, than you'd think. For things other than body and interior, I'd be willing to bet you'd spend much more on parts for say a new Camry or Accord. And since that Comet is most likely sporting a small straight 6 and a 1 barrel carb, it's probably more fuel efficient than you'd imagine. But really, with a non-daily driven classic, who cares about fuel effiency??
In the world of sought after collectibles this vehicle ranks pretty much nowhere. However when the seemingly mundane and ordinary survives longer than all the other simliar types, it becomes special just by surviving and being a bit of a time capsule to those that are into that sort of thing. Slightly cool but not paricularly valuable. Drive it and enjoy it for what it is, a slice of life and times past.
PS, if Leno took possesion he would probably stuff a new GT500 engine in it.
I don't think there is anything special about a '64 Comet.There isn't. The only thing that makes this car at all newsworthy is the fact it's owned by a 93 year old woman that drove it 576,000 miles. I'm sure '64 Comet and Falcon fans will disagree with us.
I need to put on a flame proof suit for this, but I don't think there is anything special about a '64 Comet. An older car like that will require special attention (i.e. expensive), parts are increasingly difficult to find, and it's not very fuel efficient. I love older cars, but there are some that just aren't all that special.
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