5k: Ultimate Sleeper: 1961 Mercury Comet S22

The term ultimate sleeper gets tossed around a lot on the interwebs, including at this very website, but today..I swear…this is the ultimate sleeper.  It is the automotive equivalent of having a 357 magnum hidden inside a beanie baby or 5 lbs of C4 disguised as a tub of margarine. It is so sleepy that you might just fall asleep before you get past the pictures and into the description of its fire-breathing powertrain and suspension customization.  STAY AWAKE!!  Find this 1961 Mercury Comet S22 currently bidding for  $2,611 on eBay, located in Aurora, IL with 2 days to go.

This isn’t just a Comet with a hopped up engine…we’ll get to that later, but first you should know that it has a few things that didn’t come from the factory — including a Mustang II rack-and-pinion front end, disc brakes, and bluetooth stereo.

The story from the seller is that he bought it from a lady who got the car in a divorce/break-up from the hot-rodder that she was living with.  Why a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 from a 70s pickup was chosen is long lost to history, but the level of chrome in the engine bay indicates that it should have enough pickup to smoke the skinny rear tires. 

The red interior is setup for daily driving and uses a Corvette floor mounted shifter for the transmission.  The first generation Comet has that 50s/60s transitional feel to the interior/ergonomics and should be a cool place to do your driving.

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