By on February 26, 2012

One of our favorite stories is boy-meets-car, boy-sells-car, boy-finds-long lost car, boy-buys back-long lost-car. George Ouelette was able to make this storyline have the same happy ending in his life. He purchased his 1965 Comet 2 door hardtop back in 1966 when it was a solid courting car that he used on dates.

Things kind of worked out for George because he ended up with both the car and a new bride in 1968. The three of them were along for the honeymoon together and thus began a beautiful relationship. However a honeymoon two-door hardtop car is a little less practical as a family-hauler, so the car was traded away in 1971.

It was a moment of instant seller’s remorse for George, but he was a practical man with family obligations, so bye-bye Comet. In the early 80s, George decided that he wanted another Comet as a reminder of the first one that was so important to him in his younger years with his future bride.

Little did George know that he would find his own beloved Comet alone and unloved in a farmer’s pasture. The years had not been kind to his old friend-it had no hood, no engine, and no hope for a better life until George found it.

It was definitely his car-some of his old ID was still in the car. The Comet had spent some hard years on that farm hauling calves to town and rocks out of fields, so it was a major restoration project. But George was a lucky man because his lovely bride also had a soft spot for the long lost Comet.

It required a major financial commitment from both of them to restore the car back to its former glory. The Comet had to look just like the day it took them on their first date. George even managed to locate original factory upholstery for the car. The Oullettes wanted the Comet to be perfect.

The original engine was a six cylinder and the replacement was also a period six banger with the Blue Oval pedigree. The results of this restoration were nothing short of spectacular for the Comet because it is exactly like the first day George drove it in 1966.

The biggest highlight of the Comet’s post-restoration life was its place of honor at the Oullettes’ daughter’s wedding in the early 90s. It seemed fitting to invite this old family friend to that family wedding.

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6 Comments on “Car Collector’s Corner: 1965 Mercury Comet-Rescued From Pasture...”

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    I bought a white ’66 back in (I believe) 1974. 390 motor, three-speed auto on the console. Sagging rear leaf springs, and the big V8 liked oil as much as gas (which I improved greatly by running a coat hanger thru the oil drain holes at the ends of the cylinder heads).
    She was fast, but the front disk/rear drum brakes weren’t really up to the task. Being really “Young, Dumb, and Full of [Fun]”, the car saw the century mark more than once, and its worn-out shocks and springs made the exercise life-threatening, even on the mild curves of the expressway. I installed an FM Converter to make it a more suitable “party car”, replaced the exhaust system and other minor repairs kept her going for a year, but alas, one harsh Pennsylvania winter stripped away the “fresh” coat of white paint in many spots, and when I removed a fender skirt to replace a flat tire, I had to tear part of the rear fender off because the rust had made the two parts one.
    Needless to say, my Comet had a more ignominious end than the featured beauty, and the only “luck” I had in her was barely clinging to the pavement at 100mph on “Dead-Man’s Curve” of Rte. 28.

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    Volt 230

    Back in 66, my sister bought a slightly used 65 Comet, despite repeated visits back to the dealer, the damn thing could not stop shaking at 65 (pretty high speed those days) gave up and got a Mustang instead.

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    Nice story! I can see how they got attached to the ’65 Comet. I always thought it was one of the best sculpted and proportioned designs of the 60’s. Contrary to my usual practice, though, I think I’d have to call the sedan a little bit handsomer than the coupe.

    Were those fender skirts factory? If so, they must have been a rare option–I’ve never seen them before. They should have the rocker molding extended across them to look right, IMHO–exactly as Mercury did with the vinyl bodyside molding on the ’70’s full-size Marquis.

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      Never saw them before either (JB Whitney) specials?

      Could do the trim-extension thing by using a piece of door trim and cutting it down to fit.

      Speaking of 70’s Mercs, aren’t those hubcaps from something like a 70’s (Montego wagon)?

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    What an awesome story. Thanks for sharing and I hope the car remains for many years in the family.

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    old fart

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