Mix one part rockabilly with an equal helping of gearhead fabricator, stir vigorously, and what pours out is Tom Habrzyk. The guy looks like Brian Setzer but plays the small-block Ford, twisting them till they scream. A Polish exchange student who barely spoke English 10 years ago, he’s going to school while spinning wrenches for pennies, driving a primered ’58 Fairlane every day, and setting motorcycle land speed records at Bonneville and El Mirage. It’s as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and a dire need for a 10-second ’73 Mercury Comet. And not easy 10s, but normally aspirated with a tiny 306ci Ford on pump gas.
People who don't know performance may scoff at this 1973 Mercury Comet, but guys in the know understand that this neat coupe has a better power-to-weight ratio than the Mustang and the production figures are a fraction of the more famous pony car. Fast, rare, and affordable? Maybe it's time to have a closer look at the Comet.
One summer afternoon when I was about fourteen, my stepdad brought home a completely flat-black 1973 Mercury Comet. It had been hit behind the door, but the door had been replaced and someone had hammered the body out enough that the door shut fine. The rest of the car looked awesome, with the GT hoodscoop, small ducktail spoiler and an attitude problem courtesy of a screamer of a 302 under the hood. We had a huge yard (at least a couple of acres) and since we didn’t live near people, I got to raise all sorts of hell. I learned how to do pretty much every illegal maneuver you can do in a car in that Comet. It was light, it was nimble, and it had balls. That car could bootleg-turn without thinking twice.
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