'I love my car because ... I've owned this Comet for 48 years. Six generations of my family have ridden in this car.'

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Owner: Virgil Mellick, Bellingham

Occupation: Carpenter/contractor

Car’s make and model: 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente

“I love my car because … I’ve owned this Comet for 48 years. Six generations of my family have ridden in this car. I was 18 years old when I bought it, and back then they threw in a full tank of gas. I’ve done everything but the paint, which is a color called sea foam green. The running gear is from a 1968 Shelby. It has a C-4 transmission, ratchet shift kit and a brand-new front end. With 280 horses under the hood, I still get 22 miles to the gallon and it rides and drives like a dream.”


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