Jim Smart
March 13, 2006
Photos By: Mark Houlahan

Outside, the Comet wasn't much on aesthetics, virtually devoid of any trim work. As here, it had dog dish poverty caps and steel 14x6-inch wheels clad in body color. Under the hood, its structure is specially modified to clear the 427's long-profile air cleaner. Closer inspection of the shock towers reveals holes bored through the steel to access exhaust-header bolts. Special reinforcements exclusive to the Ford and Mercury 427 intermediates can be seen behind the hood hinges.

Pete is no stranger to the Ford legacy. His Comet shares space with a variety of respected stable mates, including a '66 Comet Cyclone GT, '68 Falcon sports coupe, '85 Mustang LX 5.0, '67 Fairlane GT, '69 Cougar Eliminator, '70 428 Cobra Jet Mustang Mach 1, '70 Boss 302, and a '69 Fairlane Cobra Jet, but it was the Comet that Pete brought to the 2005 All-Ford Nationals. The annual Carlisle, Pennsylvania show is the perfect place to spot such rare Ford iron.

Pete's greatest challenge is finding time to drive these cars, but he knows which ones mean the most to him. The rare Comet sighting Pete experienced a few short years ago changed his perspective to some degree. Powerful sedans like this one don't show up every day.

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