SEMA 2014: 1965 Mercury Comet R Racer

1965-mercury-comet-r-craftsman-frontThis car began its life as a 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente – the souped up version of the Ford Falcon. That was before the guys at Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle transformed this sizzling car into a Trans Am-inspired street machine!

The “Craftsman Comet” made its debut at SEMA 2014 at the Craftsman Tools/Stewart Warner booth. It features a Roush 427R motor with a Hillborn EFI stack and a Holley computer. This period-correct setup would have been on a high-performance race car of the day. The engine is coupled to a Hurst Driveline Tremec T-56 six-speed transmission with a Moser engineering rear end.

1965-mercury-comet-r-craftsman-rearThe car rides on a Mustang II front suspension with RideTech shocks and a custom rear suspension from Hot Rod Chassis. Wheels are HRCC-designed Weld Racing “Riverside” wheels with Nitto tires and Wilwood disc brakes.
1965-mercury-comet-r-craftsman-interiorI love the color combination and the straight body lines of this car! The “vintage NASCAR” look can be difficult to pull off, but I think these guys have definitely succeeded!