Which car had bucket seats that could be adjusted separately, a map locker in between the seats, full width foam padded back seats and 17 stunning color schemes?
It was the 1961 Comet S-22 sport coupe, last week's mystery vehicle.
Tom Erickson, Larry Olson and Steve Anderson correctly guessed this. Norman Nelson, Dale Thomas, Carl Specht, Harry Austin, Arnie Johnson, Howie Lee, Jim Johnson and Russ Moore guessed that it was a '61 Comet.
Olson said that this car was not called a Mercury Comet until 1962. He said there were 14,004 S-22s made at $2,282 each. The standard engine was a 144 cubic inch six-cylinder that produced 85 horsepower and the optional engine was a 170 cubic inch six-cylinder that produced 101 horsepower.
Thomas, who at first guessed the Comet to be a 1962 Mercury Comet Caliente, said he was a "Ford fanatic."
This 1961 Comet Series S-22 was last week's Guess the Vehicle.
Anderson wrote it wasn't until 1964 that these Comets were available with a 260 cubic inch eight-cylinder engine.
"I saw one of the short track legends, Dick Trickle, drive one of these equipped with a 426 tunnel port V8 on tracks in Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids in the mid-'60s," he said. "I don't know what year the car was but mostly what the other drivers saw of it was the rear bumper."
Arnie Johnson said the '61 Comets were promoted as the "Better Compact Car."
On the Internet, I found this advertising slogan for the '61 S-22: "See the new Comet S-22... and take your seat in the newest, niftiest interior under the smartest roof in the compact field."
Guess the Vehicle goes on hiatus
What: The Guess the Vehicle column will not appear in the Dispatch on June 9 and 16. It will return June 23.
Some of the other options included a four-spoke steering wheel, backup lights, independent air conditioning, push button radio and electric tailgate window.
And the answer is...
The answer to last week's trivia question, "When was the maximum speedometer reading mandated at 85 mph?" was Sept. 1, 1982.
Olson, Larry Roscoe, Rosemary Petrich and Mark Kargel guessed correctly.
Roscoe wrote that the transportation secretary in 1982 hated motorcycles and motorcyclists (she wrote a book called "Murdercycles" that was filled with hyperbole how they corrupted morals, etc.).
"She decided that if a motorcyclist didn't see how fast they were going beyond 85 mph, they wouldn't do it," he said. "So she got the Department of Transportation to mandate 85 mph speedometers on all motorcycles for several years. She did the same to cars.
"Of course, we just learned to use our tachometers when we buried the needles of our 85 mph speedometers," he said. "Anybody remember 140 mph Mustang GTs with those silly 85 mph speedometers?"
Pillager Car Show slated
for June 25
The Pillager Lions first-ever car show is June 25 at the Pillager Fairgrounds. The public is welcome and admission is free for this Advance Auto Parts-sponsored show.
Registration is from 10 a.m.-noon. The show hours are noon-6 p.m. followed by music and dancing by DJ -- Lost Rider 7-11 p.m.
The first 50 registered vehicles receive a dash plaque donated by Advance Auto Parts. Registration is $10 per vehicle and all types of vehicles are welcome, including antiques, classics, muscle cars and street rods.
The drawing for the award plaque for People's Choice will be at 4 p.m.
clint wood, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5869.
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