After the 427 High Riser Comets mowed down the A/FX competition in 1964, Lincoln-Mercury returned with even more resolve in 1965, broadening its assault with small-block powered Comets targeting the B/FX class. Bill Stroppe Engineering was contracted to build 15 lightweight Comet Cyclones with blueprinted 289 high performance engines and the proven L-M formula for saving weight: fiberglass hood, doors, fenders and bumpers, lightweight plexiglass windows, rudimentary bucket seats and radio, heater and soundproofing deletes. The heart of these cars was the Cobra-proven 289/271 HP small block which, when fitted with optional Weber downdraft carburetion, generated almost 400 horses at 7000 RPM, enough to trailer most competitors and thrill the fans who flocked to watch the FX cars.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Gordon Buehrig-designed Cord 812 has reached the status of art in the American automotive pantheon, combining such technical advances as the first independent-suspension front wheel drive system with famously daring styling that included hideaway headlights, sweeping low-profile bodywork and the timeless “coffin-nose” front end.
This 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton is scheduled to cross the block at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction 2012 on national television at 7:15PM on Saturday, January 28.