Whenever my Mom comes to visit (like she did for Christmas in July 2012), she likes to bring me cool old stuff that was either hers or my grandparents.
This time, she brought me some fun smalls…like the keys to her car! Okay, well not really the keys to a car that she still has, these are the keys for her 1961 Comet Station wagon that is long gone. I had posted a picture of Mom’s 1961 Comet station wagon in a previous post, which attracted the attention of fellow retro blogger Uncle Atom, who is restoring a 1963 Comet wagon similar to Mom’s.
Above: My Uncle and Mom with retro station wagon.
About the car Mom says:
It was a 1961 Mercury Comet station wagon. (I actually still have the keys to it since I learned to drive in it.) When we traded it in in about 1967 we got a 1965 Mercury Comet station wagon which was black with “wood” sides and black vinyl interior. Since we lived near Newport, RI at the time and surfing was really big, our “woodie” of sorts was perfect for someone in high school and trying to be cool. My brother drove the 1965 wagon through his college years and into his working career until it was stolen in Cambridge, MA in April of that year (1980???) … the 400th car stolen in Cambridge so far that year. Guess burglars liked old wagons since it was before the mini van era took hold. He called me to tell me his car had been stolen but worst of all, his tools were in the back and were a bigger loss. Ahh the memories!
I found another photo of a retro station wagon in some pictures Mom gave me, and it looks to be different than the first photo I posted. What’s the scoop Mid Century Mom?
Above: Mom, my Uncle and my Grandfather with retro station wagon. Looks like the tail lights and interior are different!
Anyway, back to the keychain…
Uncle Atom, Mom says, “Ask your blogging friend Uncle Atom if he would like an authentic set of keys for his car restoration.”
So Uncle Atom, if you’d like, I’ll mail them your way. Send me an email @ email@example.com and let me know!