Rachel Vietch and her Mercury Comet - Orlando Sentinel
What's better than any husband and worth packing a pistol to protect? If you're of the same mindset as 90 year old retired nurse Annie Vietch, it's a 1964 Mercury Comet. To hear her tell the tale of her car, it's the most faithful companion a girl could ever wish for.
Through the ups and downs of three marriages, a 1980 crash, and even a speeding ticket for zipping along at 95 miles per hour, the little compact from the middle of the last century has been the most steadfast of partners. "She's a feisty old girl" says the equally fiery owner of her 600,000 mile car, which she calls her Chariot.
While Cash For Clunkers won't accept a 45 year old car, Vietch won't sell, anyway. "I'll die fighting for her," says Vietch, and the current thinking is that the car will wind up in the Henry Ford museum. The impressive longevity is even more noteworthy when one stops to consider how much better-made automobiles have become in the ensuing four and a half decades.
Of course, something newer may offer more luxury than the scrappy little Ford that's easy to keep going and has had a small appetite for parts over the years, but it's hard to argue with the Comet's demonstration of how taking care of an automobile - any automobile - will make it last as long as you desire. While that revelation might not warm the hearts of new car dealers, the myriad of service establishments would probably smile broadly to see the two wisened ladies drop by. Well done.