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Canadian ‘Boomer’ wants to gift rare Mercury muscle car to young enthusiast

Canadian ‘Boomer’ wants to gift rare Mercury muscle car to young enthusiast
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Millenials have it rough. They face sky-high rent prices; astronomical college tuition; and a lower relative income compared to wager-earners of prior decades, all of it topped off by older generations telling them they don’t have it rough.

On top of all of this, they keep hearing that tired refrain, “kids these days just aren’t interested in classic cars,” because, y’know, they’d rather be on their phones all day.

Well, one self-proclaimed Boomer is hoping to prove that maxim wrong by offering up his own 1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT project car absolutely free to some lucky young enthusiast who wants it.

And this is not just any Cyclone GT, but one factory-equipped with a 335-HP 390 big-block V8 — the same type of engine that powered Steve McQueen’s Mustang in Bullitt. Partly disassembled, and covered in rust spots, the Cyclone is obviously a project, but no doubt a deserving one. Many spare parts are included, and reviving this car would be very doable for the motivated DIY enthusiast.

The full story can be found in this video from Genius Garage; it details how the car’s owner, Mike, credits his seventh-grade English teacher with putting him on the path that lead to him becoming a successful automotive engineer.

Mike says the teacher sold him a 1970 Mercury Cougar for just $50 in order to give him something productive to work on. He did; in fact, now Mike’s a bit of an expert, having restored dozens of cars himself.

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This kindness given to him by his former teacher is what Mike hopes to pay forward to someone from a younger generation, or even to a young enthusiast and their parent who want to work together to bring back the Mercury.

1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

Full disclosure: I applied, too. As a young enthusiast myself, I can see how hard it is for some to get started in this hobby when you have jerks asking crazy money for rotted out muscle cars .

So for all you young people wishing Boomers would give us a break, here’s your chance. And maybe one day decades later when you have the chance, you’ll pay it forward, too.
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