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Actually, as I am the youngest daughter of one of the owners, Comet was started in 1947 in Wichita, Kansas. It was there that they were produced until 1956 when it was moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. It was in business until 1981 when the family had lost the company to economic times, i.e. high gas prices.

It was a family owned and run business all of those but the last 2 years. We were all involved eventually and were very proud of the product we produced and tried very hard to back up and help all who had them.

History

As we understand, there are only a handful of these Comets. The Comet was manufactured in Coffeyville Kansas in 1955. Actually, as I am the youngest daughter of one of the owners, Comet was started in 1947 in Wichita, Kansas. It was there that they were produced until 1956 when it was moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. It was in business until 1981 when the family had lost the company to economic times, i.e. high gas prices.

It was a family owned and run business all of those but the last 2 years. We were all involved eventually and were very proud of the product we produced and tried very hard to back up and help all who had them.

Years built

1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959,1972

Models

We had 16', 18', 21', 22', 23', 24', 25' and later we added the 28'. We also had park models and fifth wheels. We had begun to get into minihomes but only made around 30 or 40 of them before we were closed.

Interiors

Interiors changed over the years. Some had gauchos, which is a type of couch that could be made into a bed. There were dinettes similar to a booth by of setup that also would make into a bed. Some had an overhead bunk. Linoleum was standard on the floor but one could get carpet if they wanted in later models. Wood paneling on the walls and curtains and sheers on the windows.

Standard Features

Unique features/Options

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Notice the original and unique wrap around front windows providing ample light for interior of trailer and great exterior look which was introduced in 1956. Prior to that the window arrangement was a more standard 3 ganged in the middle front.
  • Original wonderful red paneled birch cabinets-ample storage in draws and cabinets, closets all with original and operable hardware
  • Shiny aluminum exterior with striking red cheveron patterned after the early '50's Chevy cars and “Comet” insignia.
  • Dinette boasts brand new quality custom made cushions with chevrons and new formica table top. Cushions fold to bed.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Actual weight ONLY 1590 lbs making easier to tow - windows in front and back allow for view through trailer while towing
  • 71/2 ft. tall 61/2 ft. wide 12 ft. long with 31“ tongue

Ad from September 1953

Ad with floor layout

Specs and pricing from 1955

Prices

Pictures

Some owners

Just bought one of these, a 1953. Desperately seeking info! Tnoble406@hotmail.com 2/10/14

Jack Sasson rdbiker48245@aol.com

Can the original author please contact me? Jack rdbiker48245@aol.com

Mark & Patty Mid Michigan mkehoe55@hotmail.com

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