Some features and design elements of older compact cars have always made us wonder exactly how automotive designers allowed certain features to be removed. Thanks to this vintage Mercury Comet commercial from 1972, we now know how the whole process works.

If we got dressed up in hospital scrubs and performed "surgery" using a blowtorch to shrink a car, we'd imagine some weird designs and forgotten features would probably be the best possible outcome. In between taking out a few inches of room here and some foam padding there it would be hard to resist removing more than just the cigarette lighter.

Mercury only showed us the typical build process to prove that their Comet wasn't built that way. Clearly the proof was in the Comets deep carpeting (from door to door) and foam padding.