First offered by Lincoln Mercury dealers in 1962, the Mercury Comet had actually been designed as the entry-level Edsel. Similar in concept to the Ford Falcon, the Mercury Comet was a bit more upscale, and its 114-inch wheelbase (4.5 inches longer than the Falcon) made the Comet the “right new size” in Dearborn-speak. Though the current owner of this1962 Mercury Comet, for sale on Hemmings.com, has provided a thorough description, even more of the car’s backstory is available in the January issue of Hemmings Classic Car, where the Comet was the subject of a six-page Drive Report. In unrestored and mostly original condition, the Mercury would make a great weekend driver, and while its 170-cu.in., 101-horsepower six won’t be winning any stoplight throw-downs, it won’t break the bank with its care and feeding, either. From the seller’s description:
This is a one of a kind car, all original, and in excellent condition. A few engine parts, such as the starter, muffler etc. have been replaced over the years, of course, but otherwise this car is ALL ORIGINAL. Everything is there; every door knob, window crank, all the badges, all the knobs etc. The condition of the interior is unbelievable. A little wear on the upholstery of the driver’s side seat as you would expect. The dash and the instrument panel are immaculate, and look amazing with the classic “Rocket Age” styling. The exterior of the car is also in excellent condition. There is a small dent on the front of the hood (see pictures) and a few surface scratches on the body, but overall it looks great. This car was featured in the January 2016 Hemmings Classic Car Magazine which is “The Definitive All-American Collector-Car Magazine.” It received a 6 page spread in the drive report (see pictures). The classic cars chosen for features in this magazine are very special indeed. The Custom model of the Comet was produced in smaller numbers than the standard model and included an upgraded styling package. This car also has the upgraded 6 cylinder 170ci engine, the standard engine was 144ci. Although it has the higher horsepower, the engine is by no means a speed demon. This car is for cruising. It has a very comfortable back seat with plenty of legroom, so pick up some friends and take a ride in style! Current owner is only the second owner and has owned the car since 2001. Original title, original owners manual and a copy of the Hemmings Classic Car Magazine featuring this car is included with purchase.