Mini Fins: 1961 Mercury Comet

1961 Mercury Comet

Robert RothbardBy Robert Rothbard

The seller of this Comet says that this “barn car” has some body rust but no images or further details are given. There is 74K showing on the odometer though. The seats, headliner, and brake lines have been recently replaced.  The car is said to run great and a battery cutoff switch has been installed under the dash.  The owner says: “It’s a great car, not fast but a great piece of jet age Detroit to cruise around in”. Find it here on Hemmings where it’s priced at $4,000 (negotiable).

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  1. Luke Fitzgerald

    Had a jam job – so what, I guess – wouldn’t you steam clean the engine and spring for some whitewalls? – is that the correct shifter angle? I suppose for less than 4 large its ok if it goes and has floors

  2. Cassidy

    That prndl handle does look high, but the close-up doesn’t show that the handle as bent so its looks ok. Nice looking interior, but since its a Vermont car, a close inspection of the underside is definitely warranted. I wouldn’t mind owning it, but I’ll never buy a rust belt car again; I don’t care how nice the top half looks!

    • Ed P

      If my memory is correct, Ford shift levers did go very high.

  3. Chris in WNC

    NO-NO-NO-NO whitewalls on this car, please…..

    if the rust is manageable this would be a great driver!

  4. piper62j

    I can’t believe it.. I took my drivers’ ed class in one of these.. Couldn’t kill it with all the new drivers that handled it.. Really a sweet mover.. Cheap to own and a good “get arounder”.. Nice. Eh Hem….! Price is a little off the mark.. IMHO

  5. Dolphin Dolphin Staff

    Looks like a pretty nice Comet, and I like that orange-peel-blue paint—the color part, not the orange peel part. But if you want an early ’60s “compact” car as they were called back then, if this one goes and had floors, as Luke says, it might be worth an offer. That kind of ad tells me you could buy this for less than the asking if you show up with cash money. My guess is that the seller doesn’t want to have to repaint it to move it.

  6. JW454

    With it being an automatic, I think I would find a 289 or later 60’s 302 to boost the power but I leave the rest as is.

    • Jason Houston

      Yes, but then you mess up the suspension and it will never handle properly. If you don’t like a 6-cylinder car, buy a Mustang or Falcon or later Comet with a V8. V8s are better performance cars anyway.

  7. Chris A.

    I learned to drive on one of these in pale blue with a three on the tree. The shift lever actually broke when my dad shifted from second to third. Horrible seats, steering and brakes. Ford Falcon with fins. My sister named it the “vomit”. She and I would fight over who got to drive the ’58 VW convertible instead of being seen in the vomit. Build quality was non existent.


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