When Have You Seen One? 1964 Comet Wagon

Here’s a California wagon (ok, at least it was last licensed in California) with relatively minor rust and a reasonable starting bid (yes, there is a reserve). It’s a 1964 Mercury Comet wagon, and it’s now located in Broomfield, Colorado. It’s being auctioned off here on eBay, where the opening bid (as yet un-offered) is $1,500. And when’s the last time you’ve seen one of these in the wild?

The seller tells us that the rust is largely confined to the outer edges of the floorboards and the battery tray. I can see some minor surface rust elsewhere but nothing that really concerns me. And as I’ve pointed out before to some of your amusement, floor patches are hidden under carpet, so even my so-so welding is adequate!

Does anyone else see a mini version of the 1961-1963 Lincoln Continental from this view? We can see the California plate as well. I hope it spent most of it’s life there and not out in the snow like it is for these pictures. The seller reports too many projects, although interestingly they report that trading for the car is also a possibility.

The inside is pretty rough. I’m not sure what discolored the seat so badly on the driver’s side, and I’m not really sure if I want to find out! Perhaps an inexpensive seat cover is in order before the first drive. The dash itself doesn’t look too bad, and I found a relatively inexpensive carpet kit here. By the way, the seller mentions that this is a “404” car, which is the second highest trim level.

Here’s the engine, which the seller tells us is a 289 V8, which identifies this as a later 1964 car (early ones got a 260). The seller mentions needing to replace the transmission, but doesn’t mention why. They also talk about needing to replace the fuel tank; I’m guessing you’ll need to replace or rebuild most of the fuel system in general. I wonder what the reserve actually is? What do you think this neat wagon will sell for?

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Comments

  1. BillB

    This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available. Must have been sold locally.

  2. tasker

    Cool wagon but I want that F-series!!

  3. JMC

    I noticed that this car retains it’s original fuel cap on the side…them
    babies are gettin’ scarce!

  4. Rustytech Member

    Too far away to interest me, and listing cancelled, but this is a decent little wagon, the 298 is a nice upgrade. I think the seat dis coloring look mor like sun baking than stain, in any case the cover will need replaced. This is going th make a nice driver for someone.

  5. dm

    Looks like a great candidate for a Dyno Don replica wagon. Add a high-riser blister hood and drive it.

  6. snerd

    I contacted the seller, his son changed his mind (they removed the auction) and now wants to use it as a project. Cool wagon with all the right stuff!

  7. David G

    Oh yeah, i do see the Continental resemblance. Devil’s in the details of course, and this one’s theme doesn’t have nearly the level-of-detail represented in the Continental. Still, as you alluded, plenty of brand recognition there on the front end! Good call…

  8. Wayne S.K.

    Dang, these pics bring back memories. My Aunt had one of these when I was around 5. EXACTLY like this. Same color and everything. If it had N.Y. plates I would swear it was the same one. Mom & Dad, Aunt & Uncle would climb in the front, us kids in the back with blankets, and up the New England coast we’d ride. VACATION TIME!

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