1963 Mercury Comet Convertible For Sale. F code 260 cubic inch V8 engine (the largest V8 available in the Comet for 1963), automatic transmission, power steering, 13” steel wheels with wire wheel covers and whitewall tires, rare Jamaica Yellow exterior (most likely a special ordered car), power convertible top with boot, dual chrome sport mirrors, two tone bench seat interior, working AM radio, sold new from O’Neil Lincoln Mercury in Knoxville Tennessee. All your cares in the world disappear when you get behind the wheel of this classic Mercury Comet. If you looking for a smooth driving classic that has been well cared for during its life don’t let this shooting star pass you by!!!
Mercury Comet is an automobile that was produced by Mercury from 1962–1969 and 1971-1977 — variously as either a compact or an intermediate car.
Comet was initially based on the compact Ford Falcon, then on the intermediate Ford Fairlane and finally on the compact Ford Maverick. As a Mercury, early Comets received better grade interior trim than concurrent Falcons, and a slightly longer wheelbase.
The Comet was originally planned as an Edsel model. It was reassigned to Mercury dealerships, where it was marketed as a standalone product for 1960 and 1961 as the Comet. There was a 1960 Edsel, the final model year for Edsel, but there was no Edsel Comet, only the Comet sold at Mercury-Comet dealers starting in 1960.
Developed concurrently with the Ford Falcon, early pre-production photographs of the sedan show a car remarkably close to the Comet that emerged, but with a split grille following the pattern established by Edsel models. Early Ford styling mules for the station wagon model carried the Edsel name as well.
At their debut, the split grille was replaced by one more in keeping with Mercury’s design themes. However, the canted elliptical taillights, first seen on the Edsel prototype, were used and carried the “E” (Edsel) part number on them. While the short lived 1960 Edsels used elliptical shaped taillights, the lenses used on both cars differed in length and width. Certain other parts from the 1959 Edsel parts bin, including the parking lights and dashboard knobs, were used on the first-year Comet. Keys for the 1960 and 1961 Comets were shaped like Edsel keys, with the center bar of the “E” removed to form a “C”.
The “comet” name was trademarked to Cotner-Bevington as the Comet Coach Company, building ambulance and hearse commercial vehicles. Ford bought the name in 1959.