We came across this white over red, 33,500 mile 1961 Mercury Comet two door coupe here on Craigslist in Basking Ridge, New Jersey where the current caretaker is asking $6,500. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for this car, the private seller currently has his Comet fairly priced $1,000 below the #3 “Good” condition level of $7,500.
Here’s the seller’s description of his Comet:
“Up for sale is a 1961 Comet, 2dr, 6Cyl, 3 speed on the column (stick shift). Car was in dry storage for 25 years before I acquired it and is showing just over 33, 000 miles. I would believe this to be original based on the condition of the car and how well it runs and drives. Engine runs smooth, starts right up, no noise or smoke. Clutch and driveline engage smoothly and drives like a new car. The Comet is completely original with NO modifications at all. Interior is almost perfect no rips or discolorations as it the trunk with the original mat, jack and spare tire. The car has some rust as indicated in the pictures, common rust in usual places. Floors are good, there is a little rust (size of a dollar bill) where fender meets floor on PS. The rest of the car is solid from what I’m seeing. Work done to the Comet include 4 new shocks, 4 tires, new brakes, wheel cylinders and hoses all around. New fuel pump, battery, replacement of all flexible fuel lines, filter and rebuilt carburetor. Chassis lube and all fluid and oils changed.”
We think this example is an excellent way to get into the collector car hobby for not a lot of money as this is a thrifty car to drive that is very easy to work on. We say enjoy it this summer and then address the minor rust issues (repair only – please do not restore!) over the winter. Good luck with the purchase!