A motivated seller appears to be looking for the next caretaker of their Ivy Gold Metallic 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente convertible here on Craigslist in Milltown, New Jersey where the owner states, “make a reasonable offer.” Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Insurance Valuation Tool as a guide, the private seller has his Comet priced $900 below the #3 “Good” level of $12,800 and we note this does not include the 25% kicker that should be added for the 289 V8 this car is equipped with. While this car is listed as a private sale, the lack of license plates and a white handwritten tag on the key shown in the pictures has us a bit concerned who exactly is selling this car. If this ends up having being someone trying to make a quick flip, offer no more than $10,000 but only if the underside of the car checks out.
Mercury redesigned its Comet for 1964 with a much more square shape, though it was still built on the same unibody as the 1963 model it shared with the Ford Falcon. While it shared the side panel contours with the new Falcon, the front grille and rear tail light panels were much more distinctive. The 1965 example presented here features the updated stacked headlights and full width hidden tail light grill that almost mimics the Pontiac GTO of the same vintage.
While the seller does not provide mileage, he reports that the 289 cubic inch V8 has been rebuilt and that his car benefits from a fresh paint, exhaust, tires, brakes, and fuel tank as well as a new convertible top. While he states the interior is “Like New,” we’re convinced the seats have been recovered in a very poorly chosen darker green that does not match much of the interior trim or the exterior color. We could be wrong, however we’re fairly confident the seat color originally matched the color of the lower door panels on this example. Please comment below if you disagree.
While we think this may be an excellent candidate for a family looking for a fun collector car for not a lot of money, be sure to do a thorough underbody inspection of this example and pay close attention to how well the doors and truck lid open and shut as fresh paint can often hide many sins to unsuspecting eyes. If everything checks out, the next caretaker will have a great car at a great price. Good luck with the purchase!