Found for sale a second time is this Green over black vinyl 1964 Mercury Comet four door station wagon here on Craigslist in Baltimore, Maryland where the caretaker for the past six years is currently hoping to get $7,000 for it. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the private owner currently has his Comet priced between the #2 “Excellent” level of $9,200 and the #3 “Good” value of $6,100.
Ford originally planned its new compact Falcon-based Comet to launch as a 1960 Edsel model. However, when Ford announced in November 1959 it was ending its failed Edsel experiment, the company reassigned the Comet to the Lincoln-Mercury division to sell at Mercury-Comet dealerships, where it was marketed as a stand-alone product for 1960 and 1961 as the Comet without any Mercury divisional badging. For 1964 Mercury redesigned the Comet with a much squarer shape, though it was still built on the same unibody as the 1963 model. While continuing to share its basic lines with the new Falcon, the Comet’s front grille used styling similar to that of Lincoln’s Continental. The 170 cubic inch inline six became the standard power plant, while a 200 cubic inch mill like the one featured in this example became optional.
The current caretaker reports his Comet features an older driver-quality repaint on what is a very straight and original body. He reports there are two minor dents caused by a errant tree branch that a competent paint-less dent repair specialist can address. The black vinyl interior appears to be nicely preserved original upholstery although the current owner notes a split in the front bench that needs to be addressed. The only interior modification mentioned is a new dual voice speaker in the dash connected to a new amp unit in the glove box with IPOD/Phone style input connection.
The seller reports his Comet features a recent front suspension rebuild in addition to newer Coker wide whitewall tires, a new battery, and an alternator conversion. He honestly reports the rear differential gasket has a slow drip, the engine valve cover gasket is leaking due to a broken bolt off in front, and the front driver side wheel cylinders may be going as the car is pulling driver and isn’t stopping fast. Also included in the sale is a proper-fitting rebuildable C4 three-speed automatic if you’d prefer to ass an extra gear for cruising.
Overall, this Comet is a great alternative to the more common Falcons that represents a great way to get into the car hobby and has enough room for the entire family to join you at any show you decide to drive it to. Good luck with the purchase!