1963 Mercury Comet
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1963 Mercury Comet $23,900
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 Mercurys 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 elliptically 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.
1963 Mercury Comet Specifications
Classic Car ID100927673
CategoryMuscle & Pony Cars
Trim Body Style
Custom Exterior ColorN/A
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