1962 Mercury Comet Custom Wagon
One Family Owned for Over 47 years
This car was sold new at Foothill Motors in Pasadena CA on Jan 20th 1962. The base price was $2772 and the options were Merc-o-matic, Padded dash, Full wheel covers, passenger mirror, Electric tailgate window, Backup lights, Push button radio, tinted glass. The car was bought as a regular family car but always taken great care of and parked in the garage.
Then in Feb 1975 the car was upgraded with a new engine. A 1966 289 with only 24,000 miles, shelby solid cam, c8zz ford intake and a holly 600 carb, a C4 PEE transmission and a 1957 9" rearend was installed. Car was updated to 5 lug front & rear as well as upgrading to 14" wheels and full wheelcovers. And the car always looked just like it did originally....stock
This car was kept in the same family till I bought the car in 2010. Since than I have installed new tires, even a new spare, a complete new duel exhaust system with flowmaster mufflers (sounds great) new Alternator, new plugs, new wires, carb was rebuilt, valves adjusted, new fuel filter, new front brake drums, brake shoes. All with receipts.
I have the original sales order & all paperwork & receipts showing owner and trade in, most every registration since new. I even have the original black CA licence plates along with Foothill motors license frames. Also included is a full car cover.
The car shows 49,492 miles which I was told is original to the car.
The body has no rust, other then a little surface you can see in the picture where I lifted up the factory rubber mat in the rear. The color is original as well as all the interior. As it was a family car and used it does have normal chips and wear around the car, chrome/stainless is bright and shiny, rear bumper does have a dent, all the windows and locks work, wipers work, windshield does have one rock chip, heater works, all lights and blinkers work, rear power tailgate window works from dash switch but not from key switch, the old tach works sometimes and the radio lights up but does not play music. The rear seat folds down flat for hauling lots a stuff and three seat belts were added to the rear to match the front (kinda odd front seats came with belts but none for the kids in the back) I also have the original gun sight spears for the tops of the front fenders.
This is a great family cruiser that seems to make everyone smile as you drive by.
The reserve price is more then fair for such a rare classic Mercury Wagon in this shape
Mercury Comet for Sale
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Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:27:00 EST
According to a Bloomberg report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded an investigation into complaints of unintended acceleration lodged against Ford vehicles. The investigation began in June of 2010 when just three complaints had been received and it only concerned the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, but this was at a time when the phrase "unintended acceleration" made grown men go pale. With 49 additional complaints received since then, the investigation has been reclassified as an engineering analysis - the last phase before a recall - and it has been expanded to include the Lincoln MKZ, making for a total of "around 480,000" units affected between the three sedans from the 2008 to 2010 model years.
Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:20:00 EST
The ostensible cause is that floor mats are trapping the accelerator pedal, but according to a Ford statement at the time, the entrapment is due to owners placing the optional all-weather floor mats, or aftermarket floor mats, on top of the car's standard floor mats. NHTSA has backed up that assessment, pinning the blame on "unsecured or double stacked floor mats."
On the face of it, it would appear that NHTSA has upgraded the status not because of Ford's error, but owner error, and Ford has stated publicly that it is "disappointed" in NHTSA's move. On top of NHTSA still being skittish after that other unintended acceleration debacle, it could be seen to be taking its time investigating all of the variables: it's reported that Ford changed its accelerator pedal design in 2010, a "heel blocker" in the floorpan has been considered a potential culprit in how the floor mats could be trapping the pedal, some drivers have said the floor mats weren't anywhere near the pedal, and according to a report in the LA Times, in "a letter sent by Ford to NHTSA in August 2010, the automaker said it found three injuries and one fatality that 'may have resulted from the alleged defect.'"
Jill Wagner has officially given up her crown as the queen of Mercury. With the Ford middle child on its way to the scrap heap, Wagner no longer has any automotive hardware to promote. Given her varied talents, we wouldn't be surprised to see her pick up where she left off with another automaker.
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EST
And here you thought you'd never be upset about Mercury's passing.
Thanks for the tip, Gregg!
The Detroit News is reporting that Ford will recall some 370,000 Crown Victoria (pictured), Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles from model years 2005 through 2011, for an issue regarding the lower intermediate steering shaft. 355,000 of the vehicles in question were sold in the US, with the other 15,000 sold in Canada.
The report indicates that corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft could cause a "loss of steering," presumably because of a partial or complete failure of the part. The report points out the dealers will inspect and replace the offending steering component for recalled cars, and may also secure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft as needed. The company is unaware of any reports of the faulty part causing any accidents or injuries.
Ford helpfully lists states in which corrosion is more likely to have taken place, mostly in the Snow Belt, as you might guess. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia are listed.