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Pick of the Day: Meet Hayjo, the 1963 Comet convertible

Entertaining advertising text shares car’s features and faults

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Gotta love it when a private seller offers up an advertisement for a vehicle for sale on ClassicCars.com with delightful personality. Case in point, the Pick of the Day, a 1963 Mercury Comet Custom convertible. 

The car and presumably the seller are located in Henderson, Nevada, and the seller suggests you meet “Hayjo!” 

“Hay” for short has a 289cid V8 engine linked to a 3-speed automatic transmission, with a 2-barrel carburetor underneath a scooped hood.

“She’s got a great butt with tail fins,” the advertisement continues.

But — honesty in advertising — not all is great. “Electronic windows and a digital dash that is not working correctly so you get to guess your speed!”

The air conditioning isn’t working, but Hay does have disc brakes in front and dual exhaust in back. 

The silver paint is of Mercedes-Benz specification, and there are imperfections, “but don’t judge too harshly cuz I bet you have a few yourself,” the seller adds. 

Nonetheless, “She’s a head turner and will increase your sex appeal!  She comes with an upgraded radio and a Viper security system with a backup battery and siren that is equipped with GPS tracking.”

The seller notes custom two-color black and gray vinyl seats with matching door panels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

 The seller says the car used to live in California but has relocated to the Las Vegas valley, “so no harsh winters for this girl!”

Mercury introduced its compact Comet model for 1960, sharing  components with the Ford Falcon. The upscale Comet Custom came in 1962. The Custom came in convertible form for 1963, when the Comet Special S-22 also debuted, and identified by its triple-taillamp display. 

“We are asking $20,000 OBO.  Remember, she’s our baby girl so don’t low ball us or HayJo will be sad and will realize you don’t know her worth!  (She had an insurance appraisal of condition and value in May 2019 and the average adjusted value totaled $23,243.)”

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Looks like HayJo’s gonna be “ sad “ because with no working windows, dash or A/C I don’t think an offer close to 20 K will be made. More in line @ 12K.

  2. Luv it when a seller starts out with “no lowball offers please”. This car looks nice but you cannot spot flaws, I.e. scratches small dents, pitting, etc.
    We do know that it is a restomod w/o matching numbers for several reasons, the ‘63 did not come with a 289 instead came with a 260 cu V8. The A/C and dash electronics could cost thousands to repair.
    If you use Hagerty’s Collector car price guide this car would fall between #3 and #4 car (fair @ $9800 to good @ 14400) this is right on with the previous comment by Gert @ $12200 !

  3. Mercury didn’t introduce the Comet in 1960, it was to be an Edsel product. Although it was sold at Mercury dealerships, in 1960 and 1961 it was just named Comet. 1962 was the first year of the Mercury badging.

  4. Sorry Hayjo. I know she’s your baby girl, but that doesn’t mean I love my neighbors kids. Sadly with the incorrect paint and motor, along with it stated flaws your pricing is very ambitious. The scooped hood is also not a “special feature” that attracted me to this car. With 12,000 miles on the clock I’m a bit suspicious why it needed new motor, interior, and paint. Second? Third? time around? Good luck with it’s sale.

  5. no working AC in south caroina is a non starter or at least 2k off the price that’s the cost of a complete AC redo compressor, lines, 134 system check and recharge , orifice tube and dryer plus labor with this being a specialty car with rare parts

  6. Boy; someone sure knows how to throw the ‘Hay’, that’s all I can say.

    Your ‘owner’ can argue anything he likes, or can put any amount of lipstick on a pig that he likes for that matter, but that don’t mean anyone’s going to ask her to dance at 22k.

    Take it from someone who once put all digital instrumentation into an analog car…it’s dicey at best. It has aftermarket a/c that looks like aftermarket, when the OEM hanging unit is easily available used on ebay. Power windows which don’t work, and never ‘factory’ in any Comet, aren’t going to impress anyone either! While Hay’s seats look like they are nicely done, this car is clearly retro-modded courtesy of a Pep Boys makeover!

    The benchmark in this category is the 63 Falcon Sprint Conv. with the 260 V8 and 4 speed tranny and console, or obviously; the 63 Nova conv. The Comet was always ‘b’ list, though at 10k, this one would be more acceptable in an appropriate price range…I think (subject to actual inspection given all of the owner’s admitted shortcomings…while not adjusting the value).

  7. No, no, JuanWik- the front mount distributor and the valve covers clearly ID this as an early 260/289 Ford V8. Was it a 6 inline, that camera angle wouldn’t show the distributor at all.
    I agree with y’all ’bout that sketchy digital dash & nonfunctional windows, and for my taste (I’m a GTO guy, but my Gramps had a ’63 S55 Merc Marauder, 427/2×4/4spd, red over red & the coveted triple taillights; the uncrossed 2.5in/HushThrush duals set my standard for old muscle sound when I was 7yoa, the backtalk was simply awesome) the hood scoop is an abomination to Ford, Mercury, car folk, and possibly even Kim Jong Il. Mo bedda would be the FoMoCo teardrop heat release hood bubble, ala the Thunderbolt Fairlane/Galaxie clones. Even mo bedda would be a “Caliente” hood, with fake scoops kinda like the ’64 GTO, ’67 Chevy Chevelle SS… Anything! Would! Be! Better!
    Sorry, HayJo needs either a lot of intense work, or a serious price reduction to be viable.
    I’d go $4500.

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