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Pick of the Day: Comet was Falcon’s tail-finned cousin

Stylish 1963 Mercury compact has power convertible top


“Before there was the Mustang, the Ford Falcon and Mercury Comet were the go-to choices for right-sized cars that were fun to drive and affordable to own,” notes the Macedonia, Ohio, dealership advertising the Pick of the Day — a 1963 Mercury Comet convertible — on ClassicCars.com.

“The Comet was a bit bigger and more luxurious than the bare-bones Falcon and offered a unique look that set it apart,” the dealer continues. “For many people, it was a big step up, offering big car looks and comfort without the big car price tag.

“That remains true today, where you can own this awesome 1963 Comet convertible for less than the cost of a comparable Mustang.”

Comet, Pick of the Day: Comet was Falcon’s tail-finned cousin, ClassicCars.com Journal
Comet, Pick of the Day: Comet was Falcon’s tail-finned cousin, ClassicCars.com Journal

The dealer reports the car to be a “nice older restoration” with a “great-running” 200 cubic inch inline-6 with automatic, so it’s easy to handle.”

Unlike the Falcon or the Mustang, the Comet coachwork had nicely styled tail fins. 

The convertible top opens and closes via electric power. 

The car is coated in Mercury’s Sultana White paint, a soft-white shade with yellow tones, and the dealer notes that the hue adds to the car’s upscale look. 

“Finish quality is very good with straight bodywork that doesn’t show signs of major rust or accident damage, good panel gaps, and end caps on those tail fins that fit almost seamlessly,” the dealer points out.

The dealer adds, however, that the “Comet” emblem on the hood is damaged, but adds, “For a car you’re going to drive, this one presents quite well.”

The interior is tan with bucket seats that were part of the S-22 trim package. 

Comet, Pick of the Day: Comet was Falcon’s tail-finned cousin, ClassicCars.com Journal
Comet, Pick of the Day: Comet was Falcon’s tail-finned cousin, ClassicCars.com Journal

“Ford’s remarkably smooth and torquey 200-cubic-inch inline-6 provides enough power to make the Comet feel sporting around town,” the advertisement reports. “It never seems to work very hard and the seven main bearing engine remains turbine smooth throughout the range. Given its bulletproof reliability and easy maintenance, it remains a great choice for the enthusiast looking for a car that’s easy to live with.

“The 3-speed Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission is a great complement to the six’s torque curve, pulling it off the line with enthusiasm yet cruising easily at highway speeds. 

“The undercarriage is clean with professionally-done floor patches in the usual spots, but nothing that should cause concern. The rockers and torque boxes are in excellent condition and all the factory convertible reinforcements are still in place.”

Bottom line from the dealer: “Cheaper than a Mustang and far less common, you’ll stand out at shows yet still benefit from the massive aftermarket that sprang up to support the Mustang –everything you will need is just a phone call away”

The Comet convertible is offered for $24,900. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
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.


  1. Larry, I don’t think 63 Comet was available with a 3 spd Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. I believe only a 2 spd auto was available from Ford that year, however, the choices were 3 spd and 4 spd standard and the 2 spd auto. I would like to be corrected if I am mistaken.
    1963 1/2 S22 Sportster roof 260 2 spd auto


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