Now that fall is in the air we've been leaning towards featuring 4WD vehicles in preparation for winter. A rear wheel drive wagon from the 60's powered by a little straight six mated to a 2 speed transmission might be the antithesis of a winter vehicle, but we like a challenge. It's amazing what you can do with some winter tires and a few hundred pounds of ballast.
This 1961 Comet wagon is early in the model’s production and doesn't even wear any Mercury badging due to the fact that things were still shaking out after the whole Edsel affair.
This one is claimed to have only 39,000 original miles and 3 owners. The interior condition seems to back that up, though we'd be interested in where this car has spent its life as the sun-faded paint patterns are more characteristic of the Southwest than the Northeast Ohio where it currently resides.
That said, there seems to be some floorboard work that has taken place so maybe the rust belt has had its way with this wagon. The current "patina" has been clear coated and we like the look with the amber fog lights.
Skinny radial (or radial looking) tires on white rims give a gasser nod, but the 6 cylinder "Thriftpower" fed by a single-barrel Holley carb ensures that this car is all show. In '61 a larger motor and 4 speed were options but this one is burdened with the smaller 144 ci engine and 2 speed transmission.
That's fine with us, as we'd be content just to cruise in this early Comet. All of the electrical components are said to be working including the rear window which is often inoperable.
The ad is brief, but if you're looking for a Comet wagon, this one for $6,000 is well worth a look. Find it on Craigslist in Niles, Ohio.
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