On October 15, 1959, the 1960 Edsels
went on sale. Availability was very limited and only the Ranger
series remained, offering a full complement of body styles. The
base engine in all models was again the 292 V8, and the six could
be ordered for all except the convertible. A 352ci, 300hp version
of the FE big-block V8 could also be specified.
Sharing body shells and drive trains
with the full-size 1960 Fords, the last Edsel had a very
contemporary look, and it is often mistaken for a 1959 Pontiac, or
some "Canadian" Ford product. Just 2,846 units came off the assembly
line before the plug was pulled on November 19, 1959. Thus ended a
short, but significant chapter of American motoring history.
For many years the mere mention of the
name Edsel could have one banished from the executive washrooms at
the World Headquarters building in Dearborn. As late as the 1990s,
TV commercials referred to Edsel as Mr. Ford, and during the recent
100th Anniversary celebration of Ford Motor Company, the car was
|The end was near and
the remaining 1960 models were just Fords with different trim.
According to this factory shot, 1960 Edsels could be had with some
sort of hover device!
In the circle of
collectors, convertible models are the most sought after, especially
the big glitzy Citations from 1958 of which just 930 were produced,
and the very limited production 1960 Ranger convertibles, of which
only 76 units were built. Prices have kept in line with other
collectible American cars of the era, with hardtop and station
wagons finding increasing favor. With a high survival rate, sedans
are found in good numbers and at reasonable prices for
economy-minded car collectors.
Due to the early
recognition of the Edsel as a collectible, and the over-blown
publicity of their values, many of these cars were spared from the
scrap heap, or met it to a much lesser degree thaN other cars of the
era. The result is that today there is a very healthy supply. Prices
have continued to rise moderately, and interest remains strong
Research into the
model is advisable. The 1958 models have several fragile and
hard-to-find parts that many cars are missing, and they can be quite
expensive to replace. Taillight lenses were extremely vulnerable and
original new replacement sets currently trade between $1,500 and
$2,000! Another item that many 1958 Edsels seem to need are hood
ornaments. While an excellent reproduction is available for around
$200, mint original examples have traded for well over $500. The
condition of these parts with the 1958 models should be figured in
when determining the value of any Edsel. Various trim parts on all
years can be difficult and expensive to obtain.
One major concern
pertains to the limited production 1960 Ranger convertible. Due to
very tight budget concerns, the 1960 models are little more than
spruced up 1960 Fords. With a very limited supply of the open-models
from Edsel, and a very healthy supply of 1960 Ford Sunliner
convertibles, a number of replica Ranger convertibles have been
produced. Most of these can be easily detected through the serial
number or construction differences between the two models. However,
at least one back-yard mechanic in California produced several
replica 1960 Edsel convertibles, with at least one example receiving
a title for a contrived but authentic looking serial number.
The future looks good
for the Edsel in the world of collector cars. Their unique styling in
1958 and advanced futuristic fifties features like Teletouch, are
highly desired among collectors. With the relatively high survival
rate of the 1959 models, these make great cars for the person wanting
to get into the hobby while on a budget, offering unique looks and
styling with contemporary mechanical devices that are easily
maintained. For those who want something really unusual without exotic
mechanics, the 1960 models enjoy a relatively high number of
Owning and driving an
Edsel is guaranteed to garner you more than your share of attention on
the open road. It isn't unusual for the owner of a lowly 1959 Ranger
sedan to report receiving a "People's Choice" award when sitting right
next to a shiny red Ferrari or a sleek and sporty Corvette.
While these cars are
fun to drive, they do require a bit of maintenance, with almost every
owner eventually realizing that Edsel is really an acronym for "Every
Day Something Else Leaks". Sorry, couldn’t resist!
Skinner and the editors at Collector Car Market Review
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This profile first appeared in the
January 2004 issue of Collector Car & Truck Market Guide.
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