Love them or loathe them, you can’t deny that Edsels stand out in a crowd. This 40,000 original mile, 1959 Edsel Ranger Hardtop Coupe is certainly eye-catching. From the horseshoe grille to the wing design on the trunk lid, it was unmistakably Edsel.
Clearly well cared for and garaged all of its life, it is an excellent example of this rare, and appreciating in value, car.
Some of the sheet metal was actually shared with the 1959 Ford.
The sales literature stated, “Exciting new kind of car that makes history by making sense“ but unfortunately that sense wasn’t widespread and sales for 1958 were disastrously low. This led to Ford cutting the higher-priced lines that weren’t selling and concentrate on the lower-priced series. Essentially leaving just the Ranger and Corsair. It did eventually make history, although for entirely different reasons than Ford originally intended.
Silver And Black Vinyl with Black *Surf Cloth
New for 1959, and only available on the Ranger and Villager Station Wagons, was the 292 cubic inch V8 producing 200 horsepower.
292 CID V8 2V
The Ranger had a wheelbase of 120″, overall length of 210.9″ and width of 79.8″.
Side view showing the color-filled moldings
SOME EDSEL OPTIONS FOR 1959 FITTED TO THIS CAR
|Mile-o-Matic Automatic Transmission||$189.60|
OTHER AVAILABLE EDSEL OPTIONS FOR 1959
|Air conditioning with Dial-Temp heater/defroster||$431.20|
|Padded instrument panel and visors||$20.60|
There were 5,474 1959 Edsel Ranger 2-door Hardtop Coupes made and sold for a base price of $3,690. This car was built in Louisville, KY August 16, 1959 just 10 days before production stopped on the 1959 models. In fact, the 1960 run didn’t last long at all with Edsel completely ceasing manufacture on November 19, 1959 producing just 275 cars.
This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)
Disaster in Dearborn: The Story of the Edsel by Thomas Bonsall
The story of the ill-fated Edsel from planning, creation, production to marketing.