When it comes to admiring a custom car, the quirkier the better. This is how the 9-Passenger 1959 Edsel made it into our hearts and became such a firm favorite amongst the hall of fame.
Designed by Roy A Brown, Jr, plans for the Edsel were in place long before the initial release in 1958. Despite its popularity today, the Edsel was only manufactured for two years before dying a commercial death – despite Ford campaigning heavily. It turns out the ‘car of the future’ wasn’t all it was supposed to be…
So where does that leave us? With quite a rare car that has become an icon in a number of ways. It’s true we don’t see many of them on the road these days but when you do, chances are it’s a pretty magnificent machine.
Why the 1959 Edsel was a failure
I’m not sure why Ford failed as spectacularly as they did. They claimed to have done the market research, the specification analysis and boasted it would be better than any Oldsmobile or Buick equivalent. There’s only one way of describing this: #epicfail
Let’s take a closer look at the car itself – if you’ve never seen one of these before, then you’re in for a real treat.
Personally I think this car is very much like Marmite, you wither love it or hate it and one look at that grille can say it all. I’m in love. The chrome up front is almost overwhelming but for me, it just adds to the character of this vehicle. Personally I like those bulbous head lights and the square, box-shaped body.
If we take a step inside, we can see how well this car’s been taken care of. It’s pristine! And that color. It definitely screams 1950s to me.
The overall look
When it comes to the overall body shape, you may have to question Ford’s initial designs. I mean the car failed for a reason. The contours of the body aren’t great but in the era of loving the weird and wonderful, it’s aesthetics are appealing. You can’t deny that it stands out from the crowd. There’s just so much character.
What are your thoughts on the 1959 Edsel? Are you a fan or is it a big no-no?