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About Edsel

The Edsel was a make of automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. The car brand is best known as one of the most spectacular failures in the history of the United States automobile industry.

History

Background

In the early 1950s, Ford Motor Co. became a publicly traded corporation that was no longer entirely owned by members of the Ford family and was able to sell cars without being hindered by Henry Ford's antiquated preferences following the sellers' market of the postwar years. The new management compared the roster of Ford makes with that of General Motors, and noted that Lincoln competed not with Cadillac, but with Oldsmobile. So since Ford had a lot of money on hand from the success of the Ford Thunderbird the plan was developed to move Lincoln upmarket and put another make in beneath it, with yet another model, the Continental, at the very top. Research and development had begun in 1955 under the name "E-car," which stood for "Experimental car." This represented a new division of the firm alongside that of Ford itself and the Lincoln-Mercury division, whose cars at the time shared the same body.

The Edsel was introduced amidst a considerable amount of publicity on "E Day"—September 4, 1957. It was promoted by a top-rated television special, The Edsel Show on October 13, but it was not enough to counter the adverse public reaction to the car's styling and conventional build; the rumors that Ford had circulated led consumers to expect an entirely new kind of car when in reality the Edsel shared its bodywork with other Ford models.

The Edsel was to be sold through a new Ford division. It existed from November 1956 until January 1958, after which Edsels were made by the Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln division (referred to as M-E-L). Edsel was sold through a new network of 1,500 dealers. This briefly brought total dealers of all Ford products to 10,000. Ford saw this as a way to come closer to parity with the other two companies of the Big Three: Chrysler had 10,000 dealers and General Motors had 16,000. As soon as it became apparent that the Edsels were not selling, many of these dealers added Lincoln-Mercury, English Ford and/or Taunus dealerships to their lines with the encouragement of Ford Motor Company. Some dealers, however, closed.

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5-door
5-seat
V8 16v 5.8L OHV A-3
223.7 kW / 300.0 hp / 300.0 hp  515.0 N·m / 379.8 lb·ft / 379.8 lb·ft
   

Edsel Villager Station Wagon

5-door 5-seater station wagon (estate, combi), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5766 cm3 / 351.9 cu in / 351.9 cu in, 223.7 kW / 300.0 hp / 300.0 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 515.0 N·m / 379.8 lb·ft / 379.8 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 5.4L OHV M-3
167.8 kW / 225.0 hp / 225.0 hp  431.0 N·m / 317.9 lb·ft / 317.9 lb·ft
   

Edsel Corsair (1959)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5441 cm3 / 332.0 cu in / 332.0 cu in, 167.8 kW / 225.0 hp / 225.0 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 431.0 N·m / 317.9 lb·ft / 317.9 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 3.6L OHV M-3
108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp  279.0 N·m / 205.8 lb·ft / 205.8 lb·ft
   

Edsel Ranger

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 3639 cm3 / 222.1 cu in / 222.1 cu in, 108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, 279.0 N·m / 205.8 lb·ft / 205.8 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission

5-door
5-seat
V8 16v 4.8L OHV M-3
138.0 kW / 185.1 hp / 185.1 hp  396.0 N·m / 292.1 lb·ft / 292.1 lb·ft
   

Edsel Villager Station Wagon

5-door 5-seater station wagon (estate, combi), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 4777 cm3 / 291.5 cu in / 291.5 cu in, 138.0 kW / 185.1 hp / 185.1 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 396.0 N·m / 292.1 lb·ft / 292.1 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission

5-door
5-seat
S6 12v 3.6L OHV M-3
108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp  279.0 N·m / 205.8 lb·ft / 205.8 lb·ft
   

Edsel Villager Station Wagon

5-door 5-seater station wagon (estate, combi), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 3639 cm3 / 222.1 cu in / 222.1 cu in, 108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, 279.0 N·m / 205.8 lb·ft / 205.8 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission

  
  
V8   3.7L      A-3
              
   

Edsel Ranger Convertible (1959)

convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder V engine, 3700 cm3 / 225.8 cu in / 225.8 cu in, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
5-seat
V8 16v 4.8L      A-3
136.0 kW / 182.4 hp / 182.4 hp  395.0 N·m / 291.3 lb·ft / 291.3 lb·ft
   

Edsel Ranger Convertible 4.7 (1959)

5-seater convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, 4781 cm3 / 291.8 cu in / 291.8 cu in, 136.0 kW / 182.4 hp / 182.4 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 395.0 N·m / 291.3 lb·ft / 291.3 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 4.8L OHV A-3
149.1 kW / 199.9 hp / 199.9 hp        
   

Edsel Ranger

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 4786 cm3 / 292.1 cu in / 292.1 cu in, 149.1 kW / 199.9 hp / 199.9 hp, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
  
V8 16v 5.8L      A-3
125.0 kW / 167.6 hp / 167.6 hp        
   

Edsel Ranger Convertible 5.7 (1959)

convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, 5769 cm3 / 352.0 cu in / 352.0 cu in, 125.0 kW / 167.6 hp / 167.6 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 5.9L OHV A  
225.9 kW / 302.9 hp / 302.9 hp  543.0 N·m / 400.5 lb·ft / 400.5 lb·ft
   

Edsel Pacer (1958)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5903 cm3 / 360.2 cu in / 360.2 cu in, 225.9 kW / 302.9 hp / 302.9 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 543.0 N·m / 400.5 lb·ft / 400.5 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, automatic transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 6.7L OHV A  
257.3 kW / 345.0 hp / 345.0 hp  644.0 N·m / 475.0 lb·ft / 475.0 lb·ft
   

Edsel Corsair (1958)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6744 cm3 / 411.5 cu in / 411.5 cu in, 257.3 kW / 345.0 hp / 345.0 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 644.0 N·m / 475.0 lb·ft / 475.0 lb·ft @ 2900 rpm / 2900 rpm / 2900 rpm, automatic transmission, rear wheel drive

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Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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