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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

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

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