April 27, 2023
SOUTH WALES, N.Y. – The 1959 Edsel Villager brochure page proclaimed the sophomore Edsel to be the “Finest car in the low price range.” I don’t think the low price range was what Ford had in mind when the car debuted a year earlier, priced between its Ford and Mercury lineups. I imagine confusion abounded among potential buyers as the Edsel’s two lower-priced series — the Ranger and Pacer, were based on the Ford Fairlane’s 118” wheelbase platform, while the two more expensive Corsair and Citation lines were based on a modified version of the larger (and also more expensive) Mercury’s at 124”. The wagons were all named Villager, and were on yet another wheelbase of 116” which was shared with all of Ford’s station wagons. The ’59 Edsel lineup was pared down to one size and three series (Ranger, Corsair, and the Villager wagon), which it shared with the ’59 Ford. Today’s RealRide, one of 7,820 station wagons built for 1959, was seen at a gathering of Edsel owners (and fans) back in 2021.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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