December 10, 2022
SOUTH WALES, N.Y. - A plate on the front of today’s RealRide says it all: This 1960 Edsel Ranger convertible is One of 76. That’s right, only 76 convertibles left the factory before Edsel production ceased in November of 1959. So much ink/bandwith has been used over the years explaining why the Edsel failed that we won’t bore you with any more of it here. But we will say that, because those final 1960 models were so heavily based on the Ford, some classic car sellers have offered what started life as a Ford Fairlane, which was mashed-up with an Edsel parts car to conjure up another “rare” 1960 convertible. This isn’t one of them. It was photographed in the summer of 2021 at a gathering of Western New York area Edsel owners. I doubt they’d let an imposter onto the grounds! (A photo of this car was also featured in a 2018 Hemmings Motor News article on the '60 Edsels.) The brochure said “The trim new Ranger convertible seems to say, ‘let’s go places.’” I don’t imagine they thought one of those places would be driving off into the sunset.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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