An ultra-rare classic. The rarest Ford station wagon model ever produced. Only 216 Edsel 6-passenger wagons were produced during the 2 month production run of the entire model year. Built in Louisville, Ford Motor Company pulled the plug on the Edsel after only a few weeks of building the new 1960 models.
This model was invited to participate in the Hemmings Concours d' Elegance in 2010. The car was acquired from a well known California museum and underwent extensive refreshening. It's a great driver--mechanically everything works as it should. The engine compartment and undercarriage are spotless. The chrome and trim is spectacular. The interior is beautiful, with just a hint of gentle wear on the original unrestored back compartment.
The informative Edsel.com web site has a great background story and stats on the doomed 1960 Edsel:
In February of 1959, Ford Motor Company executives sent a letter to the remaining Edsel dealerships expressing their confidence in the Edsel line, and that the all new 1960 model would be introduced in October. Even though research had indicated that Edsel could not make it through another year with the negative publicity that surrounded the name, Ford decided to give the car one last chance.
To keep costs as low as possible, as well as to drop the signature "horsecollar" look, the 1960 Edsel shared the same mechanics and body style as the 1960 Ford Fairlane series. The trim was modified to distinguish them - the Edsel's grille had an hourglass center (which was very reminiscent of the 1959 Pontiac Bonneville) and distinctive vertical taillights that were raised off of the rear deck. A single chrome spear tapered from the front wheelwell to the rear bumper.
Even though the car was advertised as "New - Nifty - Thrifty", sales of the Edsel of 1960 never materialized. As production was being cut back in the factory, the few remaining Edsel-only dealerships either terminated their status or became dual franchises with Lincoln/Mercury."
Some facts about the 1960 Edsels:
•-All 1960 Edsels were produced in the Louisville, KY manufacturing plant.
•-The 1960 Edsel introduced such innovations as horizontal coolant flow through the radiator to improve cooling, and placement of the muffler away from the passenger compartment to reduce heat.
•-Production of the 1960 Edsel began on September 14, 1959
•-Introduction of the 1960 line was made on October 15, 1959
•-The last official day of Edsel assembly was November 19, 1959
•-Total Production for all 1960 models: 2,846