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The Edsel was a marque of the Ford Motor Company from the 1958 through 1960 model years. It was first produced in four models, including the larger Mercury-based Citation and Corsair, and the smaller Ford-based Pacer and Ranger. The brand is known best as one of the biggest commercial failures in the history of American business.

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1 Case and point, none other than an episode of Happy Days has Fonzie lamenting having been under a lot of cars the day he gave Ralph some dubious advice, and "2 of them were Edsels" as if that would be self-explanatory to the generation who remembered them. Not being part of that generation, and never having seen one on the road (something that's no longer true) I always just assumed Edsels were cruddy cars mechanically. I later learned they were more of a marketing failure than anything else. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on August 10, 2012, 1:55 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Sad irony of it is that it was named for Henry Ford's dumped on and dissed only son who died prematurely but whose own son Henry II would take over his grandfather's company after the old man died. Yep, Henry II gave this car his late dad's tag in the hopes of having something of his dad being memorialized for posterity but instead the name itself became a punch line. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 6:26 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I agree with some, but not all, of the comment below on the Edsel. I always felt that mechanically, the Edsel was a typical car of its era, and it was probably as reliable as anything Detroit produced during that period (apart from some understandable teething troubles that will crop up on any new design when it first launches). I also agree that the timing of the Edsel's launch (at the beginning of a pretty major recession) had a hand in the car being seen as unsuccessful. But I must disagree about the styling - for the term "striking" I would substitute "distinctive", and that is not meant in a good way. The vertical front grille was certainly unique, but in my opinion it looked hideous. I saw a restored Edsel out on the road last week, and I still think it looks awful. The 1960 Edsels actually replaced the vertical grille, and I think they looked a lot better, but by then the brand was doomed. -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on April 28, 2010, 11:55 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Too hip for the room. Still a striking car more than 40 years later. Attributing it's lack of success to styling is erroneous. Lead time on car production was several years back then, and an economic recession hit just as this luxury car was introduced. Had it been available earlier it would have been a huge hit. -- Submitted By: (CharlesKim) on April 16, 2010, 12:19 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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