Through no fault of its own, the Edsel automobile became for a generation of Americans shorthand for colossal failure, and fodder for standup comedians who mocked its front-end styling as “sucking a lemon.” Bad timing as Ford designers failed to recognize changing American tastes.
But while the Ford premium brand was a disaster in the showroom, and ended production after just a few years, Edsels have found their footing as collector cars, and not just among those who like to be different or contrary.
The Pick of the Day, a 1959 Edsel Corsair convertible, shows how splendid these cars are capable of being. This beauty has been restored to as-new condition, according to the private seller in Lowgap, North Carolina, who is advertising the droptop on ClassicCars.com.
“This Edsel has just undergone an extensive 3-year, photo-documented frame-off restoration,” the seller says. “No screw left unturned.
“Everything either new or rebuilt. Looks better in person than in picture. You will not be disappointed.”
The photos with the ad show not only the beautiful result of the restoration but depict the work as it was under way. The Edsel is apparently ready to drive, if you’d dare risk getting a nick or scratch on such a pristine automobile.
The Edsel is powered by a 361cid V8 with 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering and a power top.
“Exterior is finished in Petal Yellow with White accent,” the seller says. “Interior is finished in black, white and silver.”
The asking price for this springtime-fresh convertible is $65,000, which seems appropriate according to the current value guides, especially for a rarely seen convertible that appears to be in show-ready condition.
Besides, the restoration certainly cost much more to accomplish. Or, as the seller notes: “Own this car for less than half of cost to build.”
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.