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Pick of the Day: 1960 Edsel Ranger

One of fewer than 300 for its year

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The Edsel Division of the Ford Motor Company had a short lifespan – ranging only from model years 1958 through 1960. Its name paid homage to Edsel Ford, son of Ford’s founder Henry Ford, and the division ultimately ended up being regarded a commercial failure due to $250 million in losses. Today, we get to look at a classic car that was owned by perhaps the country’s most devout Edsel collector. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1960 Edsel Ranger two-door hardtop listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Sarasota, Florida. (Click the link to view the listing)

The Ranger originated as a base model for the Edsel division in 1958 and 1959, but for 1960 it was the only coupe/sedan offered by the brand (there were station wagons marketed separately). While sharing much of its architecture with the much more common Ford Sunliner, the Ranger did have a distinct wheelbase that was one inch longer than its Ford counterpart. The parking lights, trim, and taillights were additional elements that set the car apart from the Ford model lineup.

One of the most influential Edsel collectors in history was Jim E. Popp of Maryland. Jim, who passed away in 2016, was the owner of the “Shrine of the Holy Grille,” which operated as a non-profit to share the collection and raise funds for charity. After his passing, Jim’s cars were sold off, and today’s featured car came from his very own collection. The listing says that the car was “extensively restored” in 2001 and is optioned with a Seafoam exterior, a Mile-O-Matic automatic transmission, and original air conditioning. The color-keyed wheel covers and wide whitewalls are a nice touch.

According to production data, there were 2,571 total Edsel Rangers produced for 1960. Fewer than 300 of them were two-door hardtops such as today’s car. Rangers are so rare, in fact, that enthusiasts are always on the lookout for rebranded Ford counterparts (counterfeits).

Hopefully, this hardtop goes to someone who was as enthusiastic about the Edsel brand as Jim Popp was. It would make him proud to know that one of his cars continues to be preserved and showcased.

The seller’s asking price is $57,500.

To view this Pick of the Day on ClassicCars.com, you can find the listing here.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.

6 COMMENTS

  1. 1960 Edsel ? Not only is that a RARE ONE , but it’s also the last year of production ! I’ve only seen one or two in my entire lifetime which goes to show just how rare the ’60 model is . Imagine , trying to find original parts for one of those ? ” Next to impossible !” That car will no doubt bring a strong price , especially in today’s market . Extremely RARE !!! Happy Motoring

  2. The Edsel two door hardtop is based on the Ford Starliner; while the Edsel convertible is based on the Ford Sunliner. All of these are beautiful cars.

  3. The 1960 Ford body shell is one of the most beautiful ever made, regardless of nameplate.
    My criticism of the ‘57 and ‘59 Edsels is that they were typical-looking 1950s cars with weird schnozzes.,not the revolutionary all-new wondercars everyone was promised.
    This ‘60 body was unlike any 1958 car. If Ford could have produced the’60 in ‘58, and given Edsel a year’s exclusive use of the body, Edsel could have had a very long life.

    • You mean 1958?

      Nonetheless, I don’t think the market needed the Edsel no matter what it looked like.

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