Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Edsel is 50

Back in the Olden Days, the new cars appeared in the fall of the year. The '58 cars came out in the fall of '57. One of them was the Edsel. Sheriff Dan Rhodes owns one. There are some great photos in the gallery.

Link via Boing Boing. Gallery: The 1958 Edsel: "Released into a nation struggling with a weak economy and fears of the Soviet satellite flying high overhead, the Edsel rollout couldn't have had worse timing. Combined with an undersupplied dealership network, radical styling and overhyped publicity, the 1958 Edsel undeservedly became a symbol of failure that endures to this day."


Brent McKee said...

The Ford family apparently hated the idea of using the name Edsel, who was Henry's son and Henry II (aka Hank the Deuce's) father. I've seen a few examples of the car and it's homely but not egregiously so when compared with many other cars of the period.

Anonymous said...

Got a good laugh while looking through the pictures and saw one car described as "dignified". That has to be the last adjective to apply to an Edsel, a car that looks like it was designed by several people on acid!

Unknown said...

Kinda makes you wonder about dignity in the '50s, right?