1959 Edsel Ranger
Why this imperfect Edsel was a decidedly decent buy
US saloons are great value.
In many ways a 1950s American saloon represents the best value of any big saloon from that decade, with plusher models having high levels of equipment. Today, Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Corvettes make up most American car interest at auctions so anyone on the hunt for a good-value 1950s saloon can be in with a shout.
Its appearance probably put some bidders off...
This Edsel offered scope for improvement but was in no way a nasty, rusty basket-case. The bodywork did not appear too bad with no sign of tinworm getting a hold of the front and rear arches, door bottoms or bonnet and bootlid. The doors had no hinge droop and the boot lid and bonnet opened and closed well. Glass (which can sometimes be a problem to source) was good, too. The downside was the very thick gold metallic paint, which had an almost suede appearance in some places. Unfortunately, the bumpers had been painted at the same time, which altered the car’s appearance greatly.
...and mechanically, it needed some work.
The 4.7-litre (292 cubic inch) V8 was said to be poor for starting and running, while the running gear was in the same order. The engine bay was just about presentable. However, the upside is the availability for replacement parts, so this shouldn’t prove too tricky for a hands-on enthusiast buyer.
Even for a project, this was very good value.
Yes, there were mechanical fettling and bodywork issues that needed to be addressed, but this was one of those lots crying out for a fresh start. Taking future expenditure into consideration, this was well bought, especially when you consider that normally even project examples fetch more than this no-reserve bargain did, as the pricesbelow show. Definitely well bought, for whoever’s about to restore it.