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johnmustang
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From: British Columbia , Canada
Registered: Nov 2001

posted 03-08-2005 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think this is a beautiful looking car and would love to own one. Lots of people laugh at it but I think it is classy and an important part of automobile history.

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adragon8u
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From: Oceano, Ca. member# 2895
Registered: Mar 2003

posted 03-08-2005 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u   Click Here to Email adragon8u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree John. I think the Edsel has gotten a bad rep.

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mustangs68
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From: Buckroe Beach Va MCA#39406 M&M #12 Member Mustang Club of Tidewater
Registered: May 99

posted 03-08-2005 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John me too.
I had my eye on one for 6 months almost bought it...but it wasn't big enough to live in..if you know what I mean
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Lightning Fast Fords
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From: Charlotte , N.C. USA
Registered: Aug 2004

posted 03-08-2005 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightning Fast Fords   Click Here to Email Lightning Fast Fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the Edsel was a cool vehicle..and the bad Rep was purely due to the car being too far ahead of it's time for the buying public to appreciate it.

I think of the Edsel in the same way as many did the Tucker.

Preston Tucker was way ahead of his time too..but he lacked the funding to fend off the attacks of the Big Three's Lawyers to remain in business.

I think and Edsel would be a great collector car , for the right person , with the right place to store it to own or restore.

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hwyman3
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From: Southern Maryland, USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 03-09-2005 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hwyman3   Click Here to Email hwyman3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Edsals were beautiful cars. At least they are finally starting to get the respect they deserve.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-09-2005 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Edsel never got a chance. There's quite a story about why they were a flop, they could have done very well under better circumstances. In a nutshell: styling a little too radical, builders that didn't want to build them, salesmen that didn't want to sell them, marketers that didn't know how to market them. With that kind of background, it would have been odd if they were a success.

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 03-09-2005 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't remember why they were that far ahead. Trouble was, it was either Ford in one model, or Mercury in another. The grille was not that popular. By the time they changed '60 , it was too late and Ford pulled the plug after producing about 5,000 units. They were just not popular. A lot of jokes were made about them. One of them was, after Nixon got beat, Three time loser: Pregnant prostitute driving an Edsel with a Nixon sticker on the bumper! They had a lot of trouble with the pushbutton trans buttons in the center of steering wheel. The Edsel Dealer in my hometown, Western surburb of Chic., never did well. When he opened for business, he bought a failed DeSoto facility. He got behind in juice payments on a mob loan, and they broke his arms with a bat, pulling them out of the car window, in broad daylite, at a busy intersection. The Edsel fiasco was a reason why Ford was cauatious in kicking off the Mustang. They were not prepared for the resulting sales bonanza! Probably the rarest Edsel is a 60 convertible. As a matter of fact, in later years a few phonies were made using a 60 Ford cvt. Imagine there is a market for them now. DeSotos with the big fins are another sought after car(by some! ugh!)

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