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Long Shots: 1959 Edsel Ranger

 

Alameda, according to our favorite Jalop Truther, is the Island That Rust Forgot.  We go there once a month for Sunday brunch because it is home to the best dim sum joint in the East (San Francisco) Bay.  And because it is so good, there’s always a line.  Good thing this Oldtimer is parked outside to keep us company.

Though Edsel ended up being a catastrophic flop, it built some intriguing cars.  The design is so over-the-top.  Just compare that grill to the dull, plastic, two- and three- slot designs of today’s cars.  To think, the Ranger was at the bottom of Edsel’s trim-level pyramid.

 

The expansive hood can easily fit three or four dim sum carts.  That’s a lot of shumai!  A big 361 cubic inch V8 was available, but this powder blue model probably has something a bit smaller. 

 

With less than 10,000 2-doors sold in the States, this is a rare sight indeed, half a century later.

 

The rear end reminds me of an Easter Island moai.  The taillights may as well be made of red scoria stones.

 

 

A quick glance at the steering wheel and dash reveals at least a half dozen possible sources of impalement.

 

This model came with the $95 optional radio.

 

 

 
Images sources: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Jim Yu
 
  • OA5599

    I'm confused by the use of the title Long Shots here. I thought that was reserved specifically for vehicles personally seen and photographed by Olelongrooffan.

    • Yeah, I wasn't sure if it was exclusively to be used by OLRF. I thought it was the new moniker for cars we Hoon writers see parked on the street. I am fine with changing the title if the powers-that-be deem it necessary.

      On another topic, cool Edsel, eh?

      • Yeah, Jim, nice Edsel…thanks for sharing.

      • OA5599

        I just re-read the naming contest post. http://hooniverse.com/2012/05/23/somethings-old-s

        "It could even be the images of this Duster and its story I captured in toney Palm Beach Gardens, Florida last spring. Just whatever is come across by we Hoon contributors. Yeah, it won’t just be this olelongrooffan on this one. Others behind the scenes are interested moderately curious and my fellow Hoons contributions to the tips line with images and maybe a story or two will be appreciated."

        It looks like I had misremembered the parameters for the use of the title. On the other hand, the name would be a lot more fitting if OLRF's pics were the only ones allowed.

        • jeepjeff

          Also, much harder to play spot the Commanche on this photo set.

    • Cpt. Severe's name for this series received the most thumbs up from my fellow Hoons and that is why this name was chosen. I had always wanted participation in this series of parked vehicles to be utilized by all the contributors here in the Hooniverse and the fact that both Jim I and Jim II have chosen to do so greatly pleases this olelongrooffan. If you see my Comanche in one of the images you'll know it's one of my posts. Other than that, rock on my fellow Hoons.

      • Sure, let everybody join in the fun. The more the merrier.

  • $kaycog

    I like Edsels, and this is one of my favorites.

    <img src="http://www.strangefarmer.com/images/content/156341.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    Wait!

    The island rust forgot….

    More Murilee! More Murilee! More Murilee!!!!

  • dukeisduke

    I went to look at a pink '59 Ranger for sale for $200, with a friend one time. It was a two-door sedan, bare bones, and with a three on the tree. Non-running, parked in a garage, and amazingly, it wasn't covered with piles of junk. He passed on it.

  • I bet the Edsel owner passed on the dim sum, and is eating at the Wienerschnitzel.

  • There's an Edsel Ranger almost identical to this fine specimen that lives in Bisbee, about 22 miles away. I see it here in Tombstone every so often, still runs fine. So much for the lousy reputation these cars got saddled with back in the day.

    • Van_Sarockin

      Pretty decent cars. But some of the ugliest things ever made. Buyers judged the book by the cover. Sorta like an Aztek.

      • I like their looks. Of course, my first car was a '59 Ford, so this may just be imprinting.

  • dukeisduke

    I read the Wiki article on Edsels, and it says that a lot of Edsels were built as afterthoughts, and that the plants only built Edsels after they had built their quotas of Fords or Mercurys for the day. It also said that some parts weren't even installed, but were put in the trunk, in the hope that the dealers' mechanics would install them. Don't know how much of that is true.