1957 edsel ranchero for sale
Why did Edsel fail? Common answers include overwrought, hideous or generally gynecological styling, poor assembly quality and a lack of identity in the Ford hierarchy of brands. Clearly, it’s for absence of a car-truck. Luckily, through the beauty of interchangeable parts, we can create our own from a like-year Ranchero.
This seller’s gone ahead and started us down that road, offering a ’57 Ranchero with an Edsel clip retrofitted in place. It’s a rolling chassis with no engine (though the seller states/asks that he can provide one with a mysterious question mark?). This one’s a true field find, as it’s been sitting for 20 years and the CA DMV has no record of it. Luckily, you can still get Ford FE motors (guess what the “E” in FE stands for?) on Craigslist for a few hundred bucks. Similarly, there’s decent aftermarket support for late-50s Fords, so long as you don’t need some year/trim specific interior trim bit.
Anyway, the seller gives us just this one picture, minimal info and a price of $2500 for the whole thing (and $500 more for the original Ranchero front clip). Surely there’s a joke about paying that much for…that…grille, but we’re too classy to make it.
1957 Edsel Ranchero – Sacramento Craigslist

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  1. Alff Avatar

    A cunning linguist could have made that joke in a classy way.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      That was a cunning stunt.

    2. Tanshanomi Avatar

      I am guessing you’re right; I initially assumed the door had been worked to fit, but these other ones suggest not. (And BTW, watsamatter, you lose your phone? Break your thumbs?)

      1. Alff Avatar

        I did the same search.
        Also, it’s been a hell of a day. I saw the conversation come through but could not reply. At this moment I’m open next Tuesday and Friday.

    3. mdharrell Avatar

      For 1958 Edsels, the Citation and Corsair doors are the same as ’57-58 Mercuries whereas for the other models the doors are the same as ’57-58 Fords, plus or minus the holes for the trim. As long as the front fenders are from a Pacer, Ranger, Bermuda, Villager, or Roundup, the character lines will match those of a ’57-58 Ranchero.

  2. countersteer Avatar


    1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
      Frank T. Cat

      paint it flat black, stencil a white calaca on the hood, and it’s the grim fandango.

  3. Tanshanomi Avatar

    I love the concept, but this is one of those things that sounds much cooler in theory. With the struggles I’ve had making progress on my two little bike projects the last few years, my brain jumps much more quickly now to comprehension of the PCH factor on anything of this era, in this shape.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      It’s not so bad. I hope to have my ’59 Ford back together any decade now.

  4. Asher Avatar

    I want it