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Lot 347
1960 Edsel Ranger Deluxe Two-Door Sedan


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From The Rockhound Collection

CHASSIS NO: 0U11V702136

• Body-off-frame restoration
• Ordered with rare deluxe interior option
• Original drivetrain and stunning factory color combination
• Exceptionally straight body with proper gaps
• AACA Senior First awards
• From the legendary Shrine of the Holy Grille collection

223 cid, OHV inline six-cylinder, single-barrel Holley carburetor; two-speed manual transmission; independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic rear leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 120”

When Ford Motor Company released the Edsel in September 1957, it was heralded into the world with great fanfare. In the background, the car was somewhat doomed before it was given a chance with then-Ford VP of North American Operations, Robert S. McNamara, declaring to insiders that he had plans to discontinue the model just one week before the car went on sale. In a crash course of design, the 1960 Edsel relied heavily on the totally redesigned 1960 Ford Fairlane. Only one piece of major sheet metal, the hood, was unique to Edsel, with a unique design to the front grille, taillight treatments, and a simple sweep spear for the side trim; the job was completed under the direction of talented stylist I. B. “Bud” Kaufman in just a few weeks. Original plans for 1960 were to have reflected the 10-model lineup seen in 1959 with the Ranger for the entry-level models and the Corsair for the upscale series. Shortly before production for the 1960 Edsel got underway, it was decided to delete the Corsair series. Some quick changes to artwork for the pre-approved advertising were needed, and with a number of interior sets for the Corsair already on hand, it was decided that a Deluxe trim option would be available. The Corsair was to have had a four-door sedan plus two- and four-door hardtops, to have been signified by the letter “B” after their body codes on the data plate. However, there were no plans for the two-door sedan to have been a Corsair so no code 64B was created. As a result, there is no accurate count of how many of these two-door sedans received this deluxe trim option. Through the Edsel Database Registry and using simple mathematics it is assumed that, of the 777 Ranger two-door sedans, approximately 80 would have come with these interiors.

This car was given a full frame-off restoration in the mid-1990s, and it presents today in excellent all-around condition. Finished in its original Turquoise Poly metallic paint with the Polar White roof, the interior is fitted with proper Moroccan grain vinyl bolster and Turquoise Champagne cloth that was recreated specifically by the owner. The original Mileage-Maker-6 engine has been completely rebuilt as has the manual transmission and clutch assembly. This was a price-leader model for the 1960 Edsel as it is fitted with the highly sought-after base hubcaps and blackwall tires. First shown in 1996, it was awarded an AACA Senior National First badge in 1997 and a year later it was awarded their Senior Grand National First Prize. In 1999, this spectacular Ranger was presented the Ford Motor Company National Award by the International Edsel Club in 1999. As a part of the Shrine of the Holy Grille in Maryland, it was always maintained and kept in turnkey readiness. Since our consignor’s acquisition in 2018, this rare 1960 Edsel sedan has been given equally superb attention and we believe it is today the finest example of this model to exist.

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