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Lot 393
1960 Edsel Ranger Hardtop Coupe


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

CHASSIS NO: 0U13W701083

• Highly sought-after body style
• Known history; Very limited production
• Mid-century looks and presentation
• Award-winning professional restoration
• AACA Senior First awards
• From the legendary Shrine of the Holy Grille collection

292 cid, OHV “Y” block V-8 engine, two-barrel Autolite carburetor; two-speed automatic transmission; independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic rear leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 120”

Sensing that the Edsel brand was in trouble, as early as March 1958 it was decided to cut back on styling development costs for future models. By that time, the 1960 Fords had already been finalized. A crash program saw all original 1960 proposals shelved and talented stylist I. B. “Bud” Kaufman was given the task to turn the 1960 Ford into an Edsel, at a minimum cost. Up front, a new grille would replace any hint of the “horse collar”, so the rear modern-looking taillights were installed while a minimum of side trim was employed, and unique interior appointments were created. Original plans were for two series, the Ranger and Corsair, and very late in the game, the Corsair series was scrubbed. A total of seven models were marketed, two- and four-door sedans, a convertible, two station wagons, a four-door hardtop, and a sleek-looking two-door hardtop. For 1960, Ford only marketed one hardtop model, the handsome Starliner, and this stunning futuristic car lent its fastback roofline to the Edsel program. Only 295 Edsel Ranger hardtops were produced for the shortened model year, and we are honored to present possibly the finest cosmetically restored edition available.

This car’s history dates back to the early 1960s when it was acquired by a Southern California collector with foresight, Mr. Gordon Chamberlin. In the early 1980s, it was acquired by Ed Fuller from Ohio and later sold to Jim Popp, founder of the Shrine of the Holy Grille. Under his ownership, the car was given a professional restoration from the ground up. After completion, it was shown at major Edsel car club events where it took top honors and then went on to compete in AACA judging eventually being awarded its AACA Senior National First award. This Ranger hardtop is finished in light aqua, marketed as turquoise for 1960, and fitted with seats done in Silver Moroccan vinyl with black pebble cloth which was recreated specifically for this car. It had been used very sparingly while it was part of the Shrine’s collection. In 2018, it was sold at auction and acquired by our consignor. Since that time, the preservation of the restoration work has retained this rare and beautiful machine. While it would be welcomed at any Edsel event, this car still has AACA awards in its future. Of the 295 cars produced, about 150 of them have been accounted for, with as few as 30 still left on the road. According to the Edsel Database Registry, only two of these attractive two-door hardtops have been found in this color with the other example believed to have been parted out many years ago. While the 1960 Edsels would be the last cars to bear the marque’s name, all those cars were assembled at the Louisville, Kentucky assembly plant and were considered to be among the vehicles with the highest quality, fit and finish. An in-depth inspection of this Ranger will impress you enough to want to own one of the most sought-after models of the late-great Edsel brand.

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