- 1 of just 76 produced
- Recent complete restoration
- Optional "Super Express" V-8 engine
- Accompanied by restoration photos, original build sheet and paint inspection form
Ford released the Edsel line of automobiles on September 4, 1957, and within a month, product planners and legal teams were busy contemplating ways to quietly make this new car go away. As the picture grew even more bleak for the Edsel, in March 1958, decisions were made to scrap the already-approved plans for the 1960 model year and perform a crash course in redesign. Making lemonade from lemons, designer Bud Kaufman and his team created a rather attractive vehicle that was distinctive and contemporary for the start of the new decade. Initially, the 1960 Edsel was to reflect the 1959s, presenting six- and nine-passenger Villager station wagons, the Ranger series with two- and four-door sedans, plus two- and four-door hardtops, while the upscale Corsair series would offer a four-door sedan, two- and four-door hardtops, and the lone convertible. However, as the clouds grew even darker for the marque, the Corsair series was also scrapped. Keeping up a good front for the public and stringing along dealers who were hoping that prosperity was still just around the corner, glowing press releases touted the "New, Nifty, Thrifty" Edsel for 1960. Production schedules were slashed and on introduction day, October 15, 1959, many dealers did not get even one car for their showroom. On November 19, one month and four days after being released, Ford announced the Edsel brand was being discontinued immediately with just 2,846 having been produced and only 76 of those being convertibles.
In late October 1959, Michele Malcangle went to Townsend Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln in San Diego and purchased the only convertible that dealership had. She owned the car until the Spring of 1971 when pioneer Edsel collectors, Ron and Lillian Mitchell from El Monte California purchased the car. Lillian and her 1960 convertible were regular fixtures at car shows and Edsel club meets around the Southern California area and appeared in several of the Hollywood Christmas Lane Parades. In the fall of 1989, the third and current owner acquired the car and removed it from Southern California to the northern climates of Alberta, Canada. While a solid car, it had seen a lot of use and needed a full restoration. The engine and driveline were first to see attention, where the "Super Express" 352-cubic-inch V-8 engine was given a complete rebuild. The original radiator was cleaned and repaired as needed, as was the heater core including hoses and lines. Brakes were rebuilt installing new linings, springs and wheel cylinders, while all shock absorbers were replaced, as well as the rear axle bearings. In 2019, the final step of restoration was initiated by taking the body down to bare metal and making any repairs needed before applying first an etching primer, followed by a final epoxy primer. Then several coats of original Polar White were applied with just a taste of gold metal flake added to make this unique convertible "pop" when in the sunlight. Next, a new interior from SMS Fabrics was installed featuring the proper Moroccan grain vinyl in turquoise with proper simulated stitching just as Edsel had originally used. The final touch was the matching convertible top boot. Located in the car was the original build sheet which indicated this car had been born with a white top, but under the ownership of Lillian Mitchell, this convertible sported a turquoise top that blended with the interior. To honor Lillian's long-time ownership of the car, the consignor opted for a new turquoise top.
This is a very well-appointed 1960 Edsel with power steering, power brakes, power windows, power front seat and push-button AM radio. During the restoration process, numerous rare and hard-to-find NOS items were used including plastic lenses, trim pieces such as an original set of rocker moldings, and a rear mounted continental spare tire holder. Riding on a set of new 225/70XR14 wide whitewall tires, the wheels are adorned with factory full wheel covers and tri-spoke applique spinners. Included is the original build sheet as well as the factory paint inspection form, plus photos of the car during its restoration process. Another rare item included is a new replacement padded dashboard cover ready for installation. A truly interesting and historic part of the American motoring legacy, this Ranger Convertible is sure to garner the new owner awards and accolades far and wide wherever it is shown.