We conclude our look at the three years of Edsel products with a 1960 Ranger. You could be excused for not recognizing this car as an Edsel because the cars from the last year of Edsel production did not have the marques signature “horse collar” (or pudendal) grille. I don’t know if Ford had already decided to kill the Edsel project before they designed the 1960 models but while the ’59 Edsels had unique Edsel fascias on Ford bodies (after the ’58 Edsels had bodies that were exclusive to the new brand), the 1960 Edsels were even less distinctive from the Fords. To my tastes the ’60 Edsels were not bad looking cars, from the front. It seems, though, that making a more conventional looking front end didn’t leave them with enough “Edselness”, so for the last year of Edsel production Ford stylists gave them a very odd looking rear end, with vertical brake and reverse lights tacked onto a rear end that primarily has horizontal styling elements. As with the other Edsels that we’ve featured recently, this ’60 Ranger was photographed at the 2011 Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti.
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