Car of the Week - October 6th, 2011
Sports Car Market has chosen Doug Harley’s 1960 Edsel Ranger 4-dr sedan as the Chubb Collector Car Insurance Car of the Week!
FoMoCo’s Edsel division, launched in 1958, was only around for three years before its very public ending. The Ranger was one of only two models offered during the final model year, down from seven in 1958. 1960 was also when Edsel dropped the controversial ‘horsecollar’ grille in favor of an attractive pinched-waist center panel grille with ‘floating’ headlamps. A one piece bumper also was new.
Doug’s car was one of 1,288 4-dr sedans made during the three months of 1960 model year production. This is out of the 2,846 total made at that time. He gives little in the way of details, but it is easy to see that it is well taken care of. The white roof pairs nicely with the miles of chrome trim and shiny red body. The most common engine supplied in these cars was a 292-ci V8, but there was an available optional ‘Super Express’ V8 that produced 300 hp.
Rangers don’t typically have the cachet of a Cadillac or Lincoln from the same era, but their relative rarity and company history gives them a level of notoriety in the classic car world. Recent sales data has these cars averaging $8k for excellent condition examples, with rarer options adding to the total.
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