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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.

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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