What do you get when you combine two of the most controversial terms in the automotive word? Edsel + Wagon = Something pretty cool actually! People seem to either love or hate both the Edsel brand and the station wagon shape. Personally, I’m okay with both, but there is no denying that this thing is pretty awesome looking. It’s been resprayed at some point, but does look like a good driver quality car for someone who wants something different. This Villager is located in Thousand Oaks, California and is listed here on eBay where bidding is currently at $6,100.
The 361 V8 was the standard engine for the Villager. This one has an Edelbrock carb on top, but the original is included. It’s attached to an automatic transmission and is claimed to run well with no smoke or overheating problems. These are claimed to have put out over 300 horsepower, so even with the long roof body, it’s probably not a slouch.
The inside is a little tired, but it could probably be cleaned up in sections while you drive and enjoy the car. Like most cars from this vintage, there’s lots of details inside to admire and touch. It may not have been the safest way to do things, but that dash could almost be considered a work of art. A couple of car show dash plaques prove that this car has been thoroughly enjoyed and is ready for the next owner to have some fun.
The ornamentation on the outside and inside is nice, but the really beauty of a station wagon is its utility. It has near truck-like cargo capacities, yet maintains most of the virtues of a car. The fold flat seat should make long loads a cinch and them you put the seat back up and haul the kids.
Or drop the tailgate and load up the dogs for afternoon pheasant hunting! This looks like a fun and functional classic to me. The terms Edsel and Station Wagon may have held some negative feelings in the past, but I bet you and everyone around you will only have smiles on their faces when this thing is around!