It’ll be hard to not use the p-word (patina) here, this one is loaded with it! Here’s a super solid-looking 1959 Edsel Villager and boy, it really likes like a great project. It is on Craigslist with an asking price of $2,900 and is located in the Upland, California area. No doubt a local car which explains the lack of major rust holes.
This is one of those cars that it looks like you could just lightly sand it, paint it, and it would look almost like new. There’s hardly any major rust or welding to do on it, at least judging from the photos that are provided. Jesse showed us a gorgeous ’59 Edsel Villager back in August of 2016 and it sure seems like the $2,900 car shown here could look like that without breaking the bank. Of course, it depends on what the underside looks like.
The Villager was sold by Edsel for 1958, 1959, and 1960 and the 1959 six-passenger model, which I’m assuming that this is a six-passenger model, sold the most with over 5,600 of them heading to presumably happy buyers. The seller doesn’t provide any photos of the rear compartment but maybe if anyone is interested in it they’ll send you a few. Or, I would hope that they would! They also made a nine-passenger car, that would be quite a find. This car has a cool clamshell liftgate/tailgate, it sure would be great to see a photo of it in action. Here’s a restored car’s tailgate in action.
This looks like a really complete car, it’s all original from the paint to the interior to the running engine. You’ll need some work on the upholstery, rubber bits, and some work on the dash, etc. Or, just get the mechanical systems working perfectly and drive it as is and pick away at the rest of the restoration, or not.
This is Ford’s 332 cubic-inch V8 with 225 hp. It could use a through detailing and most likely some other work to ensure that it’s reliable. It looks solid in the engine compartment, too, just like the rest of the car does. With a little work this car could be a nice weekend car. If left in its current state of finish it would sure draw some stares, and I hope that someone nabs this one and just gets everything working great and drives it. No wide white walls, no “bagged” suspension, no modern drivetrain, etc. How would you do up this Villager?