EXCLUSIVE: Five Barn Find Edsels!

Reader Jim G has been tasked with finding new homes for five Edsel barn finds. The seller inherited the cars and asked Jim to help get them moved along. They range in years from 1958 to 1960 and in various body styles. If you’d love to buy one or all five cars, you can contact Jim via the form below.

Since Jim is helping the seller, he only has limited photos to work with. The cars all look dusty from their time in the barn, but they don’t appear to be rusty or damaged. While they haven’t tried to start the cars, they were able to check each one’s engine and they all turn over freely. And according to the seller, the cars were all running about 5 years ago, so that’s hopeful. The 1958 Ranger 2-Door looks like it could be turned into a driver without too much work, but without a closer look, it’s hard to say for sure.

Edsels were the black sheep of the Ford family and never really sold that well. As a result, there really aren’t that many left these days. This 1959 Villager Wagon is likely the most desirable car in the batch. It’s hard to tell much about it from this photo, but it looks like it’s complete. It would be great to know more about its condition, which options it has, and if it’s a six or nine-passenger car. These can actually fetch quite a bit of money these days and they really are cool wagons.

Two of the three 4-doors are 1959s and the other is a 1960. One of the ’59s is a Corsair, while the other two are both Rangers. You can see the 1960 Ranger above with it’s redesigned hourglass grille. It appears to be a sedan body, making it one of 1,288 built. The 1959 Ranger can be seen below.

Given the lack of photos and information, we recommend contacting Jim and setting up a time to inspect them in person. Given how complete they all appear to be, it might actually be worth working out a deal to buy all of them, as the 4-doors could have important and valuable trim bits. Or you could get them all running and liquidate the ones you don’t want to keep to recoupe some of you money!

  • Location: Milbank, South Dakota
  • Title Status: Clean

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  1. Jonathan

    $3,500 each or for all five?

    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      That’s for one of the 1958s. You will have to contact Jim for prices on each one and for a price to buy all five. Sorry for the confusion!

  2. Frank Fitz

    Seven year old photos – No thanks

    Like 7
  3. Richard Crosby

    That’s a 1958 Ranger 2 door sedan, not a Pacer.

    Like 3
    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      Thanks for pointing that out. When I was identifying it, I didn’t notice that it lacked the front fender trim. All fixed.

  4. Joe Machado

    I found a 58 Citation in Texas a couple years ago. I had an empty trailer and needed it filled. I asked for a price. He said make an offer. Give me a price. He said make offer again. I left with an empty trailer. It was a hardtop. Oh well.
    Prefer in this order: 58, 60, then last, 59.

  5. local_sheriff

    Well, any ’60 Edsel should be regarded as a rare vehicle now 60 years after they kicked the bucket just a few months into the model year. Cool collection of probably the most underrated American automobiles ever

    Like 6
  6. Rodney - GSM

    What is the proper collective noun for a group of Edsels?
    “A Ford of Edsels”?

    Like 1
    • Steve H.

      Well since Edsels were such a marketing nightmare, as in crows, a “murder” sounds about right. A murder of Edsels, hmmm.

      Like 3
      • Rodney - GSM

        “A Disappointment of Edsels”?

        Like 1
    • Little_Cars

      Fjord of Edsels?

  7. luke arnott Member

    Trouble is,SD is a long way from everywhere!

    Like 5
  8. bigdoc

    I’m interested in the 55 Ford next to the 60

    Like 2
  9. Del

    Holy Crow.

    A flock of Edsels.

    Do not see that often

    Like 3
  10. Bob McK Member

    Interesting collection. Too bad SD is so far from everywhere.

    Like 3
    • Clay Bryant

      Weeds out the tire kickers……….

      Like 7
  11. Mike Williams

    What’s interesting is the engine options, in 58 there is none, 303 hp 361 ci FE is what you get. You get that in ’59 or a 332 FE, 292 Y Block or the lowly 223 six. For ’60 there were 3, the same six cyl. a V8 292 or the 352 FE engine. Some say the lack of engine choices in the first year didn’t help them, thus the correction in ’59.

    Like 1
  12. Edsel Al

    Wrong Mike….in 1958 you got 3 choices- 332, 361 or 410 cu.in…..

  13. wifewontlikeit

    ”God said, ‘I gave them control of the air, the sea, and the land, and what did they do? The Hindenburg, the Titanic, and the Edsel.’ ”

    In 1957, Time magazine called it, ”an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon”. And, Psychologists declared Edsel “emotionally displeasing”. Ford lost at least $125 million on it. That is celebrity status! GLWA!

    For my part, I love the urban legend that the grill was a misread of the psychological profile data. Supposedly, the automobile was an extension of a man’s sexuality. Jaguar XKE, Corvette, and Mustang got the long hood, short deck memo as in reflecting the phallic intent. Apparently, Ford Execs of the period thought the grill should reflect, hmmm, a part of the female anatomy!
    The cover story was the grill was reflective of Bugatti. As if Ford in the 1950s cared about that!

  14. Jackson

    What’s the number for the cars

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