Field Fresh Wagon: 1959 Edsel Villager

Though disliked by many for quite some time, Edsels are rising in both coolness and popularity. Being affordable projects while also being fairly obscure in the modern world are the two main reasons for this. While and Edsel project car may be affordable to purchase, Edsel parts are certainly not affordable or easy to come by unless you know the right people. Fortunately, most people purchasing Edsel projects are part of the Edsel community. For those that do not know, Edsel was a short-lived division of Ford Motor Company that produced futuristically (some say poorly) designed luxury cars. Production only lasted from 1958-1960, when poor sales forced Ford to cut the brand. Check out this cool Edsel wagon here on eBay in Oregon with a Buy It Now price of $2,200. 

Under the hood is what the seller states is a 332 cubic inch V8. While this was a common engine for Villagers, any Edsel engine from the 223 Economy Six all the way up to the 361 Super Express V8 could be had in 1959 and 1960 model years. Because this car is being sold from a private collection of 206 vehicles, the seller has not included much more than the basic information and encourages potential buyers to “please look at the pictures carefully and ask lots of questions.” While the car is said to be complete, before buying it would be wise to find out exactly how complete it really is.

This is the only picture included in the listing of the interior. While this isn’t a great picture, it tells potential buyers pretty much everything they need to know about the inside of this car: it is there, but it needs help. The seller states that the cars in this collection have been stored outside for over 30 years, and looking at this Edsel there is no reason to doubt it. Fortunately, as rough as this interior is, it looks like the majority of the important and hard to find stuff is there and ready to be restored.

Wagons are cool in their own way, and so are Edsels. Why not have an Edsel wagon? It’s like a Ford Country Squire but weird! Though the taillights on a ’58 Edsel Villager are way cooler looking than on this ’59 (seriously, its worth looking it up!), this car’s styling is not too shabby either. Though they were and may still be considered ugly cars, Edsels are certain to draw a crowd and you know you won’t encounter 3 similar Villagers at your local cruise night! A determined Edsel fan could make a really beautiful car out of this Edsel, and since it looks to be in unmolested original condition it is prime for being restored. Would you attempt it?

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Comments

  1. boxdin

    The rear swing up glass is sought after by Deora fans

    • glen

      This was a Hot Wheels car, I think I had one.

  2. Rodney

    Can we finally put the rest the rumor that the front of the Edsel was designed by a gynecologist. It was not. It was a proctologist.

  3. Brad C

    Here’s the same model near Ann Arbor for HALF the price and WAY nicer shape!
    I’d keep this to myself if I wasn’t already halfway through a stalled wagon project.

    https://annarbor.craigslist.org/cto/d/edsel-villager-wagon/6243670485.html

    • boxdin

      Good Find

    • Keith

      Interesting wagon, notice he said it was last plated in ’61….so it was only drive 2 years? Wonder what happened….

  4. RS

    No car that has been sitting a long time in a field is worth buying. What a stupid, stupid place to leave any car of value.

  5. Greg Member

    Does having 206 cars in a junkyard constitute a private collection? Sad they left it out in a field. I’d go with the one Brad C posted!

  6. C Carl

    The back window was used as the Deora windshield, good stuff. Lots of knowledge on this website.

  7. stillrunners lawrence Member

    The later Ed wagons were low production….just sayin’…

  8. george

    Thanks to Brad C. We need more people like this that can point out better deals!

  9. JCW Jr.

    Seems like anyone with a couple cars they quit driving and parked out back is now 40 years later a private collection.

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