If there’s something that my years of reading Curbside Classic have taught me is that Oregon is a veritable hub for all kinds of strange and interesting metal. Today’s featured car does absolutely nothing to dissuade me from that.
To sum up the whole “Edsel incident” in this article would really be a waste of time. The story of one of Ford’s biggest marketing blunders has been studied and re-studied by marketing majors for years and has been the punchline of every joke. Every inch of its original design has been analyzed and every joke that could be made out of it has been done. This is a good thing, after all the shots have been fired and the dust has settled you can sit down and look at things objectively. Take a look at this 1958 Bermuda, for example. Tell all the jokes you want about the front (that’ll be original) but it’s not bad-looking at all, at least in your author’s eyes. It was just different. The same way the E65 BMW 7-Series was hideous when released and car design just assimilated it as it evolved.
So what do we have? It’s a beautifully restored 1958 Top-of-the-line Edsel Bermuda six-passenger wagon finished in metallic brown/white with the extremely desirable wood-paneling two-tone with a brown and beige interior. And it’s quite special indeed because (according to the seller) this is one of only three out of the 892 Edsel Bermudas built in 1958 that ditched the finicky Teletouch transmission in favor of a more traditional three-on-the-tree. The odometer is showing an indicated 32,369 miles according to the picture of the (incredibly beautiful and ’50s-pulp futuristic) dashboard.
The seller makes note of the quality of the restoration; saying “The paint is a very high quality with straight panels and nice fit. The glass is original and in good condition for its age. The chrome is done to a very high level throughout the car. The stainless trim is excellent and also polished to a very high standard. Some of the rubber is original and some has been replaced and all the rubber is in good condition. The faux wood trim is all in nice condition.” I sincerely doubt circa-1958 rubber will be in all that good condition. Maybe it’s preserved to look nice but it’s extremely delicate, and if you blow on it or a fly steps on it it’ll disintegrate to dust. Also, and I think this is worth mentioning despite everyone else doing it already, the rear turn signals are the single most idiotic turn signal design ever to be put in a car. Turn right to indicate right? Or is it left? It must be left right? Right?
Well, if you’re not one to be bothered by those sort of things and want to own a very cool classic wagon that would get people talking. Take $45,000 and head here. Just be prepared to hear the same jokes over and over again.