Thursday, December 14, 2017

Shrine of the Holy Grill, an oasis of Edsels

His first car was an Edsel, bought a month after production ceased, and the dealership wanted it gone so bad they knocked a 1/3rd off the price. It lasted 12 years and 120,000 miles, and then life got in the way until he restored it, won trophies with it, and started collecting more Edsels.

He found and purchased 1960 Edsel Serial Number One – a four-door hardtop coincidentally painted the same Sahara Beige as his first four-door sedan. A lot of the his cars are low-mileage originals, including a black ’58 Citation four-door hardtop that has clocked just 22,000 miles, and a ’59 Corsair two-door hardtop – red, with cream-yellow inserts and a white roof – showing just 16,300 miles

In 1994, Jim’s 1960 Ranger sedan – the first Edsel he ever purchased, 34 years before – earned a Grand National First Prize from the Antique Automobile Club of America. It was the first Edsel ever to be so honored.