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No Edsels!

By Steven S. Brooks Published: September 9, 2009

In conversations about the upcoming Glenmoor Gathering, I've heard people speculating about how many Edsels will be there. Well, I'm here to tell you that there will a grand total of ZERO!

Not that anyone has anything against Edsels. As a matter of fact, they were actually very good cars that were victimized by some of the worst marketing decisions in automotive history. The reason is, despite one of the events main features being "The Cars of Edsel Ford", he had nothing to do with the Edsel. In fact, he died fifteen years before the Edsel automobile was conceptualized and produced.

Even though he was Henry's son, Edsel's philosophy on automobiles was very different than that of his father's. Where Henry saw the automobile as a cookie cutter-like tool (you could get a Model T in any color as long as it was black), Edsel brought an artistic eye and sense of design to the company. He was responsible for the purchase of Lincoln in the early '20's, subsequent support of many of the country's finest custom coachbuilders and milestone Ford and Lincoln designs (such as the Zephyr and Continental) of the '30's. He was also an afficianado of the great European marques of the day. These are the true cars of Edsel Ford and are the ones which you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all together at Glenmoor on Sunday, September 20.

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