Edsel is always controversial because, despite having earned a reputation as one of the worst mistakes ever, it had a lot of positives.
Michael LaMoy, a retired real estate appraiser who lives in Menifee, Calif., has a soft spot for the car, perhaps because in 1962 he and his wife drove one from Vermont to California.
"I've noticed over the years that the Edsel has been included in an increasing number of 'bad' lists," LaMoy writes. "It didn't used to be, back when the cars were in production, or for a few decades later, but there seems to be a 'repeat this story' thing now that very few people actually had experiences with an Edsel."
"Bad design? There could be a case for that, due to the unusual body design. Bad marketing? Absolutely! But the car came in four models, spread over two series; the smaller two, Ranger and Pacer, were built on a Ford chassis and the larger two, Corsair and Citation, were built on a Mercury chassis, which was a few inches longer."
"So, whatever the quality concerns, they were no worse and no better than those of Ford and Mercury, which were not afflicted with any more problems than any GM or
products of that era," he says.