End of the Line Tour Nov. 19, 2009 -Return of the Edsels
Edsels return to the assembly line for the first time in 50 years at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville KY on November 19, 2009. Part of the "End of the Line Tour" to commemorate 50 years since the Edsel was discontinued on November 19, 1959.
Tour of an auto parts factory in 1940 - "Auto-Lite on Parade" - WDTVLIVE42
Take a 10940's tour of the Electric Auto-Lite Company factory and see auto
parts and accessories such as spark plugs, batteries and headlights being
manufactured. The film ends with a stop-motion parade of the various
WDTVLIVE42 - Transport, technology, and general interest movies from the
past - newsreels, documentaries & publicity films from my archives.
Master Hands (1936) Chevrolet Manufacturing
Classic "capitalist realist" drama showing the manufacture of Chevrolets
from foundry to finished vehicles. Though ostensibly a tribute to the
"master hands" of the assembly line workers, it seems more of a paean to
the designers of this impressive mass production system. Filmed in Flint,
Michigan, just months before the United Auto Workers won union recognition
with their famous sitdown strikes.
Selected for the 1999 National Film Registry of "artistically, culturally,
and socially significant" films.
Full line of Ford cars being built
Inside the Ford plant we see the full line of Ford cars being built.
Welding, glass installed, painted and ready to roll out to the dealers. We
would love any help in getting positive ID for the factory. We thought it
was the Rouge but the cars don't seem to be the ones that were built there.
1959 DeSoto Body & Assembly Facility
This is a video of the DeSoto automobile production facility in 1959. All
of the modernized techniques and quality assurances in this film did not
save DeSoto from being discontinued just after the release of the 1961
models in late 1960 (just two years later).
1958 EDSEL CITATION CONVERTIBLE
This beautifully restored rust-free original California Edsel has been
owned for 20 years by Steve Edwards of Lakewood Ranch, FL. It is fully
equipped with Edsel's E475 engine, electric push-button Teletouch 3-speed
automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, power windows and power
seat, town and country signal-seeking radio, and padded dash. The car has
undergone extensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration, and is a
multi-award trophy winner. Look for it at various Southwest Florida
collector car shows .
50's TV: Edsel Commercial (1957)
50's TV: An Edsel commercial from 1957. Pretty underrated car if you ask
me. (by popular demand, the title of this video has been changed)
1958 EDSEL "ONCE IN A LIFETIME"
CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE AT unclerussie.tripod.com In late 1957, Edsel
division of the Ford motor company hosted a huge introduction party, which
unveiled the all new Edsel to the press and other Ford executives. The
party included broadway-type production numbers, featuring songs, singers
and dancers, extolling the virtues of this all new car. One number
performed in this show was "Once in a lifetime".
A RESTORED 1959 EDSEL
In the model year of 1958 Ford Motor launched a new car named after Henry
Ford's son, Edsel. Ford Co., thought there was a niche to fill between the
Ford car and the next model level Mercury. They thought wrong. There were
several reasons for the failure of Edsel, one being it's different if not
bizarre styling featuring a " horse collar" grill. Another reason was that
there was no niche to fill between Ford and Mercury. Edsel used a lot of
Mercury parts so it appeared to be a lower scale Mercury than a upper scale
Ford. The economic recession of 1958 also helped to kill sales of the
introductory year. This video gives you a tour of a restored 1959 Edsel.
The styling was less severe than the fifty eight model year and looks more
appealing but it didn't encourage sales for the damaged image was already
there. This Edsel is the lower model Ranger. Under the hood lies the six
cyclinder Ford engine with dual Exhaust. The exterior paint on this car is
excellent while the interior uphostery is not original or authentic but
looks great. The bottom line Ranger cost $3,072 and sold 7,778 units out
of a model year total of 44,891.
The two model years did nothing to increase sales and the 1960 model year
was a tacky version of a Ford of which the Ranger model sold 295 two doors
at $2,705, and 1,288 four doors at $2697. So, Ranger model totals for 1960
were 1,583. Edsel was cancelled in November '59 after only making 110,847
for the three model years.