The Car Doc weighs in.
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Q: I’m thinking about buying an antique car and I’m leaning toward an Edsel. They are just unique enough to be special and they don’t look as expensive as an equivalent Mercury or Lincoln. Any suggestions before I go shopping?
A: My first suggestion is to talk with people who own the car you are interested in. They can tell you about cars for sale and what to look for. My second suggestion is to buy the most car you can afford. There is almost nothing worse than buying someone else’s project or even worse, a basket case. These cars can be true money pits. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Edsel. The New England Chapter of the Edsel Owners Club will hold its 60th anniversary at the Early Ford V8 Club Show and Swap meet at the Fitchburg Airport on Sunday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If I were shopping for an Edsel or antique Ford, I would go to this show first and gain a bit of knowledge. It has been my experience that car hobbyists love to talk about their cars and this education and these contacts can be invaluable.
John Paul, AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has 40+ years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician.