Dataplate specifications
Ranger, 4-door sedan, Sahara Beige with Polar White
Gold vinyl/Brown cloth interior

292 Ranger V8, Mile-o-matic 2-speed transmission, 3.10:1 axle ratio
Edsel number 703193 manufactured in Louisville, KY on October 30, 1959

Information as of:  December 2001

Owner:   Brian Lawler
Location:   California
Owned since:   1995

Mileage:   unknown
Condition:   In restoration
Originality:   Stock, with new drivetrain (see notes)

Accessories included:   Padded Dash and Visors, Radio, Lever-Temp Heater/Defroster

This car has held the title of highest serial numbered car still in existance, since 1977.  It was built on October 30th, 1959 along with Mike Cowles' turquoise convertible and a white Villager which are sequenced ahead of mine.
The car was delivered new to Knickerbocker Lincoln Mercury in Southern California, as was the turquoise convertible and the white Villager.

Phil Skinner had owned the car from 1987 until 1995.  He sold it to Dave Lee who had it for about 7 months.  I ended up paying $1700 for it in about a 3-4 condition.  I drove the car from Dave's house to mine (about 20 miles) with only the right front brake working.  It hardly ran, either.  The engine made a horrible sound like the rocker arms were about ready to fall off.  We finally figured out what the noise was when we chucked the engine.  When we got the clearances off the piston walls, they were bored .050 over with .040 pistons and the rings were taking up the slack.  Needless to say, the thing sounded like a diesel.  It was almost as loud as my dad's Dodge Cummins!

With the engine scrapped, I had a friend who builds Y-blocks professionally build me one for it, except with my specs.  My requirements were to get 300hp on a two-barrel Y-block.  We came close - got about 270hp with the 2bbl.  I have since added a 4bbl setup to it.  I wanted everything to be bone-stock but also get the max hp.  Let me tell you a 4bbl conversion is not that easy to make look correct on a '60 Y-block.  That setup brings the air cleaner forward a good inch and a half.  I had to modify certain objects to make it fit but it works.  We got the hp by doing a few little goodies to it.  It has been bored .040 over, has the large '57 heads, everything ported and polished, has a big block Autolite carb on it, intake has been modified to accept more fuel, has 10.0:1 compression, and has a nice goodie - an original Ford racing kit hi-po camshaft!

The engine we use is a late '56 312 block.  Let me tell you, with the 2spd auto I was able to lay 20 feet of rubber with the 3.10 gears.  I do have a new trans for it though.  The aluminum case 2spd is going.  I have a '61 Y-block Cruise-O-Matic for it.  The reason for all this power is not for burning the rubber right off but is for towing.  I am still searching for the right vintage travel trailer which is something else I am into.  I want a late 50's or early '60s 16-20ft unit.  I have not finished the car as of yet.  There is one ahead of it right now, my '57 Ford Courier that left the factory wearing Ranch Wagon windows (one of two known to exist).  The Edsel will appear to be completely stock throughout minus the carburetor.  It is even going back to Sahara Beige and Polar White.

I know the car is not the last car built, but it does have a significant place amongst the Edsel group being known as the highest serial number '60 Edsel still around.

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Information as of:  May 1995

Owner:   Dave Lee
Location:   Fontana, California
Owned:   1995

Mileage:   unknown
Condition:   Drives, needs mechanical work
Originality:   unknown

Accessories included:   unknown


Information as of:  December 1994

Owner:   Phil Skinner
Location:   Fullerton, California
Owned:   1987-1995

Mileage:   unknown
Condition:   Solid California car
Originality:   unknown

Accessories included:   unknown


Information as of:  1968

Owner:   Curtiss Edwards
Location:   Orange, California
Owned since:   unknown

Mileage:   unknown
Condition:   unknown
Originality:   unknown

Accessories included:   unknown

1968 research by R. Meek

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