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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m one of those guys. You know, the guy who watches a movie and comments on every car in every scene. For instance, last night The Wife, The Boy, and I watched the 1960 version of Psycho. When Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is walking through the used car lot, looking to replace her 1956 Ford Mainline, I’m rooting (in my head, of course) for her to buy this 1959 Edsel Villager, which we see as the first car in the row next to the office. But no, she buys a 1957 Ford Custom 300 — which is only one year newer than her trade-in. And by the way, the movie is set in December 1959 — what’s with all of those 1959 cars (Fords, Mercurys, and Edsels) in the used car lot? They’re barely a year old! Gee, I wonder if Ford Motor Company had any kind of a stake in this movie. I know Hitchcock handled the financing of it himself, because the studio had no interest in it. Their loss — big time! Here’s a link to the ’59 Edsel brochure.

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Ridgewaycynic2013

    Looking at the tail lights, I never realized Edsel had such a case of “Chevy envy”…unless of course, the Edsel actually predated GM’s use of the styling. Any thoughts on that, Jim?

    • Jim Corbran

      I’ve always thought that the back of the ’59 Edsel wagon looked a lot like a ’58 Pontiac. The sedan, if you squint, does kind of look Chevy-ish, but Chevy did it better.