By Vern Parker
At first glance Jack Beahm's car is frequently mistaken for a 1959 Pontiac because of the similar split grilles. However, his car's true identity is a 1960 Edsel Ranger.
The short lived Edsel phenomenon came to an end when Ford Motor Company determined the company had lost enough money on the car that the motoring public did not seem to want.
When the first Edsel was introduced as a 1958 model it was known for the "horse collar" vertical grille while the rest of the automotive industry was trending toward a horizontal look.
By the end of production Edsel stylists had made many changes including dropping the vertical grille in favor of a horizontal one easily mistaken for the grille of a 1959 Pontiac.
Only 2,846 Edsels were built for the 1960 model year. One of them, a four-door Ranger model, was purchased at the O'Brien and Rohall dealership in Arlington, Virginia. It was sold on October 24, 1959.