August 27th, 2012
Having a Look at a Vintage Automobile
Posted by Francesca
As you may know, we've been spending a good deal of time at Skylands, our home on Mt. Desert Island in Maine. There are so many wonderful places and things to explore and one day, we wandered over to the garage building and had a look at a very special automobile.
1 Hello! I'm sitting in a very special vintage 1958 car in the garage at Skylands. You may know that Edsel Ford built Skylands, but he also was responsible for a line of Ford cars, called Edsels.
2 This 2-door 6-passenger station wagon is called a Roundup and only 963 were produced. Martha is very lucky to own one.
3 There are many innovative features including a push-button teletouch transmission located in the center of the steering wheel, something now found in many modern sports cars. However, back then, this feature was trouble-prone.
4 I am now in the backseat and as you can see over the bench seat, the interior is quite spacious, with plenty of room for cargo.
5 Edsels were manufactured between 1958 and 1960 and this Roundup was only made in 1958. It's the only Edsel 2-door wagon available during any model year.
6 Sharkey, nearly 50 years after being discontinued, fewer that 6,000 Edsels survive. Don't you feel special sitting in one?
7 Don't you just love the taillights? It even has a very appropriate license plate. Hey, I have an idea! What do you say about a little drive into town? You know this car always gets a lot of attention.
8 Come on, Sharkey! I'll do the driving! We can go and grab a cup of Joe!
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