Once again the Edsel takes a hit. The iconic bad car stars in Time magazine's "50 Worst Cars of All Time" list, lumped in with such jewels as the 1899 'Horsey Horseless', 1958 'Zunndapp Janus' and the just as improbably named 1966 'Peel Trident'. Who'd trust their life to a Horsey Horseless? It's too bad Ford put Edsel's name on the black sheep of their line - posthumously at that. According to the Dictionary of American Biography: "Edsel Ford had a particular flair for automobile styling, and was an early advocate of improvements in the Model T.... Edsel introduced improved brakes, balloon tires, all-steel bodies, enclosed cars, and a choice of colors instead of the standard black." Where would the modern car be without him? Yet he remains Edsel. Sigh.
Henry and Edsel : the creation of the Ford Empire / Richard Bak.