This week marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of The Edsel, Ford Motor Company's iconic failed auto. Seen here is a beautiful 1958 Corsair, one of many fine Edsels you can admire at the Edsel.com Gallery. From Edsel.com:
Released into a nation struggling with a weak economy and fears of the Soviet satellite flying high overhead, the Edsel rollout couldn't have had worse timing. Combined with an undersupplied dealership network, radical styling and overhyped publicity, the 1958 Edsel undeservedly became a symbol of failure that endures to this day.Link to Edsel.com, Link to the Edsel entry on Wikipedia, Link to Washington Post article from Tuesday
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.