The Ford Edsel Ranger “Kozy Kar Kamper” is a vehicle so absurd that you’d be forgiven for assuming that it’s the result of a drunken Edsel owner hacksawing his slide-in pickup truck camper. But, according to a sales listing, 24 of these abominations were actually built.
The “Kozy Kar Kamper,” which you absolutely should not abbreviate, is essentially a small camper attachment to the Edsel. Sort of like one of those campers you put in a truck bed, except instead of a truck bed, the Kar Kamper sits in the Edsel’s trunk. To make room for it, the trunk lid is removed.
You also get stiffer springs to cope with the weight of the world’s weirdest hat. Putting something like this on any car is strange, but it being on an Edsel makes it all the weirder. The Edsel brand, for the uninitiated, is largely considered to be one of the biggest commercial flops in history.
The marque, which Ford spent millions teasing and developing, was a total disaster due to marketing confusion, reliability problems, strange looks, and an economic downturn. It reportedly lost Ford $250 million, which would be over $2 billion today. Edsel was supposed to sell the cars of the future, but now it’s a catch-all word for a commercial failure.
While the brand initially included the Ranger, Pacer, Corsair, and Citation in 1958, only the Ranger and Pacer survived until 1959. This camper-equipped Ranger was apparently repainted in the Seventies and has always been garage kept. It now shows 64,000 miles, though with the camper attachment, it’s surely been working harder than most other Edsels.
The car—with its weird history and absurd camper attachment included—is currently for sale for $19,995. That’s a lot more than the Edsel Ranger’s initial sticker price of $2484, but, as the ad points out, that it’s a bargain for a car, a show piece, and a motel all-in-one.
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