RIP Roy Brown

We should note the passing on the 24 February, at the age of 96, of Roy Brown who was the lead designer of the Edsel. Introduced in 1957, the car which senior management at Ford greeted with a standing ovation at the model introduction, went on to sell slightly over 100,00 units in three years of production. Although synonymous with failure the Edsel has gone on to a strange sort on mechanical immortality. Really no uglier than some of its “successful” contemporaries the Edsel has a loyal following willing to pay up to $100,000 for a prime example. After the Edsel debacle, for which he became something of a scape goat, Mr. Brown went on to success at Ford’s UK division. It should be noted that he continued to drive an Edsel for decades after the marque’s failure – bloody good for him!