Roy Brown Jr., Designer of Infamous Ford Edsel, Dies At 96

March 05, 2013, 12:47 PM

Roy Brown Jr., the defiantly proud designer of the Ford Edsel, the chrome-encrusted, big-grilled set of wheels that went down as one of the worst flops in automotive history, died Feb. 24 at a hospice in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 96.

He had pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Jeanne Brown.

More than five decades after Mr. Brown’s creation debuted and promptly vanished from dealerships across the United States, the term “Edsel” remains practically synonymous with failure.

Among auto enthusiasts, however, the car generates deep nostalgia for a bygone era of American motoring — and a degree of affection that perhaps has proved Mr. Brown right in the end.



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