The Ford/Edsel (7/12)

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Ford spent over $250 million in research and development before the Edsel hit the showrooms. Unfortunately, cars with huge fins and room for several people inside were already on the way out by 1958 as consumers were becoming interested in smaller cars that got better gas mileage. The Edsel was plagued with a wide range of mechanical and electrical problems that when combined with terrible fuel economy, signed the brand’s death warrant. Read more about the Edsel here.