The Edsel was the "Waterworld" of cars, a boondoggle so notorious that, to this day, its name is invoked to end pitch meetings. Named after Henry Ford's son, Ford Motor spent millions of dollars developing it, but consumers found it hideous.
The Corsair represented the second-highest trim level of the Edsel brand, but it didn't matter how Ford tried to dress it up. "It was poorly received from day one because of the brand's bizarre styling," Brauer said. "By 1961 the Edsel division was gone."