The Most Embarrassing and Costly Products Flops in History

The Edsel

The Edsel’s launch in 1957 by Ford reinforced two corporate maxims: the need for positive marketing and quality products. Named after Henry Ford’s son, the Edsel’s aesthetics were unusual. Consumers complained incessantly about mechanical problems.

A popular joke of the era claimed Edsel stood for “Every Day Something Else Leaks.” The Edsel was discontinued in 1957.