1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible

This is a rare 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible in Ember Red with Silver Grey Metallic rear quarter coves and a white top. It is fitted with a 361 cubic inch V8 providing 303 horsepower and Teletouch Drive automatic transmission.  The Teletouch controls are mounted on the center of the steering wheel allowing you to shift without taking your hand off the wheel.

Edsel Teletouch Drive

Edsel Teletouch Drive

One of the most distinctive features of the Edsel is the large oval “horse collar” grille.

1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible - side view

This Edsel looks great in Ember Red with Silver Gray rear quarter coves.

Pacer was the second step up in the Edsel range, sitting above the Ranger series. It used the same body as the Rangers with more trim. They both sat on a Ford 118 inch wheelbase frame. The higher models Corsair and Citation used a larger 124 inch wheelbase, Mercury frame.

The Pacer Convertible boasted: four built-in armrests, cigarette lighter and three ashtrays, courtesy lights under the instrument panel and rear armrest lights.

1958 Edsel Pacer Interior

Red and white vinyl interior captures the fifties perfectly.

Ultimately Edsel has become an iconic car that was unfortunately subjected to disastrous marketing (and bad timing as 1958 was a recession year). Its limited run of only 3 years has sealed its place in history. It is believed that only around 6,000 Edsels survive today.

Some available Edsel options in 1958
Option Price
Power steering $84.95
Power brakes $38.25
Power windows $100.95
Dial-A-Temp heater / defroster $92.45
Dial-A-Temp air conditioning (Ranger / Pacer) $417.70
Teletouch Automatic Transmission $231.40
Radio (push-button) with manual antenna $95.25
Radio station seeking with electric antenna $119.50

There were 1,876 Edsel Pacer Convertibles made for 1958 at a base price of $3,766.

1959 Edsel Ranger

Love them or loathe them, you can’t deny that Edsels stand out in a crowd. This 40,000 original mile, 1959 Edsel Ranger Hardtop Coupe is certainly eye-catching. From the horseshoe grille to the wing design on the trunk lid, it was unmistakably Edsel. 

Clearly well cared for and garaged all of its life, it is an excellent example of this rare, and appreciating in value, car.

Some of the sheet metal was actually shared with the 1959 Ford.

1959 Edsel Ranger Rear View

Rear view

The sales literature stated, “Exciting new kind of car that makes history by making sense but unfortunately that sense wasn’t widespread and sales for 1958 were disastrously low. This led to Ford cutting the higher-priced lines that weren’t selling and concentrate on the lower-priced series. Essentially leaving just the Ranger and Corsair. It did eventually make history, although for entirely different reasons than Ford originally intended.

1959 Edsel Ranger Interior

Silver And Black Vinyl with Black *Surf Cloth

New for 1959, and only available on the Ranger and Villager Station Wagons, was the 292 cubic inch V8 producing 200 horsepower.

1959 Edsel 292 V8

292 CID V8 2V

The Ranger had a wheelbase of 120″, overall length of 210.9″ and width of 79.8″.

59 Edsel Ranger - side view

Side view showing the color-filled moldings

SOME EDSEL OPTIONS FOR 1959 FITTED TO THIS CAR
Option Price
Mile-o-Matic Automatic Transmission $189.60
Wheel covers $16.60
Push-button radio $64.95
Two-tone paint $21.55
Lever-Temp heater $74.45
OTHER AVAILABLE EDSEL OPTIONS FOR 1959
Option Price
Power brakes $42.25
Power steering $81.80
Power windows $102.05
Tinted glass $37.90
Air conditioning with Dial-Temp heater/defroster $431.20
Padded instrument panel and visors $20.60

There were 5,474 1959 Edsel Ranger 2-door Hardtop Coupes made and sold for a base price of $3,690. This car was built in Louisville, KY August 16, 1959 just 10 days before production stopped on the 1959 models. In fact, the 1960 run didn’t last long at all with Edsel completely ceasing manufacture on November 19, 1959 producing just 275 cars.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

Disaster in Dearborn: The Story of the Edsel

Disaster in Dearborn: The Story of the Edsel by Thomas Bonsall

The story of the ill-fated Edsel from planning, creation, production to marketing.

Check it out on Amazon