This is a rare 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible in Turquoise with Frost White rear quarter coves and a Turquoise 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.
One of the most distinctive features of the Edsel is the large oval “horse collar” grille.
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.
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.
Aimed at the mid price market these cars were designed for those ready to jump to a higher level and possibly move away from Ford. So, they were (and still are) actually very nice cars.
Some available Edsel options in 1958
|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.
This Pacer is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)