1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406
Lot 138
One of just 930 produced
1958 Edsel Citation Convertible
Sold for US$ 71,500 inc. premium

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1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible  Chassis no. X8WY700406
1958 Edsel Citation Convertible

Chassis no. X8WY700406

410ci OHV V8 Engine
Single Four-Barrel Carburetor
345bhp at 4,600rpm
3-Speed Push-Button Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Top-of-the-line Citation Convertible
*One of just 930 produced
*The most expensive model in the Edsel range
*Many innovative features including push-button transmission
*One of the most recognizable American classics of the 1950s



THE EDSEL

Ford Motor Company debuted the Edsel on "E-Day"- September 4, 1957. Named after Henry Ford's son, Edsel was intended to be a rival to Buick and Oldsmobile and was touted as an entirely new car. Featuring innovative features including the Push-button Teletouch transmission, rolling dome speedometer, and warning lights for things like oil level, parking brake engagement, and engine temperature, the Edsel did offer new technology, however much of the car was shared with existing Ford products. In fact, all Edsels produced during the company's short lifespan (the brand ceased to exist in 1960) were produced in existing Ford factories.

As part of Ford's plan for a new, enticing car, they wanted an unmistakable design language to differentiate the Edsel from its Mercury and Ford cousins. For this, they called upon designer Roy Brown for a car that would appeal to buyers "with upscale tastes and mid-range budgets". Brown designed a car that defied convention, eschewing the large fins that were so popular in Detroit in favor of boomerang-shaped taillights and featuring a unique "horse collar" vertical grille, Brown undoubtedly created a distinctive look. However, this look, particularly the grille, was polarizing and not well received. As a result, just 63,107 units were sold in 1958, a far cry from the 200,000 projected. For 1959, Ford dropped the larger Citation and Corsair lines and implemented more conservative styling, however only 44,891 examples were sold. In 1960 Edsel abandoned the controversial horse collar grille, yet this change was not enough to save the young, troubled brand. On November 19th, 1959, the last of just 110,847 Edsels rolled off the production line. Edsel's failure to establish itself as a popular mid-priced car cost Ford Motor Company an estimated $350 million.

When launched for the 1958 model year, Edsel included four models, the Citation, Corsair, Pacer, and Ranger. The Citation and Corsair models were based on the larger Mercury platform, whereas the Pacer and Ranger were based on the smaller Ford platform. The top of the line Citation came in both two-door and four-door hardtops as well as a two-door convertible, all of which featured Edsel's E-475 V8 engine. The E-475 is a 410 cubic inch, 345 Horsepower V8 named for its 475 foot-pounds of torque and was most often mated to the innovative push-button Teletouch transmission.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This top-of-the-line 1958 Citation Convertible is one of just 930 examples produced and was the most expensive model offered. On August 27, 1957, this Citation Convertible rolled off the production line, featuring Powder Blue paint and a white and gold vinyl interior, along with the Teletouch automatic transmission. The car was later changed to its current color combination before being acquired by the consignor in 1996. For the last 18 years it has been well maintained and used sparingly for parades. Featuring bright chrome and beautiful red paint over a matching red interior, this is a stunning example of a truly distinctive 1950s automobile and offers a great opportunity to own both an innovative, iconic convertible as well as an interesting piece of American automotive history.
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