The Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel brand in 1958, and had high hopes for its success. It was available in versions based on both the large Mercury and smaller Ford bodies. Unfortunately for Ford and Edsel, the brand was a commercial failure due to several reasons, such as a weak economy and sagging mid-priced cars sales.
For 1959, the Edsel line was simplified and the up-level Mercury-based models were no longer offered and prices were slashed. Unfortunately, this was too little, too late, as sales continued to fall from 68,045 in 1958 to 44,891 in model-year 1959. The Edsel line was quietly dropped before the end of the 1959 calendar year, after only a few 1960 models were assembled.
During its brief lifespan, the Edsel brand was able to acquire a cult following and became one of the first collectible cars of the Fifties. Even today they remain one of the most recognizable automobiles of all time.
This particular 1959 Edsel Corsair Convertible is painted in period iconic pink. It was originally from California and was purchased with many options including Edsel's biggest 1959 engine, the 361 cubic-inch, 303 horsepower 'Super Express' V8. Mated to the engine is a 'Dual-Power' three-speed automatic transmission. The base price without options was $3,072 and there were only 1,343 Edsel convertibles built in 1959. By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2009
This car is completely Original with 16,366 miles. It is a trophy winner at Meadowbrook and East Coast Concours'. It was awarded the most original at National Edsel Meets. It was invited to the Concours d'Elegance of the Eastern United States in 1995 where it won the Most Authentic Post-1940 Award.
New, this Edsel with all its options, listed for $3,480.
Sold for $55,000 at 2007 RM Sothebys. Sold for $49,500 at 2014 RM Sothebys. This 1959 Edsel Corsair Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held at Meadow Brook. The car is powered by a 361 cubic-inch V8 engine that is capable of producing over 300 horsepower. The car has four-wheel hydraulic actuated drum brakes and a three-speed automatic transmission. The selling price was estimated to be between $50,000 - $70,000. There were only 1,343 examples produced of the Edsel Corsair Convertible with only few surviving in modern times. It has recently been treated to a mechanical restoration and is in excellent running condition.
For 1959, the Citation was the top-of-the-line Edsel vehicle. It was basically a Edsel Ranger with a more powerful engine and many amenities as standard equipment.
The Edsel Company had been formed by the Ford Motor Company as a line of vehicles that were to satisfy the thirst of many American buyers who wanted a high-powered, fully-equipped automobile. Sadly, the Edsel's were introduced when the economy was struck by a recession and the pool of potential buyers dwindled. The Edsel marque lasted only a few short years, ending after 1960.
This example is one of the few that remain and is in superb condition. The blue paint scheme is striking and the interior alluring. At auction, the bidding reached $55,000 and the car was sold. By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2009
Sold for $93,500 at 2006 RM Sothebys. Sold for $126,500 at 2008 RM Sothebys. Sold for $99,000 at 2010 Gooding & Company. This Corsair Convertible has been given a comprehensive restoration since new, and finished in the 'as-delivered' color combination of President Red with a Snow White side panel insert. There is a black soft top and two-tone upholstery. The car is loaded with factory options including factory air-conditioning, a continental kit, dual spotlights, power features, and the Edsel windshield washer bag.
The car has been shown at a variety of events and has captured Best of Show awards at the EOC National Conventions and the Edsel Club National meet, as well as AACA National First Place Senior, Junior and Preservation awards.
In 2010, this Edsel Cosair was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's auction held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was expected to sell for $80,000 - $100,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $99,000, inclusive of buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010
Sold for $63,250 at 2011 RM Sothebys. On September 4th of 1957 and fueled by the largest advance marketing campaign ever undertaken for an automotive launch, the public witnessed the introduction of Ford's all-new Edsel brand. Sadly, the Edsel brand would not enjoy the success anticipated, as sales were rather disappointing. Slow sales coupled with a sharp recession and a surge in gas prices prompted consumers to crave smaller, more fuel-efficient compact cars. In late 1959, production of the Edsel automobile came to a close.
For 1959, Edsel produced just 1,343 examples of their Corsair Convertible. This example is one of those rare cars, and it is a relatively late-production example. It was completed at the Louisville, Kentucky Edsel assembly line on April 1, 1959 and carried a base price of $3,072.
In 1996, this car was given a restoration and then acquired by the current owner in late 1998. The new owner undertook a major freshening of the car, resulting in an AACA national Junior and Senior awards in 1999.
The car is Snow White with Aqua accents and a white convertible top. Inside, there is a two-tone Aqua vinyl interior. Under the bonnet is a 'Super Express' 361 cubic-inch V-8 engine offering 303 horsepower. There is a Dual Drive three-speed automatic transmission and a 2.91:1 rear end. Factory options include back-up lights, a Lever-Temp heater, power brakes, power steering, power windows, a signal-seeking radio and tinted glass. The factory-installed air-conditioning is a particularly rare original option.
In 2011, this car was offered for sale at the Amelia Island Auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $70,000 - $90,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $63,250 including buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2011
The production lifespan of the Edsel Corsair lasted from 1958 through 1959. The Corsair was nearly the top-of-the-line Edsel for 1958 and featured many high-grade amenities and appointments. The Corsair was given stainless steel trim and deluxe wheel covers. It was offered in both a two-door or four-door hardtop and was powered by V8 engine that displaced 410 cubic-inches and produced 345 horsepower. Mated to the engine was an Edsel Teletouch automatic gearbox. The buttons were placed in the steering wheel hub which were easily accessible to drivers, especially those who enjoyed using their horn a lot.
Sadly, the entire Edsel production line never met favorably with the hopes of the Ford marque. The Corsair faired just the same with a total of 9,987 examples being produced in 1958. 3,632 were hardtop coupes and 6,335 were four-door hardtops. The cost of ownership for the Corsair ranged from $3,310 to $3,390.
The push-button transmission system was not used in 1959, as it had been too trouble-some in the prior year. The powerplant was also changed to a Ford 332 cubic-inch V8 engine mated to a standard three-speed manual gearbox. The Mile-O-Matic two-speed automatic gearbox was optional and served as a replacement for the Teletouch system. Total production for 1959 was 9,318 examples. Due to slow sales, the Corsair was discontinued. By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007
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