The 1958 Edsel came in two sizes - big & bigger! The 'senior' series cars are the Citation and Corsair models. They were built on the large Mercury-based frame. The 'Junior' series cars are Rangers, Pacers and station wagons Bermuda, Villager and Roundup, which were built on the smaller Ford-based frame.
This brand new model, the Edsel Citation Convertible, was the top of the line of four models for 1958. Its engine featured 345 horsepower with 10.5 compression, and the car weighed in at 4311 pounds. Only 930 of this convertible model were produced and they had several unique features such as transmission pushbuttons in the center of the steering wheel and a built-in dash compass.
This car is an example of the top of the line Edsel, which Ford Motor Co introduced in September, 1957. Only 930 Edsel Citation Convertibles were produced, of which less than 150 still exist.
Edsel was the first car with an entirely electric system for shifting gears. The car could be ordered with an impressive list of over 80 options that could boost the base price of $3,800.00 to over $5,000.
They were powered by a 410 cubic-inch engine, generating 345 horsepower. Currently, a fully restored Citation Convertible, such as this one, are selling from $70,000 to $80,000.
The Edsel was more expensive than other comparable cars, and the price of the loaded, top-of-the-line models that were first on the showroom floor scared away many buyers. To purchase this car new, it would have cost $3,766. In three model years, Edsel Division produced 110,847 Edsels. Today less than 6,000 Edsels survive, and each one is a cherished classic. The 1958 Edsel advertising said it best - 'Once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. Once you've owned it, you'll never want to change.'
This low mileage car is mostly original with only some replacement of chrome and possibly a repaint by the previous owner of the vehicle.