It may be remembered as Ford's $25 million fiasco, but today nearly everyone wishes they owned a '58 Edsel. Now, you can - in the form of a precision-engineered re-creation of one of the most famous icons of the Fifties! Assembled by hand from over 100 separate parts, it captures every distinctive detail - from the famous horse-collar grille and elongated taillights, to the pushbutton gear selector mounted to the steering wheel hub. Working features include operable steering, functional suspension, and a hood that lifts to reveal the fully detailed 410 cid V-8 engine. Own a piece of automotive history.
Today, the Edsel has attained cult status in the annals of American automotive history, and before it had appeared, the 1958 Edsel was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated car in the 1950s. Indeed, the Edsel was the first new nameplate that the Ford Motor Company had introduced in the twenty years since the 1938 Mercury debuted. But it was produced only until 1960, with sales dropping an incredible 89% in that brief time.
The Edsel's design was certainly unique. The vertical front grille and gullwing taillights were unlike anything then on the road. The gear selector was also unusual - a push button box placed into the hub of the steering wheel. The idea behind this design and the entire instrument assembly was to give the driver easy access to the controls.
In addition to the unusual styling, the Edsel was introduced at a time when American auto sales were faltering. In 1954, when the car was first conceived, Americans were buying automobiles in record numbers. But by 1958, a recession had set in and sales, particularly of mid-priced cars like the Edsel, dropped considerably. At a time when established makes were struggling, the chances for success of a new car relatively untested by the public were slim.
Those who did take a chance with the Edsel could choose four models: the Corsair and the Citation, which had a 345-horsepower V8 engine and shared body parts with the Mercury, and the Ranger and the Pacer which had a 303-horsepower V8 engine and shared body parts with the Ford.
Today, the Edsel is coveted by collectors, restored and entered in auto shows around the country, and greatly valued - no doubt for its infamous role in American automotive history. Now, the 1958 Edsel Citation has been re-created by the craftsmen at Franklin Mint Precision Models in a 1:24 scale precision-engineered model. Authentically researched and meticulously crafted, the 1958 Edsel Citation captures every detail of the original, from the unusual front grille to the 410 cubic inch V8 engine.
•Engine: OHV V-8
•Displacement: 410 Cubic Inches
•Horsepower: 345 HP @ 4600 RPM
•Bore & Stroke: 4.20 x 3.70 Inches
•Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
•Suspension: Independent, Coil Springs
•Transmission: Edsel Teltouch Drive (Automatic)
•Induction System: Holley Four-Barrel Carburetor
•Brakes: Duo-Servo, Hydraulic Drum
•Steering Wheel: The front wheels can be positioned for display.
•Trunk: Your model's trunk opens to an approximate 45-degree angle.
•Doors: Your model's doors are hinged in the front.
•Hood: As on the original car, the hood is hinged.