1958 Edsel Citation – Today’s Retro-Barge Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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Edsel was a car brand created and owned by Ford that was unveiled in 1958 as a means to bridge the gap between Ford and Mercury.

The Citation was Edsel’s top of the range model, and was built on the same platform that was shared with certain Mercury models and the Edsel Corsair.

Luxury appointments and unique features bestowed upon the Citation included a floating speedometer, leather-clad seats that were tilted forward slightly for better support, a triple thermostat cooling system, electronically controlled bonnet release and self-adjusting brakes.

1958 Edsel Citation

The Citation used a mighty MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) 6.7lt V8 that produced a respectable 257kW (345hp) and 644Nm. This oomph was mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.

However, it wasn’t what you would call a rapid vehicle, as the Citation weighs comfortably more than two-tonne and is well over 18 feet long.

The Edsel was a bit of a sales disaster when it arrived on the scene, with many criticising its polarising looks, most notably its ‘horse collar’ vertical grille.

1958 Edsel Citation

Worse still was Ford’s timing of the introduction of the brand. Edsel was conceived by Ford execs in 1955 in response to a booming medium-price car market. However, by the time Edsel arrived on the scene in 1958, the market segment had tanked and as a result not many were ever sold.

This particular Citation is a 1958 model in ‘Jonquil’ yellow and ‘Frost’ white. According to the seller, the vehicle has travelled 74999 miles from new.

The chrome behemoth is $70,000 and anyone interested can view the full listing here.

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