1958-1959 Edsel Corsair

The 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair was the first step down on the Edsel price-and-luxury ladder for '58. It was a slightly detrimmed version of the Citation.

The 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair, part of the 1958-1960 Edsel line of collectible cars.
1958-1959 Edsel Corsair.  See more pictures of 1950s cars.

Aside from front fender script, it was marked externally by absence of the contrasting color insert used on the Citation's concave rear fender scallop, or "spear" as some prefer to describe it.

There was no convertible offered, but the Corsair was based on the same Mercury platform and powered by the larger of Edsel's two V-8s.

Pluses of the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair:

  • Looks like no other car on the road
  • Power
  • Luxury
  • Large club following
  • “Lost cause” panache
  • Better quality control than on smaller Ford-based Edsels
  • More affordable than the 1958 Edsel Citation

Minuses of the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair:

  • Retains its "loser" image to this day
  • Styling more panned than praised
  • Gulps gas
  • Electrical maladies (particularly those with pushbuttons)

Production of the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair:

  • 4-door hardtop: 5,880
  • 2-door hardtop: 3,312

Specifications of the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair:
Wheelbase, inches: 124.0
Length, inches: 218.9

Weight, pounds: 4,134-4,235
Price, new: $3,346-$3,425 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair:

ohv V-8
410 cid

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