1958 Edsel Pacer

The 1958 Edsel Pacer was the more expensive and better equipped of Edsel's two junior series for 1958, based on the 118-inch-wheelbase (116 for wagons) platform introduced with the 1957 Ford. The Pacer shared basic styling -- including the much maligned "toilet-seat grille" -- and interior design with the Citation and Corsair, but had a notably lighter "greenhouse."

The lineup included the Bermuda wagon with simulated wood side trim a la Ford's Country Squire; the nine-passenger version was the rarest of the 1958 Edsels. Like the cheaper companion Ranger series, it was available only with a 361 V-8 based on Ford's FE-series Y-Block engine, and -- with its light body -- was probably the most agile Edsel.

Also like the Ranger, the 1958 Edsel Pacer was built alongside Fords, mainly at the firm's Louisville assembly plant where quality control was more lax than on the senior cars built by Lincoln-Mercury.

Pluses of the 1958 Edsel Pacer:

  • Cheaper than Citation/Corsair
  • Speedy
  • "Distinctive" looks

Minuses of the 1958 Edsel Pacer:

  • "Distinctive" looks
  • Less power and sheer luxury than the bigger models
  • Somewhat thirsty
  • Construction quality bordered on slipshod

Production of the 1958 Edsel Pacer:

  • 2-door hardtop: 6,139
  • 4-door sedan: 6,083
  • 4-door hardtop: 4,959
  • Convertible: 1,876
  • Bermuda six-passenger wagon: 1,456
  • Bermuda nine-passenger wagon: 779

Specifications of the 1958 Edsel Pacer:
Wheelbase, inches: 118.0
Length, inches: 213.1
Weight, pounds: 3,773-3,919
Price, new: $2,375-$3,247 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1958 Edsel Pacer:

ohv V-8
361 cid

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