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July 17th 2019 update: When we originally posted this very rare Edsel on July 10th, the seller wanted $12,000. We just noticed he has since lowered his price to $9,900.
Featured here for this week’s Wagon Wednesday is this 1958 Edsel Roundup Two Door Wagon we came across on Craigslist in July 2019 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania for the asking price of $9,900 which he lowered from his original asking price of $12,000. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range of these extremely rare models as $19,200, $37,800, and $60,800, so now there appears to be even more opportunity to take this car to the next level if desired.
The Edsel Roundup was a two-door station wagon that was part of the new car line’s massive launch by Ford for 1958. The Roundup was part of a three-wagon line-up that first year that included the Villager and Bermuda four-door versions. The Roundup represented the base trim level available within the Edsel brand for a station wagon and was only available as a six-passenger two-door station wagon. Roundups came equipped with black rubber flooring, armrests, front and rear ashtrays, dome light, courtesy lights, and a white vinyl headliner. A split-back front seat allowed access to the back seat and in place of roll-down rear windows, the Roundup used sliding windows. Given the entire Edsel’s disastrous launch, Ford canceled the Roundup after only one year and 963 produced. The seller claims that only 35 remain today, so you’ll have to confirm who is source is for that information.
The downside of this rare example is that it appears at some point the body was extensively hot rodded with an older amateur repaint. The primary example is the lack of the stainless trim along the rear quarter panels typically affixed to these wagons that started just under the door handles, then ran divided long the side of the car until they met at the top and bottom of the original tail lights. Speaking of which, the current tail lights appear to be “frenched” units although the seller provides a picture of what appear to be the correct units. An in-person inspection should reveal these examples as well as the extent of any other modifications that would be very difficult to change back. Please comment below if you confirm we are correct about the body modifications based on the pictures.
That said, you’re looking at a rare and relatively complete example of an Edsel with some wiggle room in price if you can find the correct parts to bring it back to original. It also makes a great alternative that the more common Chevrolet Nomads of the period you’ll more than likely run into at just about any local car show. Good luck with the purchase!