Scarce Survivor: 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible

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Offered for only three model years (1958, 1958, and 1960), Ford’s Edsel Division was a shirt-lived marketing failure.  While any body style of Edsel is a rare site today, among the rarest was the one-year-only 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible, with only 1,876 units produced.

It’s with that knowledge is excited to offer this survivor-quality 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible in an online auction on behalf of the current long-term owner.  The seller reports their 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible features its original paint and interior.

Bidding opened Wednesday, May 17, 2023, and continues through 5:00 PM Eastern Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

This 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible is part of a private collection in The Villages, Florida.

The Deets

Year: 1958
Make: Edsel
Model: Pacer Convertible
Location: The Villages, Florida
Mileage: 113,513 (TMU)
VIN: W8RR704778
Exterior Color: Frost White, White Top, Coral Coves
Interior Color: White and Coral Vinyl
Engine: 361 cu in "E400" 4V V8
Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic (Floor Shift)
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

Current Bid: $5,100

The 1958 Edsel Pacer was a mid-range model of the short-lived Edsel brand, which Ford Motor Company introduced in the late 1950s. The Pacer was designed to cater to the middle-class market, positioned between the lower-priced Ranger and the higher-end Citation models. It featured distinct styling and a range of innovative features, but unfortunately, it failed to capture the public’s interest and became a symbol of marketing failure.

The exterior design of the 1958 Edsel Pacer was characterized by its unique “horse collar” grille, which became a defining feature of the Edsel brand. The Pacer boasted a longer wheelbase and a sleeker profile compared to its Ford counterparts, giving it a more substantial and luxurious appearance. The car was available in various body styles, including sedans, coupes, and convertibles, offering customers a range of options to suit their preferences.

Under the hood, the Edsel Pacer was equipped with a powerful V8 engine, which provided ample performance for its time. The Pacer also boasted several innovative features, such as the Teletouch automatic transmission, which placed the gear selector buttons in the center of the steering wheel hub. Additionally, it featured advanced suspension technology, power steering, and power brakes, all of which contributed to a smooth and comfortable driving experience.

Despite its promising features and unique design, the Edsel Pacer failed to resonate with consumers. The 1958 Edsel lineup suffered from numerous issues, including poor quality control, inconsistent marketing, and high expectations set by Ford. The high price tag and economic recession at the time further hindered its sales. As a result, the Edsel brand was discontinued after the 1960 model year, making the 1958 Pacer a rare and sought-after collector’s item today.

The LemonSquad Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”), completed several days before the start of this auction, confirmed this 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible to be a solid, rust-free, driver-quality example with several items needing attention noted in the report.  The picture below contains the Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection.  To review the Pre-Purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

Scarce Survivor: 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible

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If you have any questions about this 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible, please comment below or call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking, and happy bidding!

  1. Scarce Survivor: 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible

    Do you have any idea what the top needs to perform properly? Same for the push button gear selector. I see you have a floor shift for the trans.

    • Scarce Survivor: 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible

      Hi Gene, the seller converted this Edsel to a floor shift but all of the parts for the push button gear selector are in place should you choose to troubleshoot and convert the car back to that operation. The seller notes the top mechanism needs new cylinders and a motor. He estimates those parts to be approximately $600 and can help source them if needed.


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