Edsel Citation

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Edsel Citation
1958 Edsel Citation Convertible
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Body style(s)2-door convertible
2-door hardtop
4-door hardtop
Engine(s)410 in³ V8
Transmission(s)3-speed automatic
Wheelbase124 in (3150 mm)
Curb weight4,136 lb (1,876 kg)-4,311 lb (1,955 kg)
ManualsService Manual

The Edsel Citation was an automobile produced by the former Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln Division of the Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, Michigan and sold through its Edsel marque in 1958. The Citation was built off the longer Edsel platform, shared with Mercury (automobile) brand automobiles, as was the Edsel Corsair.

Citation was one of two Edsel model names later used by another auto manufacturer, Pacer being the other.

The Citation represented the highest trim level available within the Edsel brand. In addition to deluxe interior appointments, the Citation also received extra stainless steel details and a gold-anodized aluminum cove panel. The cove (or "scallop") could be painted either the color of the body, the roof, or a third color (tri-tone paint option).

Riding on a 124 in wheelbase, the Citation was powered by a 410 in³ V8 producing 345 bhp (257 kW). Edsel’s Teletouch automatic, which placed its drive-selection buttons in the steering wheel hub, was standard.

While its roll-out was highly publicized in the fall of 1957, the 1958 Edsel was a marketing disaster for Ford and for Ford's corporate strategy for meeting General Motors' product line for product line. Total Citation output in the U.S. and Canada for the model stood at 9,299 units, of which 930 were U.S.-built convertibles, 5,588 were four-door hardtops (5,112 in U.S. and 476 in Canada), and 2,781 were hardtop coupes (2,535 in U.S. and 246 in Canada). Prices ranged from US$3,500 to $3,766.

Production Figures for Edsel Citation
Body Style Units
2-Door Convertible 930
2-Door Hardtop Coupe 2,781
4-Door Hardtop Sedan 5,588

For the 1959 model year, the Citation and the Pacer models were dropped (as was the trouble prone Teletouch system) from Edsel’s model range for 1959, which was introduced in the fall of 1958.

The Citation covertible remains one of the most sought after models amongst modern-day Edsel collectors.


Bonsall, Thomas E. (2002). Disaster in Dearborn: The Story of the Edsel. Stamford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-4654-0. 

Duetsch, Jan (1976). The Edsel and Corporate Responsibility. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-01950-5. 

  • Heasley, Jerry (1977). The Production Figure Book For U.S. Cars. Motorbooks International. ISBN 0-87938-042-X. 

Triplett, Ty (1990). The Edsel Owner's Handbook, Second Revision. International Edsel Club. n/a. 

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