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Edsel Citation (1958)


Edsel Citation (1958)

Hurried into production, the Edsel was beset by production problems and quality control. But it wasn't all bad. Once the problems had been overcome it represented a premium brand with a lot going for it, Unfortunately by then most buyers had turned to other cars! What the Citation offered was power everything including the hood and front bench seat. Unusual extras inside included the 'cyclops' style rotating speedo placed centrally in the dash, and the station-seeking radio. Underneath there was nothing radical with wishbones and leaf springs front and rear, though the powerplant was extremely torquey to make the Edsel quite a performer for its day. With hindsight it's easy to see that the car was doomed from the very start, and it now represents one of the biggest flops in motoring history. Which, ironically, is also what makes it highly collectable.

Edsel Citation (1958) Specifications

Top speed:105 mph (168 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:410 ci (6,718 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:345 bhp (257 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:475 lb ft (644 Nm) @ 2,900 rpm
Weight:4,311 lb (1,959 kg)
Economy:10 mpg (3.54 km/I)
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