1959 Edsel Corsair ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $50,000-$70,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $55,000

Specifications:
303bhp, 361 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

When the plans were in motion for the creation of Ford ’ s Edsel in the early 1950s, the economy was strong and growing. At that time Americans seemed to have an unquenchable thirst for fully equipped, high-powered, chrome-clad cars. It was the Ford Motor Company ’ s goal to satisfy that thirst when they introduced the Edsel on September 4, 1957. Unfortunately, the year the Edsel was launched, the economy was struck by a flash recession and consumers ’ purse strings were suddenly tied tightly.

Nonetheless, the public flocked to dealerships for the Edsel ’ s introduction with high expectations. They would be short-lived and very few would go home with a set of Edsel keys in hand. Sure enough, sales reflected the public ’ s disappointment and following the 1960 model year Ford Motor Company put a halt to production.

In 1959, the Corsair was little more than an Edsel Ranger with a larger engine and a longer list of standard features. Built on the same platform, the sedans were very similar, distinguishable primarily by the placement of side trim and variations in the body styles offered. The easiest Corsair to identify was the convertible, as the Ranger was not offered with an open body style that year.

The 1959 Edsel Corsair Convertible offered here is a very rare find. It is finished in a two-tone aqua color with a white top and boot cover complemented by an aqua and white vinyl interior. It has gone through an extensive body-off restoration to meet grueling show standards, yet remarkably has never been shown. The Corsair Convertible comes equipped with many factory options including the 303 horsepower Super Express V8 engine as well as power steering, power brakes, power top, Town & Country radio, back-up lights, continental kit, electric wipers, windshield washer, and the original owner ’ s manual to name just a few.

With only 1,343 examples ever produced and very few survivors, the 1959 Edsel Corsair Convertible is not only the most rare, but as a top-of the line offering from Edsel that year, the most desirable. This example, in show quality condition and having just received an extensive mechanical service, marks an opportunity to acquire what is likely the very best.

Reference Number 11142

as of 7/12/2007

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Car 1959 Edsel Corsair Convertible
VIN W9UR705884 
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