The Edsel Pacer was an automobile produced by the former Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln Division of the Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, Michigan. This particular model was sold through the Edsel marquee in 1958. The Pacer was built off the shorter Edsel wheelbase, which was shared with Ford brand automobiles. Additionally, it shared its body with the Edsel Ranger. The Pacer was a step up from the basic Ranger model in that in addition to the Ranger’s base trim appointments, the Pacer received contoured seat backs, nylon upholstery and color-keyed rubber floor mats. The Pacer also looked sharper on the outside due to the extra stainless steel and window moldings. A basic heater was available and air conditioning was optional as well.
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All Pacers rode on Ford’s 118 inch wheelbase and shared the Ranger’s engine choices. This included a 361 in V8 as standard as well as a three-speed manual transmission as standard. Buyers also could upgrade to a three-speed automatic transmission with a standard column-mounted gear selector, or could choose Edsel’s highly endorsed but trouble-prone Teletouch automatic. The Teletouch automatic placed its drive-selection buttons in the steering wheel hub which really wasn’t all that spectacular.As it turns out, this component became very problematic and was one of the reasons the car was so unsuccessful. While its roll-out was highly publicized in the fall of 1957, the 1958 Edsel was a marketing disaster for Ford. Total Pacer output in U.S. and Canada for the model stood at 20,988 units, of which 1,876 were convertibles, 7,141 four-door sedans, 6,717 hardtop coupes, and 5,754 four-door hardtops. Prices for the Pacer ranged from US$2,700 to $2,993. Despite being the best selling Edsel model, the Pacer was discontinued at the end of the 1958 model year. The premium Citation model was also dropped, as was the trouble prone Teletouch system. Get a car shipping quote for the Edsel Pacer right here on this page and go here for more information on the Edsel Pacer.<< Back to Vehicle Index