1958 Edsel Pacer

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The “purest” Edsels are the 1958 models. The new line was introduced on Sept. 4, 1957 and the ’58 models not only had their own styling but Ford gave them their own dedicated bodies so they share no sheetmetal with the ’58 Ford and Mercurys, unlike the 1959 models that were based on Ford bodies. I understand the visual appeal of side mount tires on prewar classics and rear mount cars with the “continental” look, as Virgil Exner designed into the rear deck lids of Chrysler show and production cars, but the continental kits of the 1950s, which extend the rear bumper a foot or more behind the car’s rear valence, just don’t make visual sense to me. However, this is, after all, a 3D site and this car has some many shapes that can only be appreciated in three dimensions, so maybe it’s better that this Edsel has that rear porch. Also, remember the reverse angle C pillar on the Edsel and other 1950s cars whenever someone brings up BMW’s “Hoffmeister kink”.

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