Restored ragtop ’59 Edsel Corsair

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The chrome gleams on the Edsel's unique grille

I recently learned that my pal and auto-writing colleague Phil Skinner is a dedicated Edsel enthusiast. So I dedicate the Pick of the Day, a 1959 Edsel Corsair convertible, to him because he’d most likely flip over this one.

The Edsel is described by the Clinton Township, Michigan, dealer as having been fully restored and well-maintained ever since. Power is provided by a rebuilt 361cid V8 with 3-speed automatic transmission and a new Magna Flow dual-exhaust system. The car has five new Coker Classic wide-whitewall radial tires.

The fabric top looks to be in good condition

The canvas top is also new, the seller says in the ad on ClassicCars.com, with a newly rebuilt pump and cylinders so that it “goes up/down as new.”

“Paint is older but still very nice with a few minor scratches and blemishes,” the ad says. “Still shines and looks great. All stainless trim and chrome in very good condition. All original sheet metal in beautiful condition.”

The black-vinyl interior is in beautiful shape and everything works as it should, the dealer notes, except as usual, the clock. What’s up with those old car clocks?

The Corsair has a nice-looking dashboard and interior

The Edsel is ready to drive with a recent engine tuneup, carburetor rebuild, replaced seals (“No leaks of any kind”) and a new battery.

Ford took a gamble and lost when it produced the Edsel as a premium-level full-sized car, so that ever since the Edsel name has been unfairly branded as synonymous with failure. The timing wasn’t great since many American drivers were switching to more-economical compacts, and the styling was quite controversial at the time.

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The engine compartment looks very clean

But these are perfectly good cars, well-equipped with features and luxury trim, and the styling has matured into a more-distinctive quality. Just look at how great this white convertible appears in the photos.  

The Corsair is priced at $29,900, which is quite reasonable for what appears to be a very clean and drivable convertible that will stand out in a crowd. Plus, you could join Phil’s gang of Edsel fanatics.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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