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#1 Greg Myers

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:50 AM

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:52 AM

Above from Hemmings Motor News http://blog.hemmings...he-fords-of-58/

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:56 AM

That'll be the Continental Mark III Landau for me then, please and thank you.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:05 AM

Thats cool!

#5 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:08 AM

Nice bit of history there, not to mention lots of great cars.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:12 AM

I've had some people tell me that they think that the '58 Ford was an ugly car, compared to the '57. I happen to like its unique look and style. The Modelhaus made a '58 convertable with skirts, and up top and a full continental kit which I'm hoping to pick up from them at the NNL East next month.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:40 AM

1958 was A M T's first year as a kit maker unto itself . prior to this , AMT had tie-ins with some Revell kits . The revell kits were Multi - piece bodies with a smattering of some custom pieces in mostly 1-32 scale . a couple , El Dorado brougham was 1-25th . So was the Pontiac Club de Mer . Still, A M T introduced the world to a 3-in 1 styling kit . Engines in a few could be successfully used in other kits on the 1960 versions that had engines . All this for 1.39 !!!!!!!!!! Ed Shaver

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:01 PM

I've got that ad in my collection. It was one of my favorites.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:19 PM

Neat...I have an AMT '58 Ford 2dr ht promo in brown and gray....my older brother got it from the dealer when my Dad bought a new '58 Mercury. I was -12 at the time so don't remember that. :)

I've read that AMT did a kit of the '58 Ford, but I've never seen one.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:29 PM

What ! no Rancheros :o

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:09 PM

There's a restaurant and brewery in Pigeon Forge Tenn that has a poster that looks just like that on the wall, but it's all Ford station wagons. There's a Mustang station wagon on it. I think it's a 65 model. A friend of mine said he thought there were 2 prototypes made by ford. I looked it up ,but all I could find was that ford did think of it but never persued it. I read that some indvidual built one or two. That would make a nice build. Got me thinking now. Ken

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:32 PM

Ranchero would have been considered a commercial vehicle so it wouldn't have shown up on a folder for fine cars....now if they had done one for Ford Fine Trucks...

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:42 AM

I would love to see a new tool of the 58, as well as a new 59.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:48 AM

Lee, uh yer not alone sir ................. Ed Shaver

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:12 AM

Anybody notice the 2-door Edsel wagon?
Nothing like that was ever produced... :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:14 AM

Which is why I did this illustration a few years ago as a phantom Edsel.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:06 AM

I've always liked that ad! Lots to look at there!

Notice that Lincoln and Continental are shown as separate brands/marques just like Ford and Mercury. That didn't last for long. Starting in '59 things would get a lot more consolidated and simplified.

Jairus, Edsel actually did produce the two-door Roundup wagon as shown in the ad, though it was pretty darn rare. Unfortunately it wasn't available with the cool Bermuda-style pseudo-wood trim like in your terrific concept illustration.

When I was a kid we had a white '58 Ford Del-Rio Ranch Wagon (the fancy tudor) with a red interior and the 300hp 352. It was a very cool car even though I was a little disappointed that my Dad wouldn't get an Edsel.

Later I owned two '58 Fairlane 500s. A Town Sedan with the 300hp 352 and a Club Victoria with the smaller 4V 332. Great cars but seriously prone to rust!

I built AMT's hardtop kit in the same colors as the one I owned, though mine didn't have Cruiser skirts. However it did have the nice "hockey stick" stainless rocker moldings that conveniently covered up the rust!

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:42 AM

This is my very first post . I just couldn't resist showing you this picture . Is it real ?

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#19 Rob Hall

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:47 AM

This is my very first post . I just couldn't resist showing you this picture . Is it real ?

Looks real...the Roundup was a '58 only model.

http://en.wikipedia....i/Edsel_Roundup

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:24 AM

I have never understood why the big wings back then.

I'm not knocking it as a matter of fact i really like the old cars .

But did they have any purpose other than looks.


None whatsoever. Furthermore, the annual model changes accounted for about a third of the new car prices, i.e. the customers paid a 33% premium just for the fins being a slightly different shape as last year's.

Man, why was everything better and nicer in them good old days?

Edited by Junkman, 17 March 2012 - 06:25 AM.