10k: Rolling Dome: 1958 Edsel Citation 4-Door

The Citation was a 1958 model year only flop that was the first salvo in the total failure of branding known as Edsel.  It was a shame that Edsel become the punchline to many jokes because the rolling dome speedo and teletouch steering wheel mounted transmission selector are some of the coolest features you’ll ever find in a 50s automobile.  Find this 1958 Edsel Citation 4-door offered for $8,000 in Denver, CO via craigslist.  Tip from iNteloper

The first thing that jumps out at you like a Half-Life headcrab is that grill.  It makes a pouty Oldsmobile-sucking-on-a-lemon face that would shame Kristen Stewart, but otherwise looks a bit like a Checker cab, not that it’s a bad thing.

On the inside is where you get the doodads that probably gave Robert McNamara nightmares, including the steering center located transmission controls (imagine for a minute that you saw a inadvertently weaving into your lane and you instinctively mash the horn and switch into reverse…) and that crazy upside down dog dish speedometer.  Let’s take a closer look. 

The funky round speedo is able to indicate an optimistic 120 mph, and it looks so thoroughly different from anything else on the market. Good luck finding a new bezel to fix the cracked plastic on this one.

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