EDSELS IN PRODUCTION
Spotlight on rare Edsel assembly photos.
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A 1958 Edsel Citation 2-door hardtop gets the door panels snapped in by one
worker, while another takes care of the installation of interior components. This
photo was taken at the Somerville, Massachusetts Ford Assembly Plant in late 1957.
Another tri-color Citation body is lowered onto the chassis, with whitewall
tires and the standard E-475 engine and Teletouch transmission visible.
The photo reveals part of the assembly sequence. The body shell
is complete from the firewall back, including doors, trim, trunk and
taillight assemblies. The bumper is already mounted to the frame.
The fuel tank is attached to the body. And holes for the rocker panel
moldings are already drilled, in anticipation of the next steps in the
Photo courtesy of Peter D. LaChapelle.
Here's a different angle of the same production line.
Edsels passing through a final inspection point.
More than 2/3 of all Edsels were assembled at the Louisville plant, which is still
in operation by Ford Motor Company today. For the 1958 model year, the plant assembled
some 33,000 small-series Edsels like the Rangers seen here.
November 19, 1959: End of the line.
Next in line behind this 1960 Villager is a 1960 Ford Galaxie,
demonstrating one of the problems with the consistancy of Edsel
quality. Edsels and Fords were built on the same lines all three model
years, and many times the differences would confuse and frustrate
assembly workers. In some cases, Ford parts were applied to
Edsels, either through mistake or part availability.
This Villager was the last Edsel ever assembled. Like all 1960 Edsels,
it was produced in Louisville.
Photo courtesy of C Gayle Warnock's "The Edsel Affair"