Here is a car you never see anywhere in the US anymore, this is a 1958 Ford Fairlane 500. This was during the Big Three radical redesigns in the later half of the 1950′s following Chrysler’s “New Look”. While Chevrolet had the 1958 giant tanks and got the looks right for ‘59, Ford never really did. The ‘58 Ford lines looked odd, like a DeSoto made to look not like a DeSoto and was a pretty meh year for Ford.
What makes this car rare is how much rust these cars got, as you can see the hole right above the bumper. The ‘58 rusted horrifically, worse than the ‘58 Plymouths and make even beat up examples like this very rare.
The public snubbed the snub-nosed Ford Edsel back in its day; little did they know it could handle 1,000 miles of Baja’s brutal backroads. “The Beast,” a ’58 Ford Edsel, first competed in the ’72 Mexican 1000. Ray Swift rebuilt the Edsel after it was T-boned by a train, and Thomas Swift rolled under the checkered flag in San Jose del Cabo to claim a second-in-class podium finish.
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