A Valuable Lemon. The 1958 Edsel became a synonym for failure for many reasons. It was overhyped, overpriced, and strange looking to many. In particular, its unique grill was perceived variously as a horse collar, toilet seat, and even a vaginal symbol. I prefer the latter interpretation and find it a fairly good looking car for its era. Restored beauties like this one in southern Ontario often fetch over $40,000!