When Edsel Ford was President of Ford, he was enchanted by European sports cars. His trips to Europe, he called it “the continent,” triggered visions of Fords with continental styling. In 1934 designers created his first “long, low and rakish continental car” (as Edsel described it to his designer and confederate E.T “Bob” Gregorie) on a ’32 Ford chassis. Photos above: Ready for The Amelia, top, work-in-progress, above (Conceptcarz photo).
His boattail Speedster has Ford V-8 Flathead power and drivetrain wrapped in a sleek, all-aluminum body crafted by Ford’s Aircraft Division, above, when new. It was just what
Edsel Ford wanted: No running boards and a steeply raked split windshield that disguised its humble assembly line origins!
When Edsel’s Speedster was resurrected and restored more than seven decades later, new owners, Jim and Bonnie Gombos, spent five years returning it to Edsel’s original specifications. They even painted it Gunmetal Gray, Edsel’s favorite color.
The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013. For more information, please visit www.ameliaconcours.org
Check out Conceptcarz for the full story of this iconic Speedster, http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z17516/Ford-Special-Speedster.aspx
For more information about Edsel Ford, please visit http://www.edsel.com/pages/edslford.htm