Edsel Ford’s 1934 Model 40 Speedster Tribute for sale

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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You can’t by Edsel Ford’s futuristic speedster, but we’d be happy with this exacting tribute!

Henry Ford changed the course of the motorcar forever… but he famously wasn’t a ‘car guy’.

His son, Edsel however, had a penchant for sports cars, indulging his passion with the purchase of the very first MG imported into the United States; and commissioned the build of this gorgeous 1934 Ford Model 40 Speedster (appearing in Unique Cars issue #353, below). It’s a one-off and you can’t buy it, but you can buy an exacting replica we found on Hemmings’ classifieds.

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While his name was most notoriously attached to the commercial flop that was Ford’s Edsel division that lasted from 1958 to 1960, ultimately costing the company US$400 million – he is credited with significant contributions to the company’s design direction before his untimely passing at age 49 in 1943.

Back in 1932, following a trip to Europe, Edsel Ford had the company’s chief designer at the time, Bob Gregorie, design an aluminium boat-tailed speedster custom.

The car featured Ford’s new low-cost V8, but to Edsel’s eyes, it wasn’t low or sporty enough. Two years later, he enlisted Gregorie yet again to pen and build another striking alloy-bodied speedster atop a lowered 1934 Ford Model 40 chassis.

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The result was arguably his most beautiful creation; and for nearly 8 decades, Edsel’s Speedster intrigued enthusiasts for its much-publicised discovery, restoration and return at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours.

The car now lives as a permanent centrepiece within the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. So it’s not for sale.

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But available from a private seller in Florida; you can buy this exacting replica that’s every bit as beautiful.

The car is built off of a 1940 Model 40, and features a completely overhauled Mercury Flathead V8, three-speed Ford transmission, Ford front and rear axles, with all new bearings, seals, brakes, clutch, gauges, electric harness and tyres.

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The body was entirely handcrafted, with the chassis modified to mimic Edsel Ford’s design.

The original car last sold publically to a Texas collector in 2008, to the tune of AU$2.5 million; this exacting tribute will set you back a comparative bargain, of AU$172,000.

Check out the listing at Hemmings here.

 

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