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Old 08-20-2011, 01:08 AM   #1
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Lincoln debuted this restored 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster today at The Lodge, Pebble Beach in Monterey County, Calif. This custom roadster, based on a 1934 Ford, was Edsel Fordís one-off vehicle that he personally commissisioned Fordís chief designer E.T. Gregoire to style and build. After its showing this weekend, it will be returned to The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:09 AM   #2
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:35 AM   #3
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Love that speedster!

I'm in two minds about the resto. It was a great survivor & yet the resto respects its significance. It's really great to see this speedster how it would of appeared when Edsel had it built in '34. The green is understated and a definite improvement over the look at me red!
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:45 AM   #4
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Edsel was a creative force in his own way. Too bad Henry was afraid to give up some control & give Edsel the leeway he needed to run the company.

Instead, he gave him criticism, ulcers & an early grave.


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Old 08-20-2011, 01:51 AM   #5
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My buddy restored that car this year. I was fortunate enough to assist him with the disassembly last year when I worked as a summer intern at RM. Had the opportunity to take a look at it last week before it shipped to Pebble. What a cool car!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:35 AM   #6
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That green is so perfect!!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:48 AM   #7
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Looks really great all restored and with new paint....

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Here is some more info on the car
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Old 08-20-2011, 04:57 AM   #8
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so cool , would love to see it in person..........


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Old 08-20-2011, 07:23 PM   #9
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went looking on the net, found some more images

































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Old 08-20-2011, 07:43 PM   #10
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Very classy yet with some English roadster flair. Seems to resemble Jag 120 or maybe the Jag resembles the Ford?

I enjoyed the Edsel Ford House write up on it. It mentioned a welded aluminum frame but the one in the photos looks like its production steel for the day.


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Old 08-20-2011, 07:55 PM   #11
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Wow, a very sharp looking piece of machinery. Great to see it brought back to life for us to enjoy . I agree with the green as suitable color choice. It does look great !
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:07 PM   #12
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Thank you for all the photos! It looks great restored, I really like the color combination. I think my fellow HAMB members know that they have an eye for good looking car design, and appreciate automotive history, not the same can be said for the Ford Barn A types.
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Everything about that car is beautiful.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:55 AM   #14
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Beautiful car!!!
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Wow !
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:17 PM   #16
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Just stunning, so understated, that rear view is perfection, would love to just sit and look at that car all day.
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:36 PM   #17
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Thats cool! Maybe i missed it, but when/why was the front end styling changed?
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:37 PM   #18
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You know, I've heard of the car, but never seen it. It's incredible. That understated shade of green is perfect.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:39 PM   #19
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Default Re: Edsel Fordís Custom 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster

Great post, thanx for the pix. One question, was this car red in it's former incarnation? I seem to recall seeing it, or a very similar car, called by the same name but not in this livery. Gary
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:15 PM   #20
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Got to see this one in person!!
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