Edsel's Speedster

Edsel's Speedster

Tucked away at the back of the 18th fairway at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was a car whose understated appearance belied its significance. The gunmetal-grey speedster would have looked more at home on the salt flats than the manicured lawns of an exclusive golf club, and in a sense it does have the ultimate blue-collar credentials of being a Ford. But it's a very special Ford, handbuilt in 1934 for company president Edsel Ford, and only recently restored to its pre-war condition. For many Pebble Beach visitors, it was the car of the show.

Behind the subtle hot rod looks is a fascinating back story that has its origins in the ongoing power struggle between company founder Henry Ford and his son Edsel. Henry had appointed Edsel as company president at the end of 1918, but there was no doubt about who ultimately controlled Ford


Published Dec 7th, 2015
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