Edsel Ford's Speedster Stars at 'The Amelia'
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By: Ford

Edsel Ford's Speedster Stars at 'The Amelia'  Edsel Ford's 'continental car', a custom boattail speedster, will take its rightful place in the Sports Car Class of the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. In the shape of Edsel's seminal speedster is the genesis of Ford's legendary design department.

Edsel Ford was hardly 'a chip off the old block'. The acorn fell well away from the mighty oak that was Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Edsel was not just the President of Ford, he was a car guy to his core. His tastes and passions still resonate in the lines of Ford's contemporary cars.

Edsel was enchanted by European sports cars. His trips to Europe, he called it 'the continent', triggered visions of Fords with 'continental' styling. In 1934 what would become Ford's in-house design department 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.

His boattail speedster had Ford V-8 power and running gear wrapped in a sleek, all-aluminum boattail body made by Ford's aircraft division. It was just what Edsel Ford wanted and had described. No running boards and a steeply raked split windshield that disguised Edsel's continental car's humble assembly line origins.

Edsel Ford's Speedster Stars at 'The Amelia'  

The Continental name stuck. Within the decade, the radical new Lincoln Continental was a stylish world class luxury contender. When the 1939 Lincoln Continental debuted, the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright called it 'the most beautiful car in the world'. All because Edsel Ford wanted a sports car when he came home from Europe.

About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, 'The Amelia' draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show's Foundation has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida's First Coast. The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.

When Edsel's boattail speedster was resurrected and restored more than seven decades later, the 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.

Photo credit: Ford
posted on conceptcarz.com

   Recent Articles
Under Pressure: Submissions Due For FCA US 2017 'Drive For Design' Contest

- High school students face plenty of deadlines – term papers, school applications, prom tickets are just a few of them. Here is one for young aspiring automotive designers: Just one week remains to......
First 'Granny Hair', And Now The Car! Grey Becomes Most Popular Colour Choice For New Ford Customers

– Grey is becoming the favourite shade of the nation- from Granny hair to the car- as it becomes the most popular choice for Ford customers. Celebrities including Rihanna and Cara Delevingne are......
All-New 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Named To Wardsauto 10 Best Interiors List For 2017

- After spending two months evaluating 31 vehicle nominees and scoring each based on materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish and aesthetics, the editors at WardsAuto......
Ford F-Series Trucks To Tow 'Henry' And 'Clara' On Petite Retreats' Tiny House Cross-Country Road Trip

– Ford F-Series trucks are the vehicles of choice to tow the latest tiny houses to join the Petite Retreats unique accommodations. Called Henry and Clara – in honor of the founder of Ford Motor......
Jaguar Unveils 2018 F-Type Line-Up With All-New Four-Cylinder Engine Option

- Already recognized as the most dynamically capable and performance-oriented Jaguar, the F-TYPE sports car continues to evolve for 2018, with a fresh look, new powertrain options and the addition of......
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Pulls The Wheels

Fastest quarter-mile car in the world; banned by the NHRA 840 horsepower and 770 pounds-feet of torque from supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Demon V-8 engine makes Dodge Challenger SRT Demon the m......
All-New 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Wins 'Super Sedan' In Popular Mechanics' Automotive Excellence Awards

- The all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio won Popular Mechanics Super Sedan award in the magazines annual Automotive Excellence Awards. This car, we are happy to say, sets the new standard......
The First Sneak Peek From the Field of the 2017 Pinehurst Concours

-- Ray Evernhams freshly restored Brawner Hawk, a significant piece of racing history, that Mario Andretti drove to the 1965 USAC National Championship and Rookie of the Year honors will be staged......
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  
2017 Acura NSX
2017 Acura NSX  2017 Acura NSX  2017 Acura NSX  2017 Acura NSX  2017 Acura NSX  
2017 Alfa Romeo 4C
2017 Alfa Romeo 4C  2017 Alfa Romeo 4C  2017 Alfa Romeo 4C  2017 Alfa Romeo 4C  2017 Alfa Romeo 4C  
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  
2017 BMW 5-Series
2017 BMW 5-Series  2017 BMW 5-Series  2017 BMW 5-Series  2017 BMW 5-Series  2017 BMW 5-Series  
2017 BMW M760Li xDrive
2017 BMW M760Li xDrive  2017 BMW M760Li xDrive  2017 BMW M760Li xDrive  2017 BMW M760Li xDrive  2017 BMW M760Li xDrive  
2017 Dodge Viper
2017 Dodge Viper  2017 Dodge Viper  2017 Dodge Viper  2017 Dodge Viper  2017 Dodge Viper  
2017 Ford GT
2017 Ford GT  2017 Ford GT  2017 Ford GT  2017 Ford GT  2017 Ford GT  
2017 Ford Transit
2017 Ford Transit  2017 Ford Transit  2017 Ford Transit  2017 Ford Transit  2017 Ford Transit  
2017 Hyundai Genesis G80
2017 Hyundai Genesis G80  2017 Hyundai Genesis G80  2017 Hyundai Genesis G80  2017 Hyundai Genesis G80  2017 Hyundai Genesis G80