Edsel Ford’s 1934 Model 40 Custom Speedster

Edsel Ford commissioned a number of special automobiles from Ford Motor Company for his personal use. Each one spoke to his design talents. Edsel collaborated with designer Bob Gregorie to create this 1934 Model 40 Speedster. The sleek profile, custom aluminum body and flathead V-8 engine anticipated the hot rods that soon appeared on southern California streets. -Source HenryFord.org

Edsel Ford was all about form. Henry Ford cared only for function. Henry, the practical, conservative inventor who believed his Model T was all the car anyone from farmhand to millionaire would ever need, clashed with his well-traveled, cultured, and artistic prodigal son from the moment he named 25-year-old Edsel company president on New Year’s Day, 1919. The collision of Henry’s practical conservatism with Edsel’s Gatsby-esque cultural “elitism” is an American story plot that resounds to this day. -Source Motor Trend

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By DEBBIE VRBICEK (Submitted by Reader)

Fri., May 6, 2016

Pre-1920 Ford Reader’s uncle Fred was a doubter — cars were a fad, he thought — but he had to have one.


Uncle Fred Roberts at the wheel of his Tin Lizzie. (Family photo)

Uncle Fred was an early adopter

The car: Pre-1920 Ford Model T (we think).

The owner: Fred Roberts, Listowel area, 1920s.

The story: Cars of a hundred years ago were analogous to today’s electronic devices. Everyone wanted to have the helpful gadgets. Their technology was evolving very quickly, and they were changing how people lived.

Vrbicek writes that the Model T belonged to her uncle Fred, and “was one of the first cars in my mom’s family (Doris Lenore Hugill neeKenmure).”

At the wheel of the Ford is Doris’s brother Fred Roberts who, though he thought cars would be a passing fad, was an eager early adopter.

“Mom remembers being in the car with him going down a hill. He kept yelling ‘Whoa, whoa . . . ,’ because he was used to driving horses, and didn’t know how to use the brakes!”

At a time when people discarded cars in the manner they replace their electronic devices today – frequently, eager to take up the latest advances – Debbie says the Ford soldiered on and drove far.

“Some of mom’s fondest memories are of packing this car up and heading up to Little Lake Park (Midland) for a week or so for a summer vacation,” Vrbicek writes.

“They stayed in large tents. In those days, it was quite a long journey, and she remembers that if there was a hill, they would have to get out so the car could make it up.”  Read More.