Ford Unveils 1934 Model 40 Roadster at Pebble Beach

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Ford has brought something very special to this year's Pebble Beach: a 1934 Roadster that once belonged to Edsel Ford.

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is always the place to display some of the most rare and beautiful cars that have ever been made. In addition to it being a showcase for private owners, automakers also jump at the chance to show off a concept, unveil something new, or to remember something old. After being lost for 41 years, Ford has unveiled a 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster that was originally built for Edsel Ford.

Designed by E.T. Gregorie, it features iconic styling that still looks magnificent today. It's powered by a 100hp 4.0-liter V8 that was installed back in 1940. The car later toured the U.S. and was eventually sold for $603 in 1958. Then it disappeared until 1999 when it made an appearance at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance that year. About ten years later, it was sold to a private collector in Texas for $1.76 million. Not long after the sale, the buyer died and the car was returned to the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House who had it restored to its current condition by RM Auto Restoration.

Edsel Ford II said that his "grandfather was an early believer that everyday objects - including automobiles - could be seen as works of art...his eye for styling and influence was apparent as he initiated and built the design department at Ford Motor Company." This is an absolutely stunning piece of automotive history and we just hope that it doesn't disappear again for another four decades.

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