Pair of Edsel Ford’s Personal Cars Debut at Amelia Island Auction

The 13th Amelia Island Concours is scheduled to take place March 7-9 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island in sunny Florida. This year’s event will play host to 250 rare cars from private collections and museums.

    However, some of the most exciting action may happen just 24-hours before the jaw-dropping show cars roll onto the last two holes of the Ritz’s golf course.

    RM Auctions will host its gavel-thumping vintage motor car extravaganza on Saturday, March 8.

    Among the line-up of more than 100 cars that will be crossing their auction block are two one-of-a-kind Fords commissioned by none other than automotive design-guru Edsel Ford himself.

    Auction goers with deep pockets will be given the opportunity to battle it out over ownership of the 1934 Model 40 Ford Special Speedster, and the heart-front 1934 Brewster Ford Town Car.

    The Speedster is no stranger to the Concours having been there on two previous occasions. However, after more than 40 years in storage, this will be the first time its 120 bhp, 239 cu, in. Mercury flathead V8 engine, fitted with twin Stromberg carburetors has powered the car across an auction block.

1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster

    Wanting a car with a “Continental look,” Edsel worked with designer Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie to create the car which he used as his personal car until his death. 

    Despite the fact that the car sold for a mere $1,000 following Edsel’s death in 1943, and for $603 on a Florida used car lot just 15 years later, the car is expected to bring slightly more this time around.

    If you prefer a car with a top and a little more sophistication, then you may want to keep a close eye on the 1934 Brewster Ford Town Car that will also be crossing the auction block at the RM Auction.

1934 Brewster Ford Town Car

    This elegant automobile represents a collaborative effort between Ford Motor Co. and Brewster & Co., a highly sought-after coachbuilder of the 1930s.

    This car came into production after Ford approached Brewster to produce a series of limited production motor cars combining a Ford chassis with a Brewster body.

    Ford was so enchanted with the resulting creation that he arranged for one of the cars to be personalized for his own collection.

    This car differed from the rest of the line in color and the use of a ’34 Ford front end.

    Ford owned the car until 1941. It then spent nearly 55 years in storage before being purchased by its current owner in 2005.

    If you aren’t a fan of blue-oval cars, then don’t worry, the sale will also include a 1929 Franklin 137 Dual Cowl Sport Touring, a 1933 Packard Eight Phaeton, a 1933 Packard Super Eight Convertible Victoria, a 1911 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Seven-Passenger Touring, and a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe Murphy.

    For more information, or to view photos of the cars to be sold at auction, visit


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