1934 Ford Special Speedster
Edsel Ford was the president of the Ford Motor Company from 1919 to 1943. When he returned from a tour of Europe in 1932, Edsel Ford turned to Ford’s chief stylist, E.T. Gregorie, to create a sports car like what he had seen in Europe.
Built on a Ford ’34 Model 40 frame, the Special Speedster is a work of art. The body was aluminum over a tubular aluminum frame, crafted by Ford’s Aircraft Division.
An extreme rear cockpit, looked out over an elongated hood. All four wheels are at the car’s corners.
The cockpit featured Lincoln period instruments, leather seats, simple windscreens, and no doors or top. The instruments were replaced by Stewart-Warner gauges in 1940.
Originally powered by a stock Model 40, 75 HP Flathead V8, the engine was replaced in 1939 after a winter freeze cracked the block! Tsk, tsk… The Speedster is now powered by a 100 HP, Mercury 239 Flathead V8.
The Special Speedster can be seen at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.
Photos credit: FoMoCo
1948 Ford F6
Here’s a ’48 two ton Ford that is said to have seen a lot of action during the pipeline days. I assume that it had some glass back then, before the vandals went to work on it. No word on whether the old Flathead runs, but the truck is a bit rough.
From the mailbag:
Mercury produced a line of pickups between 1946 and 1968. They were almost solely available in Canada. Many areas in Canada had a Ford/Monarch dealer or a Lincoln/Mercury/Meteor dealer, but few areas had both. In order for those Lincoln/Mercury dealers to sell trucks, Ford pickups carried the Mercury badge. Instead of the “F” designation, the Mercury line had an “M” designation. For the most part, the differences were cosmetic. If anything, the Mercury line was a bit more upscale, with a different grille or bumpers, often chromed compared to the plain Fords.
A 1957 Mercury Meteor Ranchero
The Automotive Trade Agreement signed between the United States and Canada in 1965 would bring about the end of the Mercury line of pickups. With the automotive manufacturers now being able to freely bring models across the border, the need for the separate line of Mercury M-Series ended, and the trucks were phased out by 1968.
Old Ford trucks have been just coming out of the woods(work) lately here in the Interior of Alaska.
They seem to be everywhere as of late.