Posted Jan 12th 2012 1:31PM
Sometimes at a major auto show, the best and brightest cars are the ones that are hidden away so that only the truly nosy car fanatics will find them. Tucked away up above the Lincoln booth in Detroit is just one of those cars.
Edsel Ford's personal pride and joy, a totally custom 1934 Model 40 has been recently restored and it adds a touch of timeless style to the Lincoln display.
Reportedly, Ford returned from Europe and tasked Ford's chief designer, Bob Gregorie to create a version of the low slung sportsters he saw across the pond. Based on a heavily modified '34 Ford Model 40 frame, the radical design was lower and sleeker than anything to ever come out of Ford's design studios.
Originally powered by a 75 hp flat head V8, it was upgraded to a 100 hp Mercury flattie when the engine froze and cracked during the Winter of 1939-40.
The car vanished for many years before being returned to the care of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House recently. Once under the museum's roof, the Speedster went through a year long restoration and was unveiled to the public at the 2011 Pebble Beach.
We've got a gallery of the drop dead gorgeous Speedster after the break, along with a video from Jay Leno at the Pebble reveal.