1934 Model 40 Special Speedster




Working the auto show circuit as a photographer makes for a fast paced, ulcer-inducing, sweaty sweaty mess. While humping my camera gear around the 2012 New York International Auto Show for Jalopnik.com I found a cool, refreshing, calming breeze in the form of Edsel Ford’s 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster. And Viper thought that it was the only car designed to look like a woman. CURVES! SLOTS! METAL! WHITEWALLS!

There is not much I can say about this car. It is one classy historic whip that has set the industrial design bar incredibly high. When will cars ever be this elegant, liberated, and downright majestic again? Um… never. Or at least not until we perfect the automotive forcefield so no human is ejected from their seat during an accident.

Hand me my goggles, I need to feel the wind in what’s left of my hair.

About Ian Merritt

Ian D. Merritt is a commercial, editorial, and automotive photographer and journalist living in Chicago.
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