Pic-A-Day (830) Albert Mach Fine Art
Edsel Ford's Custom-Built 1934 Luxus
This beauty was at the Amelia Island Concours a few years ago.
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This auto is owned by F. Christian & Kathleen Koch of Palm Coast, FL.
The 1934 Ford Luxus was owned and designed by Edsel Ford, Henry Ford’s son.
Edsel Ford was the son of American industrialist and Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford, and served as President of the Ford Motor Company from 1919 until his death in 1943. He and his wife Eleanor had a home in Seal Harbor on Mount Desert Island. Drama, intrigue, and secrecy all played a role in Edsel’s designing his unique two-window cabriolet.
You might think that one of the giants of industry would have an easy time creating a one-of-a-kind vehicle, but that wasn’t the case for Edsel. Henry Ford was respected and admired by his staff, however he ruled by fear and intimidation, and this carried over to his family life. Henry was often disappointed with Edsel, preoccupied as Edsel was with such “nonsense” as art, culture, and design. Henry once went so far as to destroy a car that Edsel designed, chopping it with an ax in front of a horrified group of employees. As a result, Edsel had to create his one-of-a-kind cabriolet in the strictest of secrecy.
Edsel was a frequent visitor to Europe and was enamored by the continental flair displayed by European coach builders, a distinct departure from the utilitarian approach taken by most American manufacturers. To design and build this car, Edsel worked with the coach builder in Cologne, Germany, incorporating continental upgrades such as a Seth Thomas electric clock, French electric windshield wipers, and a hood ornament handcrated and gifted by French jeweler Jacques Cartier.
This was seen at the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine.