The Model 40 Special Speedster was an American car based on European models that Edsel Ford, then-president of the Ford Motor Company and son of Henry Ford, had seen on his travels abroad.
Designed by Eugene T. Gregorie, the Model 40 Special Speedster had an alligator-style hood with louvered side panels, low-mounted headlights and unlike cars of the time, no running boards. The car was deemed too radical for depression ravaged America but that didn't stop Edsel Ford driving it as his own personal transport.
The 'Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas' exhibition is currently taking place in the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
The exhibition is a celebration of innovative automotive design that brings together 17 concept cars from Ferrari, Bugatti, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and other manufacturers from Europe and the United States.
The cars shown range in age from the early 1930s to the present day. These are a reflection of design trends born from the contemporary social and political developments of the time that pushed the designers' imagination. In addition to the cars on show, the exhibition features conceptual drawings and scale models to demonstrate the stages of the car design process.
Here we take a look at some of the most visionary designs at the Dream Cars exhibition. In many cases it's amazing how many of the ideas have carried over into production cars of today...