Learn about Edsel Ford's impact on automotive design and see five cars from the Fords’ collection

Embark on a captivating journey through automotive history with Driven by Design+, Ford House’s immersive exhibition showcasing five iconic vehicles that shaped an era. Unveil the evolution of design, engineering prowess, and innovation behind these historical automobiles, each a testament to automotive excellence. The exhibition tells the story of Edsel Ford’s unique contributions that elevated the Ford Motor Company brand and positioned the automaker as a fierce competitor in its industry. Gain a deeper understanding of Edsel Ford’s passion for luxurious design and explore the impact of the partnership between Edsel and E.T. “Bob” Gregorie – Ford’s then-chief designer.

Get an up-close look at these mint-condition vehicles, and learn about the creative process behind designing cars, including the colors, fabrics, and textures.

Experience the allure of these vehicles that have left an indelible mark on the automotive world, inviting you to explore their legacy.

The Driven by Design+ exhibit is located inside the Garage at the Gate Lodge and features five rare vehicles:

  • World’s only 1939 Lincoln Continental prototype,
  • 1932 Ford Model 18 Speedster,
  • 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster,
  • 1934 Brewster Town Car, and
  • Eleanor Ford’s customer 1952 Lincoln Town Car Limousine.

The exhibit is free for all visitors.

Special Thanks

Ford House is grateful for the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund and helping us fulfill our educational mission and making Ford House more accessible to our community.

About Ford House

Ford House is a 501c3 nonprofit and National Historic Landmark. Experience the historic family home of Edsel Ford, the only son of Henry Ford, and his wife, Eleanor. Visitors from all over the world come to wander, wonder, and explore the beauty of this 1928 National Historic Landmark and uncover a unique piece of the American automotive story in metro Detroit. Learn more below.