While at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, San Francisco Industrialist, Sterling Edwards found himself face to face with a Cisitalia sports car. From then on, Edwards became obsessed with the “fine roadability and sheer beauty of European sports cars.” Not content with simply purchasing one of the many European sports cars available, Edwards was of the opinion that a suitable competitor could be built in California and could be individually tailored to his needs and tastes. Edwards set out to build a limited run of “production cars.”
Initially based on a Henry J chassis, the Edwards America was powered by a variety of large American V-8 engines. The styling of the fiberglass body was Italian in theme. The interior was finished in leather, deluxe Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels were fitted and the car was aimed at an upscale clientele.
Edwards Engineering’s modest facility could hardly cope with the construction methods and logistics of building a production luxury car and expenses skyrocketed. The cost of construction was not covered and production ceased.
Engine: 324 CID OHV Oldsmobile V8
Horsepower :185 @ 3,800 RPM
Transmission: 3-Speed Hydra-matic
Weight: 3300 lbs.
Original Cost: $ 8,000
Production: 5 Total Built
Rarity: Serial #1 of 2 Convertibles built
The Original Prototype
Interior: Tan Leather
Awards: Colorado Grand Veteran
2007 Amelia Island Award Winner