Lincoln Custom Limousine

The discontinuation of Lincoln’s big Model K for 1940 left a void in the luxury automaker’s catalog. Although the smaller Zephyr had been a big hit since its 1936 introduction, literally saving the company, and the Continental coupe and convertible lent prestige, there was no true luxury car in the lineup. A few Zephyrs were custom-bodied by Brunn as town cars, but the in-house flagship was destined to be a long-wheelbase Zephyr sold as the Custom.

Adding 13 inches to the wheelbase created enough room for an eight-passenger car. In place of the Zephyr sedan’s fastback, the Custom had a bustle trunk and interior space as large as the old Model K. Interior appointments included the industry’s first power front seat, power hydraulic window lifts and a folding center armrest in the rear. The Custom sedan was a three-window type with open passenger compartment. The Custom limousine was equipped with a division partition with power-operated window.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

120 bhp, 292 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring and torque tube, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 138"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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