Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Sedan
The Lincoln Motor Company made a dramatic announcement on November 2, 1935. A new model, called Lincoln-Zephyr, was unveiled to sell at $1,275 to $1,320, less than a third the price of the least expensive Model K Lincoln. For Lincoln, which had sold barely 1,400 cars for 1935, the Zephyr was a fresh breeze in the Depression-weary automobile doldrums.
A particularly sleek and handsome three-window coupe debuted for 1937, and the following year, when designer E.T. “Bob” Gregorie gave the car a new nose, a convertible coupe and a four-door convertible sedan joined the line. The latter was unusual in that it retained the four-door’s smooth tail contour, whereas most convertible sedans had a bustle at the rear. For 1939, along with the Ford and new Mercury cars, the Zephyr got hydraulic brakes, but unlike its siblings’ binders, the Zephyr's brakes had servo-assist.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in June of 2012 at the Dingman Collection, Hampton, New Hampshire.
110 bhp, 267.3 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"
Source: RM Auctions
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