Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Coupe
The Zephyr was the first moderately priced Lincoln model, introduced to keep the marque alive during the Great Depression. As a car “priced below its specifications”, the Zephyr offered aerodynamic styling, advanced engineering, and Lincoln’s considerable prestige in one attractive package. The tasteful style, penned by John Tjaarda and refined by E.T. “Bob” Gregorie, incorporated a long, horizontal hood, teardrop-shaped headlamps, and a delicate grille with fine horizontal bars. The car’s length and smoothness were accented by a gently tapered, flowing roofline, along with removable rear fender skirts.
The Zephyr pioneered unitized construction, and was the first Ford product to include an all-steel roof design. The Zephyr’s smooth-riding suspension incorporated front and rear transverse leaf springs, while a 267 cubic inch V12 engine, based on Ford’s existing V8 architecture, provided the power. In 1936, the Zephyr was available as a four-door fastback sedan and a two-door sedan coupe. The successful Zephyr line was expanded to include a three-passenger coupe and a limited-production Town Limousine in 1937, while convertible sedan and convertible coupe variants arrived in 1938.
Performance was very respectable. The Motor recorded a zero-to-sixty time of 14 seconds, a top speed of 90 miles per hour, and praised the Zephyr’s suspension and braking. A resounding success, nearly 15,000 Zephyrs were built in 1936, comprising over 90 percent of total Lincoln production. Largely unchanged for 1937, the Zephyr was extensively restyled for 1938, while 1939 models received even more updates and benefited from hydraulic brakes for the first time.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in June of 2012 at the Dingman Collection, Hampton, New Hampshire.
110bhp, 267 cu. in. side valve V12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, three-quarter floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"
Source: RM Auctions