Lincoln Zephyr Continental Cabriolet
In 1938, Edsel Ford expressed his interest in a “special convertible coupe that was long, low and rakish”, incorporating European design elements. Based on the Lincoln-Zephyr, Bob Gregorie quickly sketched the outline of the new car’s two-door, four-seat body. Its distinctive design featured a lowered hood line and cowl, with extended front fenders. To the rear, extended skirted fenders matched the bustle-style trunk, and the folding top featured Victoria-style blind quarters.
Edsel’s approval was enthusiastic and swift, and work began to complete the car in time for his winter vacation in Florida. It soon became clear that there was insufficient room for a trunk-mounted spare tire, leading to the car’s signature feature, the “Continental” spare tire kit. The prototype was completed in less than six months, and was the hit of the season when it appeared in Florida. Initially called the Lincoln-Zephyr Continental, the car entered production as a 1940 model. Only 404 examples were built that year – 350 cabriolets and 54 coupes – and each car was mostly hand built.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
120bhp, 292 cu. in. V12 engine with two-barrel downdraft carburetor, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive and Columbia two-speed rear axle, solid front axle and ¾-floating rear axle with transverse leaf springs, and four-wheel internal-expanding hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 125"
Source: RM Auctions
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