Many people agree that the Carrera Pan Americana race was one of the most grueling road race ever conceived. The race was open to stock production vehicles. A few marque's took advantage of this difficult course to prove their vehicles stamina and toughness. Finishing the race was a major accomplishment but to win was an accomplishment to the highest degree. The Ford Motor Company entered several of their cars into the competition and proved they were the most capable in the pack, by winning first, second, and third place.
The stock Capri two-door hardtops were sent directly to Bill Stroppe in Long Beach where they were modified to meet the demands of the Carrera Pan Americana. The cars were powered by an overhead valve V8 engine featuring a Y-block design.
This 1954 Lincoln Capri Pan Americana Road Racer was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held at Meadow Brook. It is powered by a 317 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine that is capable of producing over 200 horsepower. There is a GM Hydramatic automatic gearbox and hydraulic drum brakes. This car is a replica built to the highest of standards and nearly identical to the originals. It is finished in two-tone with exterior rock guards protecting the headlights. On all four corners are reinforced steel wheels. In the rear luggage compartment is a special aluminum fuel cell with an exterior 'quick-fill' cap.
At auction this car was offered without reserve and estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000. Bidding was lower than expected, and the buyer got a bargain, buying the car for $27,500 including buyer's premium.
In 2008, this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $30,000-$35,000. It was offered without reserve. The lot was sold for $12,100 including buyer's premium.Also photographed at :