The Leland brothers went into business in 1917, building Liberty airplane engines. When the war ended, they switched to the production of luxury automobiles. This move started a financial landslide that ended with the 1922 sale of the company to Henry Ford.
Eventually, Edsel Ford took control and upgraded Lincoln's trademark conservative styling. Edsel enlisted America's finest coachbuilders as well as Ford's own genius, E.T. (Bob) Gregorie. After completing two prototypes, the company set up a special assembly area where stock Lincoln Zephyrs were lengthened, lowered and re-bodied into one of the timeless designs in automotive history. Frank Lloyd Wright bought one, because it just looked good, when photographed in front of the homes he designed.
The 1941 model was the first year for pushbutton door releases, turn signals and a Borg Warner overdrive transmission. It was powered by a 292 cubic-inch, 120 horsepower, 12-cylinder engine, weighed 5,800 pounds and cost $4000. This car is body 9 of 400 Cabriolets built in 1941.
This car made its post-restoration debut at the 2012 Amelia Island concours d'Elegance. It is number 9 of the 400 produced in 1941. Among the 'new for '41' features are turn signals and a Borg Warner overdrive.Also photographed at :