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In 1922, Henry and Wilford Leland's Lincoln Motor Company was purchased by the Ford Motor Company. The LeLands had gone into business in 1917 building Liberty airplane engines. When the war ended they eventually switched to luxury automobile production but financial calamity forced the sale to Ford.

Edsel Ford took the helm with an eye towards upgrading Lincoln styling. To that end he enlisted the finest American coachbuilders to produce stylish new bodies for the company. Edsel had always been influenced by European automobile styling. He began working with the designer E.T. Gregorie, Jr. to bring his ideas into fruition.

Lincoln introduced the Zephyr line as a 1936 model, featuring an extremely modern, aerodynamic design with a low, raked windshield and integrated fenders. It was positioned to bridge the gap between the Ford and the exclusive Lincoln K series. It successfully reignited Lincoln sales accounting for 80% of vehicles sold in its first year.

The greatest restoration challenge for this particular car was to implement hand controls without changing the car from rear to front wheel drive or from manual to automatic transmission. Body changes were extensive, but the exterior still appears as original.
Convertible Sedan
Sold for $85,100 at 2013 Bonhams.
The Lincoln Zephyr was introduced in 1936 and it was an immediate sensation. It was priced to accommodate the moderately affluent buyer. Successful purchasers received a streamlined, all-steel vehicle with a futuristic interior and powered by a V-12 engine. The L-head engine sat at a 75-degree angle and offered 110 horsepower.

The Lincoln Zephyr was offered only in closed models for 1936 and 1937. For 1938, two new open styles were added to the line - a Convertible Coupe and the Convertible Sedan. The Convertible Sedan was the most expensive 1938 Zephyr and just 461 examples were built. Wind deflectors were added to the front doors and the center upper door pillars were designed to fold away for top-down driving. e convertible top was lined inside, in the style of a European cabriolet.

The inside featured a full tan leather interior and center-stack gauge and control cluster.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale at Bonhams Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $85,100 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013
Convertible Coupe
The Lincoln Motor Company made a dramatic announcement on November 2nd of 1935, unveiling the new Lincoln-Zephyr, to sell from $1,275 to $1,320. For Lincoln, which had sold barely 1,400 cars in the Depression-weary doldrums of 1935, the Zephyr was like a fresh breeze. The Lincoln-Zephyr was offered only as a closed model for 1936 and 1937, but for 1938 two new open styles were added to the line - a Convertible Coupe and a Convertible Sedan.

This 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr three-window convertible coupe is one of the most attractive cars of its era, with its dramatically streamlined all-steel body, futuristic interior and V12 engine.
Coupe Sedan
The first Lincoln-Zephyr was based on a design by John Tjaarda who, as Joop Tjaarda van Starkenburg in his native Holland, had penned this concept study in the 1920s. After emigrating to the United States in 1923, Tjaarda went to work at Ford. His early drawings caught the eye of Edsel Ford who commissioned a full size car to be built. Smooth and streamlined, the resulting Briggs-built Zephyr concept, with low front and rear-mounted engine, was shown for the first time at the 1934 Century of Progress exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. A year later a new Lincoln-Zephyr was launched, now with a front-mounted V12. After being restored, this rare and handsome three-window coupe was named Best of Show at the 2007 Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club Nationals. It was part of the famous Dingman Collection before it was acquired by the Academy of Art University.
In 1936 Lincoln introduced the Zephyr, named and styled after the streamlined Burlington Zephyr express train. The train was an aerodynamic diesel powered streamliner that brought an end to the steam-engined trains and set many new speed-records. The Zephyr stayed in production until 1942 when it was discontinued to make way for the new Mercury line which was in a similar market segment. Since the Mercury's were derived from a Ford running gear and chassis they were cheaper to produce, Lincoln decided to cancel the Zephyr after only six years of production.
The styling was courteous of the Dutch-Born designer John Tjaarda of the Briggs Body Corporation, however, prior to production Ford's stylist Bob Gregorie restyled the front end. Under the hood was a Ford-derived V-12 that produced 110 horsepower, not enough to do justice to the Zephyr name and what it represented, but a modest amount to carry the vehicle where it was tasked to travel.

In 1936 around 15000 Zephyrs were constructed, nearly 80% of all Lincolns sold. Nearly 1500 were given coupe/sedan body-styles which were a two-door sedan configuration built on a chassis that could have accommodated four-doors.

In the year 2005, Lincoln reintroduced the Zephyr. To help create excitement at auto shows, Lincoln purchased a 1936 Zerphyr serial number H-5739, to tour with the modern Lincoln Zephyr.

Due to the onset of World War II, Lincoln switched to war-related production. Production resumed in 1946 and continued until 1948.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2006
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