The Lincoln Zephyr was designed by Lincoln's lead designer John Tjaarda. The streamlined body was lightweight and elegant. It had a unibody construction and a 292 cubic-inch 12-cylinder engine that produced 120 horsepower. The four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes provided adequate stopping. In 1941 the 2-door convertible coupe with seating for six sold for $1800 with a total of 725 examples being produced. The black 1941 Lincoln Zephyr V-12 Convertible Club Coupe shown with a black exterior and burgundy leather interior was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction where it was expected to fetch between $65,000-$75,000. It has a tan Haartz cloth top and a Haartz cloth black boot cover. There are fender skirts and a rear-mounted spare. At the conclusion of the auction the vehicle was left unsold. By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006
By 1941, the 'big Lincoln' was gone and three cars were available - the Lincoln-Zephyr, the Lincoln Continental or the Lincoln Custom. All were built on the Lincoln-Zephyr chassis and all were powered by the Lincoln-Zephyr V-12 motor. [Read More...]
The Lincoln Zephyr was introduced in 1936 and given its name and styling after the streamlined Burlington Zephyr express train (which in turn was named after Zephyrus, the god of the West Wind in Greek mythology). The styling was courtesy of Dutch-bo [Read More...]
Convertible Club Coupe
One of the tacit obligations of any collector or restorer is preservation - keeping automotive treasures of bygone eras in showroom-new condition, not only for their own enjoyment but for future generations as well. [Read More...]
Sold for $214,500 at 2016 Gooding & Company. This Lincoln Zephyr was delivered on February 5th of 1941 and came complete with gold-plated hardware, painted wood-grained instrument panel, and shadow-striped broadcloth wool upholstery. By 1951, it was acquired by Harold Girton. By 1976, it sat in [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | May 2016
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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