1954 Lincoln Capri

The Lincoln Capri was built from 1952 to 1959 and its name was derived from an Italian island in the Gulf of Naples. It was the company's top-of-the-line model at the time of its introduction and straddle the line between luxury and performance. Power was initially from an overhead valve V8 engine displacing 317.4 cubic-inches and delivering 160 horsepower at 3,900 RPM. Body styles included a hardtop coupe, sedan, and a convertible. The only other model in the Lincoln lineup in 1952 was the Cosmopolitan, wearing a new design that was lean and modern with an integrated grille and bumper, a wraparound windshield, and large vertical taillights.

The Cosmopolitan and Capri would continue to form the entirety of Lincolns lineup through 1954. The A Holley four-barrel carburetor replaced the previous two-barrel unit in 1953, bring horsepower to 205 hp. 1953 was the second year in a row that Lincolns placed in the top four sports at the Pan American Road Race. They would take first and second place at the 1954 Pan American Road Race.

The 1954 Lincoln Capri body styles remained the hardtop coupe, sedan, and convertible, with 14,003 of the hardtop and 13,598 of the sedan produced. 1,951 examples of the convertible were built.

Both the 1954 Cosmopolitan and the Capri were very similar, with the most distinguishable feature being the nameplate. If it was a convertible, then it was the Capri, as a convertible was not part of the Cosmopolitan lineup. Another difference between the two was the chrome rocker panels and roof trim of the Capri being different than the Cosmopolitan.

The Lincoln Capri was replaced by the 1961 Lincoln Continental.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2020

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The Lincoln Capri was powered by an eight-cylinder 430 cubic-inch engine which was matted to a three-speed automatic gearbox. The Life Magazine hailed the Capri as the safest vehicle produced in 1955. The Lincoln Capri was entered in the grueling Mexican Road Races and was able to sweep the top five places in the International Standard Class. The following year, they captured the first four....
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Replacing the Cosmopolitan as Lincolns top of the line series, the Lincoln Capri debuted in 1952 with modern squared-off styling. Available in three body styles, the design was similar to the Mercury models at the time. A full-size model, the Capri rode on a 123.0-inch wheelbase, had an overall length of 214 inches, a width of 77.5 inches and a height of 62.6 inches. Designed to compete with the....
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1954 Lincoln Capri vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

The Carrera Panamerica (Mexican Road Race) was organized in 1950, to promote Mexican tourism. Conducted under International Automobile Federation Rules, the Carrera Panamericana endurance run annually attracted many famous international drivers. Th....[continue reading]

1954 Lincoln Capri vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 54LA7967H

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 to....[continue reading]

1954 Lincoln Capri vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

This 1954 Lincoln Capri placed first and second in one of the most famous races of the 1950s, the Pan American Road Race. This car raced in the 1968 running of this race. The car is powered by a 318 cubic-inch V8 engine capable of producing 160-205....[continue reading]

1954 Lincoln Capri vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 54WA21419H

For 1954, the Capri was Lincoln's top-of-the-line model and represented the company's efforts to capitalize on the slow decline of Packard and its challenge to Cadillac during the mid-1950s. Life magazine declared the Capri the safest car of ....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 54LA7967H 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 54WA21419H 

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