1955 Lincoln Capri

Lincoln resumed post-WWII production using pre-war designs, with the first genuinely new Lincoln models appearing in 1948. The new top-of-the-range model was the Cosmopolitan and the following year the 'Capri' name was adopted for the Cosmopolitan in its two-door hardtop coupe configuration. In 1952, the Capri became a series in its own rights when the entire range was restyled and a new 317.5 cubic-inch (5.2-liter) overhead-valve V8 was introduced. Bodystyles included a four-door sedan, two-door convertible or two-door hardtop coupe.

Although Lincoln advertising touted its luxury and style, the marque produced high performance automobiles and its V8 produced more power per cubic-inch than any of its rivals. They scored a sweeping 1-2-3-4 victory in the Carrera Panamericana road race and finished 1st through 4th the following year.

The Lincoln Capri received a minor facelift for 1954 which consisted mostly of additional or revised trim, including two pronounced front bumper guards which the company claimed gave the car 'forward thrust.' In the back were more modestly scaled down version of the front bumper guards.

A host of mechanical improvements followed in 1955 including Ford-built Turbo-Drive automatic transmissions which replaced the dual-range Hydra-Matic used previously. The new gearbox was similar to the existing Ford/Merc-O-Matic and was capable of coping with the torquey Lincoln V-8 engines. The V-8 engine was carried over with an increased bore and a larger displacement of 341 cubic-inches. Horsepower rose to 225 bhp at 4,400 RPM, and with a higher compression ratio of 8.5:1, torque reached 332 foot-pounds at 2,500 rpm.

Styling improvements included a new grille design with new trim rings around the headlights. The 'V' emblem and fender top ornaments were replaced by a slimmer hood ornament. The Lincoln name in block letters remained on the front hood edge. The bodyside trim received minor restyling with a sweeping brushed stainless piece that ran the length of the rocker panel area. The rear quarter panels were extended to create a hooded vertical taillamp and tail fin.

New features for 1955 included an interior with un-pleated seats and a convertible top made of Orlon, a unique 'miracle fabric' of the mid-1950s. An optional Multi-Lube power lubrication was offered by Lincoln - an industry first - along with automatic starting, coordinated-action windshield washers, and rear door safety locks on sedans.

Although the styling was just three years old, having been introduced in 1952, its conservative styling quickly lost ground to its competitors and their distinctive tail fins and wraparound windshields. As a result, sales slumped to its lowest level since the shortened 1948 model year, with 27,222 total sales. The Capri convertible accounted for just 1,487 examples.

The Capri, with its base price of $4,072, was Ford Motor Company's most expensive model.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 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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Related Reading : Lincoln Capri History

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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1955 Vehicle Profiles

1955 Lincoln Capri vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

The 1955 Lincoln was Car Life Magazine's 'Safest Car of the Year.' Lincoln cars have become very collectible, likely because Lincoln cars were solidly built with the best materials available.....[continue reading]

1955 Lincoln Capri vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 55WA24881H

Lincoln produced 1,487 Capri Convertibles in 1955 and this example is powered by a 341 cid V8 engine offering 225 horsepower. It has a 'Turbo Drive' automatic transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.....[continue reading]

Hardtop Coupe
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 55WA24881H 

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Price Comparison

1955 Capri
$4,070-$22,520
1955 Lincoln Capri Price Range: $3,750 - $4,070

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Lincoln
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)24,820
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)26,906
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)17,134
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)41,123
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)50,322
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)27,222
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)36,993
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)40,762
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)27,271
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)32,574
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)28,190

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