1938 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible CoupeSOLD
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Estimate: $115,000-$145,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $151,250

Specifications: 110hp, 267 cu. in. side valve V12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with live rear axle, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

In the mid thirties, like Cadillac with its LaSalle line, Lincoln felt the need to offer a more affordable alternative to the coachbuilt K series. The car selected to fill this void was the innovative new Zephyr. Introduced at the 1936 New York Auto Show, the John Tjaarda-designed Zephyr was a truly unique Art Deco car. Its teardrop styling made it one of the first successful streamlined cars on the road and Lincoln ’ s best selling model. Technical advancements included Unibody construction and a new V12 derived from Ford ’ s successful Flathead V8. The styling of the Zephyr was so well received it served as the foundation for the 1940 Lincoln Continental, and was also applied to various Mercurys and Fords of the period.

The 1938 Lincoln Zephyr shown here is an absolutely excellent example thanks in part to its expert restoration and well-documented history. Originally purchased in Pasadena, this Zephyr was acquired in the mid-fifties by Mr. Ray Kuhn and was barely driven until 1988 when its current owner, a 21-year veteran Lincoln Zephyr collector and restorer, revived the original car to its former glory. In 2007, it was honored with 99.5 points at the LZOC/West National meet, earning the Gregorie Award for Excellence and Best Junior Zephyr of Show Award.

Although the blue paint was in excellent condition and the body is free of dents and rust, certain scratches warranted a complete Tom Sparks paint job. The interior was equally well preserved but was reupholstered, along with the convertible top, by Dick Jeffers. Attention to detail is also evident in the leather, which was matched for grain and custom dyed by Killeen Leathers. The original V12 rests in a professionally restored engine bay and is in excellent running condition as are the brakes and three-speed transmission, complete with Columbia overdrive rear axle. Of particular interest is the optional radio present in the dash. Trendsetting in design and bold in its execution, this Lincoln Zephyr is one of only two dozen remaining examples and the last of its esteemed owner ’ s collection. Contributing to its storied history would certainly be a privilege for any enthusiast.

Reference Number 11610

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1938 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Coupe
VIN H64271 
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