1937 Lincoln Zephyr CoupeSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $75,000 - $125,000


$71,500 Sold

110hp, 267 cu. in. L-head
12-cylinder engine with aluminum alloy heads and cast steel pistons, downdraft Stromberg carburetor,
dashboard-mounted three-speed synchromesh transmission and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122"

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 cars. Edsel Ford, much like Henry Leland, set high standards and left both his Lincoln engineers and the coachbuilders to realize them, applying their skill, knowledge, and experience freely. This was the type of environment needed to foster the conception of such an innovative car as the Zephyr.

The car was truly unique, and created a sensation when it was introduced to the public at the 1936 New York Auto Show. “Teardrop” is the unswerving styling theme of this thoroughly Art Deco car – the theme is repeated in the front and rear lights, the fender skirts, and in the grill emblem. The teardrop styling and exotic V12 were responsible for making the Zephyr one of the first successful “streamlined” cars on the road, as it quickly became Lincoln’s best selling car.

The interior was just as fashion forward as the exterior of the car, its design adhering strictly to Art Deco principles; it featured a centered circular console with symmetrical driver’s side and passenger side glove compartments and ashtrays. The styling of the Zephyr was so well received it served as the foundation for the 1940 Lincoln Continental, and was also applied to both Mercurys and Fords of the period.

Technically, the Zephyr was leading edge as well. The car itself was the first Ford Motor Company vehicle to feature unibody construction, and like an airplane, was designed as a stressed structure. As a result, the Zephyr was not only lighter but also far stronger than it would have been if it had been made using conventional body on frame construction. The engine was also unique; its architecture was heavily based on Ford’s proven flathead V8, which was a significant departure from the overhead valve V12s of Packard and Cadillac.

The 1937 Lincoln Zephyr coupe presented here in black with a burgundy interior displays an older restoration. The exterior paint and chrome show noticeable signs of aging; however, the engine bay is tidy, and the body is straight and rust-free. The interior has upheld better than the exterior and requires little to no attention at all. This Zephyr is well suited to be enjoyed as a “driver”; alternately, it would make an excellent candidate for a comprehensive restoration. There is no doubt that the Zephyr coupe is a design icon of the 1930s, and one of the most influential vehicles of all time.

Reference Number 7368

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
VIN H40716 
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