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1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR

1939 Lincoln Zephyr
Chassis no. AA46-1181816300198
$87,000.00 - $130,000.00US

Historically significant design
Restored in the USA in the 1990s
Imported into Europe in 1998
Registered in Spain as an historic vehicle

The lower-priced companion to Ford's flagship Lincoln marque, Lincoln-Zephyr made its debut in November 1935 as a three-model range powered by a new V12 engine. As such, it was unique in its class, all the opposition having eight-cylinder engines. Together with Mercury, introduced in 1939, Lincoln-Zephyr bridged the gap between the affordable Ford V8 and the expensive Lincoln K Series. Conceived by Edsel Ford and overseen by styling maestro Eugene 'Bob' Gregorie, the Lincoln-Zephyr well deserved the description 'revolutionary', its advanced unitary body/chassis - designed by Tom Tjaarda and built by Briggs Manufacturing - being a first for the Ford Motor Company.

Its streamlined 'teardrop' styling too was at the cutting edge of contemporary automotive design, being extremely attractive with a low raked windshield, fully integrated wings, enclosed rear wheels, and a short bonnet fronted by an attractive grille. Whereas Chrysler's pioneering Airflow 'streamliner' had met with serious customer resistance, the Lincoln-Zephyr was an instant success, the almost 15,000 sold in the first year of production amounting to 80% of Lincoln's sales. Indeed, when New York's Museum of Modern Art drew up its list of the most significant automobile designs, the Lincoln-Zephyr was hailed as the 'First Successful Streamlined Car'.

The 4.4-litre side valve engine was developed from Ford's successful 90-degree V8, being basically as 75-degree version of the latter with four additional cylinders and aluminum heads. The 110 horsepower on tap was transmitted to the road via a three-speed manual transmission, making the Lincoln-Zephyr a genuine 90mph car.

The running gear incorporated Ford's tried and tested suspension system of live axles and transverse leaf springs. Inside, however, what greeted the Lincoln-Zephyr driver was not in the least conventional, as Gregorie's interior presented a breathtaking combination of aircraft-inspired details and Art Deco themes quite unlike anything seen hitherto.

Finished in green with beige interior, the car offered here is one of only 2,500 two-door, three-window coup├ęs built in 1939, and has the hydraulic brakes newly introduced for that year. The car was imported from Toronto, Canada in 1998 by a dealer in high-quality motor cars, who had purchased it at auction on behalf of a private collector, resident in Valencia, Spain. The collector subsequently sold the car to a dealer in Mallorca, who kept it for only a few years. In 2008 the car was purchased through a dealer by the current vendor, a member of Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club.

This Lincoln-Zephyr was completely restored in the USA in the early 1990s, and it is worthwhile noting that it has been painted using the Duco automotive lacquer developed by DuPont during the 1920s. The car is described as in generally excellent condition, benefiting from recently overhauled brakes and a new fuel pump, while the carburetor has been upgraded and the car has passed the ITV (technical inspection), which is valid for five years. Currently registered in Spain as an historic vehicle, this beautiful two-door coupe represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most iconic American cars of the 1930s.

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