1939 Lincoln Zephyr

The Lincoln-Zephyr was Ford's first attempt to find a niche between Lincoln and Ford. Introduced in 1936, its design was the result of Edsel Ford's subtle but persistent influence. Its little V-12 engine was Ford's famous flathead V-8 with four cylinders added. The Lincoln-Zephyr eschewed classic style, instead establishing a new definition of "classic" with a sharp prow grille and hood, headlights recessed into the front fenders and sleek aerodynamic bodies. It went from strength to strength in coming years, culminating in the rounded, refined 1939 model seen here. Only 640 were built in this year in the convertible coupe body style. This one is representative of the style, with wide whitewall tires, hubcaps, trim rings, rear wheel skirts, a driver's side remote spotlight, clock and power top. 1939 is particularly attractive because it includes the dramatic center dash "stack" running down to the floor, a style that would be picked up over a half-century later with today's integrated dashboard and stack cockpit layouts. It has been restored from the ground up with some subsequent use and is an exceptionally pretty, well maintained and detailed example of a wonderful and important automobile that is the precursor of, and in many respects more pure and essential than, the famous Lincoln Continental of 1940.

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