The Lincoln Zephyr was both one of the most handsome American cars and one of the most revolutionary. The word “teardrop” was most applicable to its overall form with repeated design cues found in the tail lights, fender skirts, running board perimeters and trim emblems. The sloping back deck, curved side windows and simple grill formed an automobile that that mimicked a rail road streamliner of the period. The interior was an exercise in minimalism with simple but fashion forward seating and simple, yet handsome gauges and controls. Technologically speaking, the Zephyr was significantly different with its uni-body construction and was the first mid-range vehicle to offer a twelve-cylinder mono-block engine.
1940 was the last year for the Lincoln Zephyr and very few were made prior to the introduction of the Lincoln Continental which would replace the Zephyr later in the model year. Larger and more powerful than the previous year, the 1940 Zephyr coupe featured a larger glass area and one-piece rear window, front window vents, and sculptured bodywork in place of running boards. Its swept back rear deck and fender skirts enhanced the already graceful lines. The interiors featured a mahogany-metal finish and a newly designed two-spoke steering wheel. The three-speed transmission was now controlled by a steering column lever (Ford called it “Finger Tip Gearshift”) and the engine size was increased to 292 cubic inches and now produced 120 horsepower. This Club Coupe had a selling price of $1,770.00 and 3,500 examples were built.
This gorgeous coupe was restored about a decade ago and proceeded to win first place in several judged events. Significant recognition includes Junior and Senior status with the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club and a First in the Emeritus Class from the Lincoln Continental Owners Club. This car was also featured in Continental magazine, issue number 264. It has since been driven and shows only moderate patina. The doors and panels have a very good fit on a nicely prepped body which exhibits crisp body lines. The period correct maroon paint remains extremely nice showing only the most minimal amounts of wear. The interior was restored using the proper, tan striped cloth material with matching headliner, door panels and carpets and exhibits hardly any evidence of wear. The trunk area is also well detailed and complete with a spare, jack and tool set. The stainless steel and chrome exterior trim appointments remain in excellent condition. The engine bay was accurately restored during the restoration and today remains extremely clean.One of Ford’s prettiest designs, this final generation Lincoln-Zephyr will be a highly-prized item in any collecting circle.
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