There was an absolute top-of-the-line domestic car for the
discerning few in 1940, and this Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe
is it. And this one represents the classic car lifestyle ideally
today with a polished and authentic style everywhere from the deep
black paint to the V12 under the hood.
Edsel Ford rebelled against his father's mass-market sensibilities
by building a car for people in his substantial wealth class. He
emphasized design, which means these first-generations show their
boldness with sleek lines rather than adding chrome. This was the
car he could have proudly driven in Europe with its waterfall
grille, lowered stance, and deleted running boards. These were both
beautiful and expensive, and so only about 700 examples were
hand-built in 1940. But this one is a stunner for more than just
rarity. The black paint is the quality of a later and professional
application. So this sophisticated Lincoln-Zephyr has the gloss of
a grand piano. And when you add in the chrome of the dual grilles,
large bumpers, headlight surrounds, factory wheel covers, and all
the trim, this is an artful total package. It even has all the
right ornamentation like the whitewall tires, rear fender skirts,
and exposed rear tire caddy that was so cleverly presented that it
would become the Continental's namesake on other vehicles.
The tan roof looks timeless against the black paint, and this has
the right premium features, like a power operation and a glass rear
window. But this look gets even better with the roof down. After
all, the deep red interior against the glossy black unleashes more
of the European flair. There is plenty of plush seating for family
and friends, but you don't need any of them to have fun cruising.
The dash is beautifully detailed, including the classic art
deco-style AM radio still on display in the middle. So this '40s
luxury machine really does keep a period-correct appearance. Even
the steering wheel is correct as it reminds you about the superior
powerhouse under the hood.
One of the best perks of owning a well-presented first-generation
is getting to lift the hood and seeing the Lincoln-Zephyr V12 in
all its period-correct glory. We love how these are so long that
they look like a Ford flathead on steroids. Plus, all the bolts,
dual barrel downdraft carburetor, generator, correct hoses, oil
bath air cleaner with correct decal, and much more all give this
the kind of presentation where people will stop to point out the
details. There is unmistakable power and poise from the dozen
cylinders propelling this luxury machine forward. And you control
its full force thanks to the three-speed all-synchromesh manual
transmission. There are even four-wheel hydraulic brakes to give
you classic but confident stopping.
Rarity, beauty, and vintage elegance all come together on this
drop-top. It will be hard to find one of the few remaining
Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupes that will be so easy to enjoy
right now. Don't miss this opportunity. Call today!!!