FROM THE MISSOULA AUTO MUSEUM COLLECTION: Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 19th - 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele's 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information. Introduced for 1936 and revered for its sleek, curvaceous design, the Lincoln Zephyr was named after the streamlined Burlington Zephyr high-speed express train, itself named after Zephyrus, the mythical Greek god of the West Wind. Styling was by Dutch-born designer John Tjaarda, who was an employed at longtime Ford partner Briggs Body Corporation. Pre-production stylistic refinements, especially at the front of the car, were completed by Eugene T. "Bob" Gregorie, who worked closely with Edsel Ford. The Zephyr put the old-fashioned coachbuilt Lincolns solidly in the past and continued with success to the end of civilian automobile production in America during early 1942. This example from 1941 was part of Lincoln's three-model grouping that included the series 15H Lincoln Zephyr, the Continental Coupe and cabriolet, and the long-wheelbase Series 168H Custom sedan and limousine. Based on unibody construction, the Zephyr was powered by the Lincoln 292 cubic-inch V-12 engine that produced 120 rated horsepower. Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes provided stopping power. Several styling updates were introduced for 1941 wile leaving the excellent basic design intact. Among them were minor changes to bumpers, grilles, and headlamp bezels, parking lights/turn signals were moved to the tops of the front fenders, and the hood release was repositioned to the interior. Underneath, longer, wider springs yielded improved ride and comfort. New options included a deluxe radio with a foot switch to select stations and Borg-Warner overdrive, which replaced the popular Columbia two-speed rear axle. Lincoln's total production in 1941 was just 14,469 cars of all body types. Only 972 were 3-passenger coupes. Offered without reserve, this 1941 Lincoln Zephyr 2-door has undergone a body-on restoration with a complete engine rebuild. It features a newer interior with all rubber components replaced and the electrical system has been converted from 6 volts to a higher-capacity 8-volt system. Presented in good running and driving condition, it represents a stylistic benchmark and a highly desirable example of one of the most successful Lincoln models of the prewar era.