Lot 213

Hershey 2023

1953 Lincoln Capri Convertible


$29,700 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
Canadian Registration
  • Lincoln’s most luxurious offering for 1953
  • One of only 2,272 Capri Convertibles produced for the model year
  • Finished in dazzling red with a black soft-top over a black and red leather interior
  • Powered by a 317.5 cubic-inch V-8 engine rated at 205 hp
  • Well-preserved, with many authentic details

Lincoln introduced the Capri for the 1952 model year as a premium variant of the two-door Cosmopolitan, coinciding with a complete change in design across its lineup. The nameplate would span three generations and cease production after the 1959 model year. Large and luxurious with V-8 power, the Capri competed against the Cadillac Series 62, Chrysler New Yorker, and Packard Patrician. From 1952 through 1955, it was virtually indistinguishable from the less-expensive Cosmopolitan—and later, the Custom Series—save for minor trim variances. In 1956, the Capri was restyled with design elements inspired by the futuristic XL-500 and XM-800 concept cars. With the introduction of the Lincoln Premiere that year, the Capri replaced the Cosmopolitan as the standard Lincoln in the product line—with the two again being distinguished only by subtle trim variances. The 1958 model year brought another redesign before its last production year in 1959, which saw the Capri slightly shrink in size—though it remained unabashedly large, luxurious, and powered by a 368 cubic-inch V-8.

Convertible models such as the example offered here were produced in limited numbers, with only 2,272 Capri Convertibles made for 1953. Finished in dazzling red with a black soft-top over a well-appointed interior trimmed in black and red leather, this Lincoln remains highly presentable. The detailed engine bay and high-gloss chrome trim speak to its careful preservation, while authentic details such as the chrome rocker trim unique to the Capri, rear fender skirts, and color-matched steel wheels with polished covers and wide whitewall tires complete the stylish period look. Included in the sale are copies of service and parts invoices from 2020 to 2022 for various work completed under current ownership.

Uncommon relative to its hardtop counterparts, well-preserved, and tastefully finished in an eye-catching color scheme, this well-detailed Capri is a superb example of Lincoln’s most luxurious offering for 1953, making it an excellent option for marque enthusiasts and collectors of American automotive icons.