1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Three-Window Coupe
Sold For $154,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
- From the collection of Paul Teutul Jr.
- One of 2,500 three-window coupes built for 1939
- Visually stunning and arguably the most collectable of all Lincoln-Zephyrs
- Highly desirable production year with its Art Deco trim and waterfall grille
110 hp, 267.3 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed sliding gear transmission with two-speed Columbia rear axle, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, three-quarter floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125 in.
Lincoln, like other prestige manufacturers, needed a more moderately priced car to help it endure the tough times of the post-Depression era. The answer came in November 1935 with the introduction of the Zephyr for the 1936 model year. Its advanced streamlined teardrop styling was credited to designer John Tjaarda of the Briggs Body Company with help from a young Ford designer named Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie as well as Edsel Ford, head of the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company. Ultimately, the trio would be credited for fashioning the first successful streamlined car in America.
The name echoed that of the new streamlined modern diesel trains in operation on the Burlington Railroad. Initial ads featured the sleek, stainless steel train in the background drawing comparison between the two modes of transportation. “The newest things on wheels! One is a streamlined train rolling up new records on the rails. One is a motor car, the LINCOLN-ZEPHYR, rolling up new records on the roads. Common to both is a break with the past – a new idea of design and performance – a new conception of safety and economy – a new point-of-view toward travel!”
Ads also highlighted its new 110-horsepower V-12 engine derived from the standard Ford flathead V-8 all the while delivering 14–18 mpg. Despite the advanced styling and novel V-12 engine, parent Ford Motor Company was never happy with sales; yet of 18,994 Lincolns sold in its first year (1936), 17,715 were Zephyrs, arguably keeping the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company alive. In 1939, 21,000 were built, including 2,500 three-window coupes, like this example.
This vehicle is part of the collection of Paul Teutul Jr., known for his custom motorcycles and star of Discovery Channel’s American Chopper series. Teutul also happens to be an avid car collector with a passion for the streamlined Lincoln-Zephyr. The car was restored by the previous owner and is an extremely well-cared-for and high-quality driver vehicle. Teutul describes it as “one of my favorites.” The coupe has been stored in a climate-controlled environment and while in his possession, it has not been shown publicly at any collector or club events.
Fortunately, this example has been spared the customizers and retains its stock appearance and features as-built. Finished in a proper Ruby Red over tan cloth interior with period-appropriate wide whitewall tires, it is visually striking in combination with its sumptuous lines. Inside, the new owner will find an Art Deco dash equally as handsome as its exterior appearance. It will no doubt be the darling of any car show or Lincoln Owners Club meeting.