Lot 233

Amelia Island 2020

1938 Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Sedan


$50,400 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Amelia Island, Florida



Body No.
  • Extremely rare and desirable Zephyr convertible sedan
  • Formerly of the collection of Eugene Beardslee
  • Well-preserved older restoration by Hibernia Auto Restorations
  • Equipped with 273 cu. in. “L-head” V-12 engine

In 1938 the Lincoln-Zephyr was handsomely restyled, featuring twin grilles now placed in the forward end of the “catwalk” section of the fenders. Not merely a styling gimmick, this change markedly improved engine cooling. The V-shaped nose was softened, and headlamps were made flush with the fender contours. Two new body styles were offered: the style 760 three-passenger convertible coupe and the 740 five-passenger convertible sedan. The latter was unusual in that it retained the four-door’s smooth tail contour, whereas most convertible sedans had a bustle at the rear. Both debuted on 23 October 1937 and featured manually operated, spring-assisted convertible tops. A five-passenger convertible coupe, style 760B, was added later in the year. Total production of the convertible sedan was just 461 cars.

Eugene Beardslee was a very successful entrepreneur and businessman. For his second career, he was a renowned collector of Lincolns, with his quest for perfection epitomized by this Lincoln-Zephyr convertible sedan. A purist and perfectionist, he enjoyed the hunt for cars to add to his collection, then painstakingly oversaw their restoration, accepting no work that did not meet his exacting standards. This Lincoln-Zephyr was meticulously restored by the late Robert Turnquist’s Hibernia Auto Restorations in New Jersey. It is handsomely finished in Beetle Green, a 1938-only color, contrasting nicely with the tan top and matching leather interior.

Having last exchanged hands in March 2012, this Lincoln-Zephyr is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner, as it is undoubtedly one of the most attractive cars of its era. After 82 years the Lincoln-Zephyr continues to have a strong following today, further ensuring its collectability for future generations.