Hershey

The Hershey Lodge
11 - 12 October 2018
Lot 217

1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe

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$79,750 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Chassis No.
H 83062
  • 1930s design icon with delicate grille and teardrop headlights
  • Said to have spent most of its life in Arizona
  • Cosmetically restored several years ago
  • One of only 640 examples built in 1939
  • Includes driver’s side spotlight, dual side-view mirrors, and rear fender skirts

The Lincoln-Zephyr was introduced in late 1935 as a 1936 model and was an immediate sensation. Catering to the moderately affluent buyer who might also consider a Packard 120, Chrysler Imperial Eight, or perhaps a new Cadillac Series 60, the original Lincoln-Zephyr stood out among competitors with combined aerodynamic efficiency and futuristically streamlined styling. It also featured an early form of unit body construction that reduced weight while also enhancing rigidity.

A style leader from the beginning, the original Zephyr featured a tall, prow-like grille for its first two years. A new face appeared on the 1938 Zephyr, featuring a low-mounted, horizontal grille that would have a tremendous influence on automotive designers, and soon after many American cars were emulating the late ’30s Zephyr ensemble. Inside, the stylish design aesthetic continued with a central console rising from the floor and a large, multi-gauge cluster acting as an orb-like cornice. Within the large, Art Deco scripted roundel was the speedometer, as well as gauges for temperature, fuel, oil, and battery. A smaller clock sat below. Power came from the trusty 110-hp L-head V-12, shifted through the rugged Zephyr three-speed manual transmission, which would become a favorite among hot rodders of a later generation.

The car offered here is one of the few remaining today of only 640 convertibles produced for 1939, and has spent most of its life in Arizona. Cosmetically restored several years ago, it is beautifully finished in Zephyr Coach Maroon and accented with sparkling chrome. The exterior is elegantly complimented with a tan canvas top and a recently refurbished leather interior. Dual side-view mirrors, fender skirts, wide whitewall tires, and an accessory external spotlight add to the charm of this masterful Art Deco design.

A true icon of streamlined 1930s styling, the Zephyr has become more and more coveted over the years. This is a superb example.