Lot 464

Hershey 2019

1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe

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$77,000 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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H94301
  • Exceptional example of art deco styling
  • Believed to have been formerly owned by Neil Young
  • Fresh restoration of an unmodified original car

The original Lincoln-Zephyr was introduced in late 1935 as a 1936 model, combining the aerodynamic efficiency of streamlined styling with an early form of unit body construction that reduced weight while enhancing rigidity. A style leader from the beginning, the original Zephyr featured a tall, prow-like grille for its first two years. A new nose appeared on the 1938 Zephyr, featuring a low-mounted, horizontal grille that would leave a lasting impression on automotive designers everywhere, and by 1940 many American cars were mimicking the late-’30s Zephyr front end.

Nineteen-forty was a transitional year for Lincoln, as the new and very exclusive Continental, based on the Zephyr chassis, went into production just as the last of the huge Lincoln Model K super-luxury cars were delivered. Meanwhile, the 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr was a clean, beautifully detailed car that appeared to have evolved from the 1939 models; however, it was in fact an essentially all-new car. The new second-generation Zephyr continued the basic frontal design introduced in 1938, although the new low grille was larger and the headlamps mounted in the fenders. At the rear, the dramatic taper of earlier Zephyr bodies was replaced by a fuller design that allowed wider rear seating and added luggage space.

This exceptional V-12 Zephyr is the recipient of a freshly completed restoration and has only been driven test miles since its completion. Believed to have been formerly owned by music star Neil Young, it is finished strikingly in dark blue, contrasted with an elegant tan-colored mohair interior. A sparkling example of art deco design, this Zephyr has unique provenance to complement its restoration and would make a fine addition to any collection.