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Lot Number
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1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
2017 The Texas Classic Auction

ESTIMATE: $90,000 - $120,000
CHASSIS NO: H36514
• Professionally built by multiple award winner Denny Olson
• Outstanding combination of iconic styling and modern drivability
• Rich and striking Mercedes-Benz paint finish with custom interior
• All-steel original Zephyr body with strictly limited modifications
• Ford “Lightning” V-8 engine and automatic transmission

351 cid Ford “Lightning” high-performance OHV V-8 engine, electronic fuel injection, 240 HP at 4,200 RPM, three-speed automatic transmission, custom-designed-and-built Art Morrison chassis and suspension with pneumatic ride-height control, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 125"


Introduced for 1936 and revered ever since for its sleek, curvaceous design, the Lincoln Zephyr was named after the radically streamlined Burlington Zephyr high-speed express train, itself named after Zephyrus, the mythical Greek God of the west wind. Styling was by Dutch-born designer John Tjaarda, who was an employee at Briggs Body Corporation, Ford’s longtime partner. Pre-production stylistic refinements, especially at the frontal aspects of the car, were completed by Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie, who worked closely with Lincoln president Edsel Ford, himself a noted designer. The original Zephyr put the old-fashioned coachbuilt Lincolns solidly into the past and continued with success to the end of civilian automobile production during early 1942 following America’s full-scale entry into World War II.

Built using advanced unitized construction principles, the Zephyr ushered in a new era at Lincoln and immediately drew strong sales that ensured the long-term survival of Ford Motor Company’s top-echelon division. Power was delivered by Lincoln’s proprietary 292 cubic-inch V-12 engine, a multi-cylinder derivative of Ford’s proven “Flathead” V-8 engine. Initially for 1936, four body styles were offered, including a two-door Sedan, two-door Coupe, four-door Sedan, and four-door Town Limousine, with a Convertible Sedan added for 1937. Sales were even stronger for 1937, with 29,997 Zephyrs produced. The Zephyr’s excellent original body design was only mildly updated for 1937, with refinements to the front bumper, grille, side vents, and new sweeping moldings. Inside, the Zephyr’s dash panel was redesigned with glove compartments on both sides divided by a central console housing the controls and instruments.

A true stylistic landmark, the Zephyr’s influence remains profound today. Accolades include its inclusion in the groundbreaking ‘8 Automobiles’ exhibit held during the autumn of 1951 by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. According to the event’s press releases, “All the automobiles were selected for their excellence as works of art and for their relevance to contemporary problems of passenger car design.” Of the prewar Lincoln Zephyr, the exhibit’s program described it as the “…first successful streamlined car in America.” Today, the Zephyr continues to attract a spellbinding, cult-like following everywhere it appears in public.

The 1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe offered here is a fitting exemplar of that rich heritage, perfectly combining its original bodylines and stylistic elements with welcome mechanical updates for an outstanding total experience. The Zephyr has enjoyed the long-term ownership of its current family for some 20 years and before that, it was under long-term storage with the prior owner of another 20 years. The sound Zephyr was brought to its excellent present form during the late 1990s/early 2000s for the present owner by Denny Olson, the multiple award-winning proprietors of Streetrods by Denny in Fife, Washington. Ride and handling are far superior to the original car with the Zephyr now riding on a complete new air-ride custom chassis from Art Morrison Enterprises of Enumclaw, Washington. Ample power and heightened reliability are delivered by a fuel-injected 351 cubic-inch Ford Lightning V-8 engine mated to an automatic transmission for cruising ease.

The Zephyr’s seductively curvaceous all-steel body remains almost totally stock, requiring no enhancements to embellish the excellent design with the exception of the relocation of the fuel tank to the trunk compartment and removal of the old-style rubber covering the running boards. The interior retains the stock dash and console, with updates limited to a power front seat, air-conditioning, a contemporary stereo, and custom-crafted upholstery. A document and build file accompanies the Zephyr at auction. Richly finished in Mercedes-Benz Pearl Black paint and rolling on Art Deco-inspired custom wheels, this visually arresting, highly drivable, and professionally built 1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe makes an incredible statement on every level.

1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
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