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1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR COUPE

Chassis no. H66822

267.3ci Flathead V-12 Engine
Single 2-Barrel Carburetor
110bhp at 3,900rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission with Columbia Two-Speed Axle
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes 


THE LINCOLN ZEPHYR

Introduced in late 1935 as a 1936 model, the new car was an immediate sensation. Catering to the moderately affluent buyer who might also consider a Packard 120, Chrysler Imperial 8, or perhaps a new Cadillac 60, the original Lincoln-Zephyr stood out among competitors with combined aerodynamic efficiency of a futuristically streamlined styling, consisting of 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 face appeared on the 1938 Zephyr, featuring a low-mounted, horizontal grille that would have a tremendous influence on automotive designers everywhere—by 1940 many American cars were frankly copying the late ‘30s Zephyr frontal ensemble.