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Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 1942


Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 1942

Chassis no. HI30376

305ci Flathead V-12 Engine

Single 2-Barrel Carburetor
130bhp at 3,900rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Believed to be 1 of only 5 surviving examples 

*Stunning award winning condition 
*The height of automotive art deco style 
*Long term enthusiast ownership 
*The ultimate Lincoln-Zephyr


1942 Lincolns arrived in showrooms during September of 1941 but were only produced until February of 1942. The all new for 1942 Lincoln Zephyr took the art deco styling to a whole new level. While still retaining the unitized body and frame construction, the car was now lower, wider, and longer than its predecessors. The overall width was increased by approximately 4.5 inches thanks to the wider tread and larger accommodating fenders. Thanks to the step-out for the lower grill assembly and the projected design of the rear, the car was 7 inches longer. The engineers use of longer and lower springs with lower camber, enabled the car to ride 1 inch lower than the previous iterations. The horizontal front end treatment is set off by the new radiator grilles and broader shoulders - the stunning design really must be seen in person to fully appreciate the beauty of the design elements and the way in which they seamlessly meld together. The car also marks the first time that the Lincoln coat of arms appears on one of its creations. 

Inside, the completely redesigned instrument panel had a raised section in the middle to add depth and featured a speedometer and clock of equal size which flanked the radio grille. The gauges were now placed to the left of the speedometer, and the name Lincoln was placed to the right of the clock on the glove box. A nice feature was the illumination of the glovebox door to balance the lighted gauges on the opposite side of the dash. Mahogany and walnut burl were used to adorn various surfaces throughout. 

In order to stay competitive, the engine was bored out .062 resulting in an increased displacement from 292 to 305 cubic inches – this among other internal improvements bumped horsepower up to 130.

A Lincoln advertisement which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post on October 25th, 1941 goes on to sum things up quite nicely, "There's a definite feeling of depth and power in the flowing lines of the 1942 Lincoln-Zephyr, because its beauty is more than surface deep. This modernness starts at the very core of the car! Built on an entirely new principle that sets it apart from other automobiles, the Lincoln-Zephyr is naturally streamlined right from its basic construction on through its longer, lower appearance! Free from excessive weight... and with its V-type 12-cylinder engine more powerful than ever... this fine car gives you a different kind of ride. Relaxed on chair-high seats amidships on longer, slow-motion springs, you skim along the highways with glider-like ease... This is a good year to buy a better car. And the new Lincoln-Zephyr is truly the finest ever to bear the name."


As per the factory build records, on September 29th, 1941, this ultra-rare coupe was shipped from the assembly plant to its first lucky owner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This exquisite example has clearly been the recipient of a comprehensive restoration at the hands of a true craftsmen. The Andover Green paint presents beautifully and is perfectly paired with a Bedford Tan interior. The car appears to possess all of the unique and special fittings that make the 1942 coupe such an admired creation and even comes with its tool roll and jack! For many years, the car was part of Bob Francy's extensive Lincoln collection. While under Mr. Francy's stewardship, the car has won numerous awards, including the Edsel Ford trophy at the Western National Meet of 1990 in Bend Oregon. Although it is difficult to determine the exact number of surviving examples, marque experts generally agree that this of 1 of only 5 examples that remain worldwide. When considering its extreme rarity, gorgeous livery, and show winning concours condition, the sale of this art deco masterpiece presents an opportunity to acquire one of the rarest and most desirable American cars of the era.


Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 1942


SOLD US$ 89,600


  • Model: Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
  • Year: 1942
  • Coachbuilder: Lincoln
  • Production nr.: 5
  • Seller: Bonhams
  • Country: USA
  • Contact: www.bonhams.com
  • Auction: Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
  • Auction date: 08 March 2018
  • Tags: 1942, Bonhams, coupe, Lincoln

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