<b>1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe</b><br />Engine no. 8351

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Lot 256
1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe

Sold for € 62,100 (US$ 73,340) inc. premium

Den Hartogh Sale

23 Jun 2018, 11:00 CEST


1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
Engine no. 8351

Introduced in late 1935 as a 1936 model, the original Lincoln-Zephyr combined 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 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.

Inside, the stylish design aesthetic continued with a central console erupting 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 L-head V-12 that had appeared in various iterations since 1935. Funneling the horsepower reward was the rugged Zephyr 3-speed manual transmission (which would become a legend among hot rodders of a later generation) that shift by way of a standard level that bent around central gauge cluster. An optional two-speed Columbia axle was available to improve highway performance.

With the natural following that the ground-breaking Zephyr design garnered, Lincoln wisely didn't alter the mold much for 1937. This year's car could be singled out by the most knowledgeable in the day or today by the five pairs of horizontal bars on the radiator grill, or the more accessible rear trunk compartment, or the slight refinement of the dash with twin gloveboxes either side of the central console.

To cater for the growing European market, in 1934 Ford had set up a partnership with Mathis, who held a large production plant in Strasbourg. In deference to the local operation, the joint venture, which was owned 60/40 in Ford's favor was called Matford S.A. Ultimately, the Mathis side of the operation seems to have faltered early on, but Ford seems to have used this still to market their Ford and Lincoln cars, of which this must be an example.

To judge from its chassis plate which states that this is Lincoln car number 82, of the Zephyr H model, this is either very early in the run of these car, or more likely that very few were actually built. The rakish teardrop Coupe appears to be in particularly original order, perhaps with an older repaint, but no evidence of a thorough restoration. Its rich dark brown scheme is accented with the subtle chrome trim to the exterior. In the driving cabin, likewise the upholstery is either very old, or may well be original and appears to be accurate finished, complete with the period cloth bench seat and well- appointed and aesthetically pleasing dash.

The car wears French road registration plates with central 'FM' lettering, which suggests that it was last on the road in the Finistere jurisdiction, being in northern Brittany. Although there is no supporting paperwork to assist with this attribution.

One of the greatest pieces of automotive design, the '37 Lincoln Zephyr, specifically in its two-door coupe form will always be coveted and rightly so, this adds to the mystique with its French supply.
<b>1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe</b><br />Engine no. 8351
<b>1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe</b><br />Engine no. 8351
<b>1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe</b><br />Engine no. 8351
<b>1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe</b><br />Engine no. 8351
<b>1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe</b><br />Engine no. 8351
<b>1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe</b><br />Engine no. 8351
<b>1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe</b><br />Engine no. 8351
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