1948 Lincoln Convertible

Introduced in November of 1935 as a 1936 model, the Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely modern with a low raked windscreen, integrated fenders, and aerodynamic design. It is noted for being one of the first successful streamlined cars after the Chrysler Airflow. The Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely successful in reigniting sales at Lincoln dealerships in the late 1930s, spawning the Continental line that would replace the aging K-series by the end of the decade. By 1941, Lincoln-Zephyr, Continental, and the Zephyr-based Custom line were the only models offered at Lincoln dealerships.

Production of all American cars halted in 1942 as the country entered World War II, with Lincoln producing the last Lincoln-Zephyr on January 31. After the war, most makers restarted production of their pre-war lines, and Lincoln was no exception. The Zephyr name, however, was no longer used after 1942, with the cars simply called Lincolns. The Zephyr was powered by a small V12 engine developed from Ford's Flathead V8 and unrelated to the previous Lincoln V12 engines. The side-valve engine was quite compact, especially compared to the tall L-head Lincoln 12, allowing a low hood. The 1936 to 1939 models were 267 in with hydraulic lifters added in 1938. 1940 and 1941 cars used an enlarged 292 in engine, while 1942 and early 1946 models used a 306 in. Late 1946 to 1948 Lincolns based on the Zephyr used a 292 in. The original engine had 110 hp and gave the car a top speed of 90 miles per hour . The body was monocoque construction and very rigid, but surprisingly light for its size. The first model had a weight of 3,350 lb.

Suspension was transverse springs front and rear, already seen as outdated when the car was introduced. Brakes were cable-activated for 1936 to 1938; 1939 and onwards were hydraulic. The Zephyr was the first Ford product to have an all-steel roof.

This nice example is a solid older restoration that runs and drives without fault. The car is finished in a desirable color combination, and is a very attractive car with its low slung rear end. These cars are actually more rare than their continental brethren, and this represents a rare opportunity to acquire a desirabel car affordably.


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Asking $47,500.

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