1937 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe ----- Restoration Site
2009 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance
Engine components
Hub puller
1937 Lincoln-Zephyr tools
Heater systems

Vintage ad for a 1937 Lincoln-Zephyr coupe...


... and the finished car


July 2013 Update

Rita  is now semi-retired from concours and major show duty, but she had a helluva run, racking up 6 major awards and 7600 miles in the 4 years since she was put back on the road in 2009. Even 70+ years later, the styling efforts of E.T. Gregorie and Edsel Ford stand out.

  • Best in Class (Swoopy Coupes), 2009 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance
  • Best in Class (American Production, 1925-1948), 2011 Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance
  • Best in Class (American Classics, 1935 - 1948) & Best Closed Car, Pre-War,  2012 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
  • Best in Class (Pre-War Production), 2013 Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance
  • First Junior and Senior, AACA 2010
  • 2010 AACA National Award (Best Ford, 1932-1948)
A lot of people helped out with the restoration, but the bulk of the credit has to go to Ed Spagnolo and Augie Vagnini at Color-Ite and Charlie Uzanas at Interior Motives.  Thanks to them, I can look forward to many years of Zephyring!

Below are some videos of the car in action:

A video walk around the car

Driving a Zephyr at speed

More driving (and instruments)

Original style interior (but w/ seatbelts!)

Early shot of Edsel's styling / Henry's mechanics

Earlier shot of engine in progress


A little bit of history
The Lincoln-Zephyr was the first moderately priced Lincoln, introduced for 1936 in an effort to keep the marque alive during the Great Depression.  Yet despite its cheaper price (still twice that of a regular Ford), the Zephyr had several things going for it:  leading edge streamlined styling, a V-12 engine, unibody construction (a first for Ford), and the Lincoln name.
  It was an unqualified success, with 1937 production just under 30,000 units.  The look evolved over the years, developing a smoother front end in 1938 and 1939, and a somewhat more conservative, yet still swoopy, shape for 1940 and 1941.  The Zephyr also served as the jumping off point for the 1940-41 Lincoln Continentals, recognized as Full Classics.
   Starting in 1942, the Zephyr adopted boxier styling more in line with that of Cadillac, a trend that continued after WWII, at which time the Zephyr name was dropped altogether.  For a look at all these great cars, check out the picture gallery at lzoc.org.

1936 Lincoln-Zephyr sedan. Across all years, the sedan was by far the largest seller.

Early promotional photos of a sleek 1937 3-window coupe. 5199 of these coupes were made that year.

Favorite Links

Lincoln Zephyr Owners' Club website

Some facts and figures about the 1937 Lincoln-Zephyrs

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