Reportedly only 725 of these 1941 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Convertible models were built with only 14 still known to exist according to the Lincoln Zephyr Owners Club.
This was one of the sweetest rides you could by in 1941. Imagine the looks back in the day, to drive a sporty luxury convertible and these prestigious Lincoln Zephyr models were all of that and more. The Zephyr was Lincoln's response to the depression and one of major significance. It was seen as the first successfully designed streamlined car available in the U.S. and was powered by a water cooled 4784cc (292c.i.) V12 engine on a 125" wheelbase! Vacuum assisted brakes were standard, important for stopping well for such a large car, and a 3 speed gearbox was matched to a Columbia two speed rear axle. Introduced in 1936 and structurally revised for 1940 and heavily face lifted, not for the better, in 1942. It returned after the war as a warmed up continuation but without the Zephyr name.
You will be hard pressed to find anyone to dispute that the 1941 Lincoln Zephyr is one of the most elegant automobiles ever to roll off the Lincoln assembly line. More than almost 80 years later they are one of the few such models still as attractive today as they were to buyers when new. Of all the elegant models produced, the convertible is the rarest with reportedly only 725 manufactured and with only 14 are thought to remain according to the LZOC. The car was built on a 125 inch wheelbase channel section frame with a central X crossmember. Inside bench seats dressed in Maroon leather seat four comfortably and the car boasts a woodgrain instrument panel that houses the standard array of gauges in a beautiful period Art Deco theme with its original AM radio! The clock matching the speedometer dresses up the passenger side and the car has original factory added options of both the AM Radio and Heater and side mirror.
Moving this nearly 4,000 pound convertible is its original V12 engine mated to its original standard column shift 3 speed manual transmission which featured synchronized second and third gears. This rare Lincoln will still run down the road at freeway speeds with no hesitation, she has no wobbles or creaks. This car is an all steel car. She has obviously been in a private collection in a controlled environment for many years. Please keep in mind that only some 725 of these rare models were built in 1941, the last full year of production before the war, making these particular '41 cars extremely collectible and prized amongst Zephyr enthusiasts.
This particular example was beautifully repainted some years ago in Enamel paint which was fully sanded and buffed by its long time collector owner/restorer in it's original and correct 'Zephyr Blue' color which is stunningly striking along with its white wall tires and Zephyr wheels. The 'Maroon' leather interior with wool carpets has also been faithfully reupholstered and is in absolutely exceptional condition throughout and the correct factory canvas power Tan top is also in exceptional condition. There are reportedly less than 300 miles on the car since it's unibody (body welded to the frame) cosmetic and mechanical restoration. This is a rust free car that retains all of its original body panels including floors, rockers, and trunk with very straight panels. That factor is extremely important on a unibody designed car such as this. Completely restored from the ground up mechanically, cosmetically, and correctly. All the chrome has been replated to show quality including top bows, seat hardware, etc. Gauge cluster and the woodgrain also fully restored. All new reproduction cloth bound wiring harness.
The car was originally purchased on May 20th 1941 at 'Foss Hughes Lincoln Mercury' of Philadelphia, PA and will be sold with it's very rare original assembly plant record and 'Lincoln Automobile Record' showing an assembly date of May 16th, 1941. Foss Hughes was a 'Pierce Arrow' dealer and when 'Pierce Arrow' went out of business they became a 'Lincoln Mercury' dealer. The floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas are completely solid and rust-free and the car has has no signs of any accidents - a razor straight body and obviously an always garaged and cherished car since new with no rust! The original spare wheel and tire and factory tools are still located in their rightful storage place in the trunk.
The original V12 292 c.i. engine is extremely strong and powerful and this particular car drives magnificently - must be driven to be fully appreciated - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will give any modern day car a run for it's money!
This is a rare opportunity to own a beautifully restored and and never abused example of an obviously always garaged and rust free 1941 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Convertible, this is definitely a car you can show today and which is undisputedly very rare, highly desirable, and a superb collectible and unabused example of one of the outstanding designs of the early forties pre-war art deco period!
This is one very desirable pre-war classic car for any classic American car enthusiast or collector to add to his collection, a very honest and fully restored, both cosmetically and mechanically, example of a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Convertible and a sure-fire investment that's sure to appreciate over the years for any classic American car collector or Lincoln Zephyr enthusiast!