1938 Lincoln Zephyr for sale for $180,000
All steel, Lincoln V12, correct Lincoln 3 speed manual Toploader transmission, Columbia 2 speed rear end, original transverse suspension, original wheels and hub caps, rare wind wings factory option, original jack and tool kit… restored to factory spec.
A bit of history to bring you up to speed… Introduced on November 2, 1935 as a 1936 model, the Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely modern with a low raked windscreen, integrated fenders, and streamlined aerodynamic design, which influenced the name “zephyr”, derived from the Greek word zephyrus, or the god of the west wind. It was one of the first successful streamlined cars of the era… the Lincoln-Zephyr actually had the best airflow, due in part to the prow-like front grille on the Zephyr, reflecting the popular of leisure speedboats like Chris-Craft. The Lincoln-Zephyr succeeded in reigniting sales at Lincoln dealerships in the late 1930s. Annual production for any year model from 36-41 was not large with only 2600 P3 coupes made in 1938. Production of all American cars halted in 1942 as the country entered World War II, with Lincoln producing the last Lincoln Zephyr on February.
The Zephyr was designed by John Tjaarda, who was fascinated with airplanes, resulting in unibody construction relatively light and rigid for its size and a built with aerodynamic drag in mind. The Zephyr is powered by a V12 engine developed from Ford’s Flathead V8. The valve-in-block flathead engine was quite compact, allowing a low hood. The 1936 to 1939 models were 267 in³ with hydraulic lifters added in this model being the 38.
Suspension was Henry Ford-era transverse springs front and rear, with dead axle front and torque tube rear, rakes are cable-activated. The Zephyr was the first Ford product to have an all-steel roof, with the exception of the late 1931 Model AA truck.
The survival rate for Zephyr convertible and coupes of all years is said to be probably no more than 1 percent of original production but the word is there are only approx 150 of these P3 coupes left from 37 to 39 left in existence.
If you know these cars you’ll know the 37,38 and 39 are the worlds most desirable models of the Lincoln Zephyr range. So about this car… We have history back to 1989 when it was purchased by a gentleman named Marvin from a Good Guys swap meet in Plesanton California as the sunburnt and dry original car you see in the pictures amount the listing… interestingly the brochure for a following swap meet features a photo of that swap meet with this Zephyr on a trailer for sale on the cover. There are several other pictures that accompany the sale of the car taken at the same time on the trailer and it shows this car as purchased in 1989. Now the guy that purchased the Zephyr in 89 worked away and did a full restoration on this car and completed it in 1998, exactly as you see it now… He had a small collection of rare vintage vehicles, in all that time he’d only put approx 750 miles on the Zephyr and it was on display for the most part of its restored life until his health failed him and his brother helped him put the car on the market… Enter our current owner and collector… late 2017 our current owner went about souring a Zephyr from America, as rare as they are, in his travels he found two examples and struggled to make a decision as to which one to import… the only obvious decision to make was to purchase both. Both Zephyr’s have sat in a very cool collection of unique cars and early Flathead Fords. This car is car is only going on the market as he had made another very rare acquisition so is offering this car to the open market. Genuine inquiries only please.
Located at SEVEN82MOTORS Classic’s, Lowriders & Muscle cars, specializing in Australian & American car sales and available to view in the showroom at 132 Spencer Road, Nerang on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
To Buy, Sell or Consign, please call us on 0755 966 566 or 0416407540 with inquires.
PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle is being sold on consignment and there is no cooling off period or warranty on consignment vehicles.