Lincoln-Zephyr, like its creator, has a rich and storied history. This particular nameplate first debuted in 1936, on the glorious fenders of the successful Ford Zephyr. It is important not to confuse Ford Zephyr or Mercury Zephyr with Lincoln-Zephyr. All three are separate nameplates with distinct features. It’s obvious, isn’t it, that the Zephyr brand was a successful and ubiquitous Ford product. It was first introduced in 1935 before taking on the Lincoln nameplate the following model year.
The 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr shares the luxurious heritage of its lineage. As the name already suggests, the car was built by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. It would be the last Lincoln-Zephyr, as its production ended in 1942. “The last of the line” is a significant record, but the 1937 Lincoln-Zephyr was the most sought after Zephyr model due to its decidedly aesthetic sleek and aerodynamic. .
The Lincoln-Zephyr model line gave rivals like Packard One-Twenty and Chrysler Airflow a hard time by straddling Ford V8 DeLuxe and Lincoln Model K, consolidating the power and price of the two brands into one. In fact, Lincoln led the way in fantastic-looking luxury cars in the 1930s.
As you may have noticed, “Lincoln-Zephyr” sounds like a merger of two brands, which it was. The Lincoln-Zephyr came after Ford absorbed Lincoln Motor Company, making it an all-Ford product with full instrumentation. The 1941 model was available in sedan, coupe, convertible, and club coupe versions.
Key Features of the 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr
Lincoln-Zephyr is credited as the inspiration behind Lincoln’s oldest marquee, the Lincoln Continental. The automaker dropped the Zephyr name after World War II, but continued to build cars based on the Lincoln-Zephyr platform.
One of the defining ways Lincoln-Zephyr stood out from its competitors was having a V12 engine, where others strutted around in V8s and inline-8s. The small cast iron 75° cylinder block V12 was not the same V12 engine powering the Lincoln K-Series. Ford replaced the Lincoln K-Series with custom lincoln from 1941 to 1942, the same production years as the 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr.
Zephyr’s 4.8L V12 was based on Ford’s Flathead V8. Granted, it wasn’t the best engine technology, but its compact qualities favored a low bonnet. Zephyr is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive with a curb weight of 3,835 lbs. The car was much lighter than it looked. The engine could produce 118 hp at 3,500 rpm and 220 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm.
The engine was linked to a column-mounted 3-stage synchronized slipper transmission system. The suspension system consisted of front and rear transverse springs with a front dead axle, rear torque tube and hydraulic brakes.
As mentioned earlier, the 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr was offered in various versions. They include a 2-door 5-seater coupe, a 4-door 5-seater town car, a 2-door 6-seater convertible club coupe, a 2-door 3-seater coupe and a 4-door 6-seater sedan. The 4-door sedan was by far the best-selling of the versions, with 14,469 sales in total. The Brunn-designed Town Car version was the lowest-selling, with only 5 units built.
During its two years of production, the 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr sold 17,756 units. With the exception of the 1931 AA truck, the Lincoln-Zephyr was the very first Ford vehicle to feature an all-steel roof. The car’s unibody construction was due to John Tjaarda’s (Zephyr’s designer) fascination with airplanes. It featured a low-rake windshield, integrated fenders, and a low drag coefficient. The 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr is an all-American car assembled at the Lincoln Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
How much is the 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr worth today?
Lincoln-Zephyr cars were a commercial success. They accounted for a good portion of Lincoln vehicle sales in the 1930s and early 1940s. Lincoln didn’t build many Zephyrs for each model year, per se, but the models generated most of the list’s sales of the company each year.
The first model year Lincoln-Zephyr sold 15,000 units, or 80% of all Lincoln vehicle sales that year. The original MSRP of the most popular 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr trim – the 4-door sedan – was $1,493, approximately $29,521 in today’s money. In general, the versions had prices ranging from $1,430 to $1,800.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to shell out $29,000 for a premium luxury sedan, say a 2020 Lincoln Continental? We’d love that too, but the reality is $42,305; that’s the starting price of a new base 2020 Lincoln Continental. The price goes up to $70,205 for the Black Label Continental. Luckily, the 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr is an upscale classic that you can pick up for under $30,000 on a good day.
Visit ClassicCars.Com and you could find 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr sedans for as low as $29,995 or as high as $62,995. Nearly $70,000 is no joke, but given that this pre-war 2-door 5-seat coupe has about 12 that are said to still be intact around the world, the value of this car doesn’t add up. has only one trajectory – upwards.
Remember what we said about the 4-door 6-seat sedan being the top-selling version? That’s because Ford built over 14,000 of them, which means you’re more likely to nab a 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr 6-seat, 4-door coupe than a 2-door, 5-passenger coupe that doesn’t. produced only 178.
With the exception of the Brunn Lincoln-Zephyr Town Car, the 2-door coupe is the rarest 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr. Be careful, “rare” does not automatically translate to “best”. Want advice on your quest for a 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr or a rare classic? Conduct your own research based on your noble intentions (collecting) or your not-so-noble intentions (buying to sell for profit).
By the way, they resumed manufacturing the Zephyr. The modernized luxury brand is already past the concept stage, although the US market may have to wait a long time while the sedan appeals to the Chinese market.
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