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With a celebrated history in building aircraft engines, Lincoln built powerful yet conservative automobiles through the 1920s. In the mid-1930s Edsel Ford teamed with John Tjaarda to create the Lincoln-Zephyr, which headlined at the New York Auto Show in 1936. A masterpiece of Art Deco design, the Zephyr’s teardrop silhouette with chrome trim, elliptical side windows, and baleen grille was widely appreciated, and it fast became one of Lincoln’s best-selling automobiles.
This streamlined coupe underwent a cosmetic and mechanical restoration performed by Custom Classics by Aubrey in Lancaster, California, which was completed in May 2012. The work performed included upgrading the brakes and air-conditioning, overhauling the engine, and refinishing the exterior in black, which magnificently highlights the chrome trim and svelte lines of this beautiful Zephyr. In addition, the interior was reupholstered in sumptuous black leather and accented with smart black-and-white houndstooth fabric. Less than 500 miles have been driven since the restoration was completed.
The Zephyr was recognized in its day as a superbly designed and sophisticated automobile. This lovely example of the marque offers the aesthetic appeal of the Art Deco era as well as an ultimately stylish experience.