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The Lincoln Zephyr, named for a Greek westerly wind, is invariably a delightful sight, but this one is especially glorious in its unusual and attractive Khaki Tan paint with sumptuous Tobacco leather interior. The Zephyr was designed in the mid-1930s at the specific request of Edsel Ford, who hoped to breathe new life into the Lincoln brand. Following its debut at the New York Auto Show in 1936, the Zephyr soon became Lincoln’s best seller.
This 1940 example was once owned by Charles “Chuck” Cochran, former president of the Airflow Club of America, who kept it as his showcase car. Later, the Zephyr was sold to Stan Block, proprietor of High Point Restorations in Phoenix, a firm that has won five Gordon Buehrig awards and numerous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® accolades. During Mr. Block’s ownership, the car underwent an extensive multiyear restoration to take it back to factory specifications. The restored Zephyr was then purchased by an Arizona collector, who had a passion for important examples of American automotive design, before being acquired by the consignor.
The Zephyr is an undisputed icon of the Art Deco period, and this car is a testament to the brilliance of automobile styling in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Nicely presented, technically advanced, and offered today from one of the most important car collections in the world, this Zephyr is the very embodiment of rolling sculpture.