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Lot 47

2017   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2017

1941 Lincoln Zephyr

SOLD $154,000

Estimate

$225,000 - $250,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

H120055

Car Highlights

Display Car at the Ford 100th Anniversary Celebration
Exceptional Example of the Art Deco Era
Multiple National Awards, Including 10 Best of Shows
Exquisitely Finished with a Lincoln Custom Interior
One of the Finest Zephyrs in Existence

Technical Specs

292 CID V-12 Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
120 HP at 3,600 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox with 2-Speed Borg-Warner Electric Overdrive
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Solid Axle Front Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
Live-Axle Rear Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
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In 2003, this exceptional 1941 Zephyr was invited to be a display car at Ford Motor Company’s 100th Anniversary Celebration – a tribute to this particular car and to the model, considered a standard-bearer of the Art Deco era. This car’s Henry Ford Museum Certificate states that it was delivered on February 5, 1941, and came complete with gold-plated hardware, painted wood-grained instrument panel, and shadow-striped broadcloth wool upholstery.

Little is known about the Zephyr’s earliest years; however, by 1951, Harold Girton, a retired mechanic, acquired the car. By 1976, the Zephyr sat in a brickyard in Gering, Nebraska, seemingly abandoned. That’s when Bill Fobair found and purchased it; on the advice of Charles Imboden, then president of the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club, Mr. Fobair sponsored an extensive, fully documented frame-up restoration.

Under the ownership of an enthusiast from 2012 to 2016, a show-level coat of black paint – its original color – was added, new cloth upholstery was installed, and the instrument panel was refinished. The Zephyr subsequently won the prestigious Dearborn Medallion Award for Authenticity at the Early Ford V-8 Club of America in 2013 and 2014, the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance Best in Class Award in 2015, and Best 1936 to 1948 Lincoln from the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club at the 2015 Western National Meet. Quintessentially Art Deco and highly authentic, this 1941 Zephyr is both rare and ultimately collectible.