Lot 47

2017   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2017

1941 Lincoln Zephyr

SOLD $154,000


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



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.