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Lot 52

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1941 Lincoln Zephyr

SOLD $214,500

Estimate

$250,000 - $300,000

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
Beautifully Restored
Exquisitely Finished with a Lincoln Custom Interior

Technical Specs

292 CID V-12 Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
120 HP at 3,600 RPM
3-Speed Manual Transmission with 2-Speed Borg-Warner Electric Overdrive
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Solid Axle Front Suspension, Live Axle Rear Suspension
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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, Fobair sponsored an extensive, fully documented frame-up restoration.

The current owner acquired the car in 2012 and added a fresh coat of black paint – its original color – installed new tires and upholstery, and had the instrument panel refinished. Subsequently, it won a number of awards, including the Dearborn Medallion Award for Authenticity at the Early Ford V-8 Club 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.