The reason this 1930s Art Deco Classic Car icon is still the most popular in 2023

This 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe Is Pure Automotive Elegance

Built from 1936 until U.S. car production halted due to WWII in 1942, the Lincoln Zephyr came in various body styles with production numbers totaling around 21,000 units. However, only a single engine option was available in its 6-year production cycle – a 4.4 Liter flathead V12 producing 110 HP through a 3-speed manual transmission.

However, this particular Lincoln Zephyr has had extensive restoration work done to it. It was bought as a rolling shell with no engine and instead of trying to source an original V12, the owner instead fitted a 350 cu. in. small-block Chevrolet V8 from a Corvette. He also replaced most of the running gear, engine supports, and front subframe.

The owner doesn’t specify which generation of Corvette, but we assume it is from either a C3 or C4, so power could range from 195 to around 330 HP. The bodywork, meanwhile, was in very rough shape before the restoration, with the car having no paint and surface rust on nearly every panel.

The owner says that working on the car taught him a great deal about body prep. With the help of some of his friends, he actually extended the front and rear arches outward two inches while also adding wider running boards along the sides.

How Much Is A Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe?

A black slammed Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
via YouTube via Supercar Sunday

This Zephyr Coupe also sits far lower than standard, giving it somewhat of a slammed hot rod look. Along with the streamlined rear wheel covers, speed line chrome prow grille, and the gloss black paint job, this Zephyr coupe looks like it belongs to a Film Noir villain. The total time for the build was around six years though the owner says that it took three solid years of intensive work for the whole thing to come together.

Prices for 1939 Lincoln Zephyrs range pretty wildly, however, with the average price being around $93,000 according to With that in mind, the owner of this Zephyr Coupe says he has no intention to ever sell. We’re sure there are plenty of prospective buyers, though, as Dustin can barely get through the interview without someone interrupting and asking about the project.

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