Cohort Classic: 1937 Lincoln Zephyr Caught In Its Lair

One of our most prolific Cohort posters, TheProfessor47, saw this 1937 Lincoln Zephyr poking its delicious nose out of an open garage. He remembered how much I love the original Zephyr, and have had my eyes open for one. In his words:

Here’s that Zephyr you wanted, Paul. Sadly, I couldn’t get better pictures as I was running late for something and it was parked way back in someone’s driveway. When I returned later, it was gone (probably in the garage). Still, I thought it would be worth sharing, as I’ve never seen another one in the wild.

Sooner or later; it’s inevitable. Now let’s take a closer look at that clean and elegant prow. Does it get any better than this?

If it wasn’t apparent from the top photo, the Zephyr’s exquisite grille has a pattern to it; two horizontal ribs every so often are brighter than the rest of them, breaking up that long prow. I don’t know about you, but I’ve rarely seen a finer grille; a superb balance of boldness and subtlety. The Zephyr was a success, despite its feeble flathead V12 engine, because it hit the sweet spot between the latest in thirties aerodynamic design along with a traditional front end. The lack of that alone is what did the Chrysler Airflow in.

And here’s a better look at that hood ornament which tops it off.

This is obviously the coupe version, and just in case you’re not familiar with its delicious long tail, here’s a refresher.