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.