For 1935, Ford Motor Company president Edsel Ford unveiled his plan for an all-new brand of luxury car that he needed to fill the-ever widening gap between top line Fords and the ultra-exclusive Lincoln K series. The all-new Lincoln-Zephyr was meant to be a lower-priced and less expensive alternative to the full-fledged Lincoln, but one that still carried the cachet of a V12 engine and impeccable style. Thanks to the efforts of the masterful stylist Eugene “Bob” Gregorie, the Zephyr was graced with a gorgeous streamlined body, characterized by its pronounced prow and flowing waterfall-like grilles. It is often considered to be the first commercially successful American streamlined car, compared to the relative failure of the Chrysler Airflow. Particularly in coupe form, the Lincoln Zephyr is seen by many as one of the most beautiful mass-produced American automobiles. But the Zephyr’s beauty was more than skin deep. It was a true luxury car with plenty of equipment and a full twelve cylinder engine under the hood. The John Tjaarda-designed 70 degree V12 was derived from the Ford Flathead V8, and boasted 110hp from 267 cubic inches. Like most V12s of the period it was noted for its
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