1937 LIN­COLN ZE­PHYR

Low Rider - - LOWRIDER -

OWNER

David Novelo

NICK­NAME

Zo­phya

CITY/STATE

El Monte, CA

ENGINE

Crate 350 small-block with Wal­ter Pros­per air fil­ter cover, K&N air fil­ter, Edel­brock in­take, Holly car­bu­re­tor, and ball milled valve covers

BODY/PAINT

Gar­net Mar­ron

SUS­PEN­SION

Fat­man Mus­tang II fron­tend with disc brakes in the front, Ac­cuAir airbags all around

WHEELS/TIRES

16-inch wheels with mod­i­fied orig­i­nal hub­caps and white­wall Fire­stone

IN­TE­RIOR

Mo­hair

SOUND

Pi­o­neer stereo, 6x9-inch speak­ers, Au­diobahn amp, and two 12-inch Xtant sub­woofers

Still hope­ful and to no avail, he tried to con­vince the owner to sell it to him since he had cash in hand and a trailer ready to go. “I was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed that he said no, but I can def­i­nitely re­spect him for be­ing a man of his word,” David says.

Ul­ti­mately, the first buyer wound up buy­ing the car, and in what was prob­a­bly an at­tempt to ease the awk­ward­ness of the sit­u­a­tion, the seller asked David what kind of other cars he was in­ter­ested in. It turns out the seller had a pretty siz­able col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of Mercs, a few ’50s, a few ’30s, a Rivi, and as he ram­bled on he heard “'37 Lin­coln Ze­phyr.” In an in­stance, David be­gan to ask more ques­tions about the Ze­phyr and that con­ver­sa­tion took him on a jour­ney up to Santa Maria to see it in per­son. “A '37 Ze­phyr was on top of my bucket list of cars that I wanted and the op­por­tu­nity just fell in my lap!” David says, as he goes into the story. Upon his ar­rival, there it was, his dreams were within arm’s reach, but the ask­ing price a lot fur­ther. Know­ing that he couldn’t af­ford it, David man­aged to work out a deal in which he would give up a '36 Ford coupe on top of some cash—and the deal was done.

A bit weath­ered and show­ing signs of ag­ing, the Ze­phyr was in oth­er­wise good con­di­tion. Look­ing to breathe life and lus­ter back into the paint, it was dropped off to Richie Valles where he doused the car with a fresh coat. Since the car was pre­vi­ously bagged, the sys­tem was dated so they re­placed it with a new unit, al­low­ing the car to sit even lower than be­fore. To elim­i­nate what lit­tle was left of the rub­ber in the wheel­wells, David swapped out the 15-inch ar­tillery wheels for a set of 16s and had the orig­i­nal hub­caps mod­i­fied to fit.

Since com­plet­ing the Ze­phyr, it’s seen its fair share of ac­tion. Hardly one to sit around, David says he’s not a fan of con­ven­tional car shows, which is why you’ll most likely spot him on a cruise or tak­ing it out to the gro­cery store. But amidst all the eyes he at­tracts are also a good amount of of­fers to buy the car—all of which are gra­ciously de­nied, but who could blame him? In the past decade, the Ze­phyr may have fell off the radar and ex­pe­ri­enced a tu­mul­tuous sales his­tory, but not now. In the past few years the in­ter­est in the Ze­phyr has brought about a re­vival to not only its past but its pric­ing, and that’s a good thing for David.

The Lin­coln Ze­phyr was a mid­size lux­ury car that com­peted with Cadil­lacs, LaSalles, Chrysler Airstreams, and the Packard One-Twenty.

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