1937 LINCOLN ZEPHYR
El Monte, CA
Crate 350 small-block with Walter Prosper air filter cover, K&N air filter, Edelbrock intake, Holly carburetor, and ball milled valve covers
Fatman Mustang II frontend with disc brakes in the front, AccuAir airbags all around
16-inch wheels with modified original hubcaps and whitewall Firestone
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.