1939 Lincoln Zephyr
The Lincoln-Zephyr is a marque that was used for the lower-priced line of luxury cars in the Lincoln line from 1936 until 1940. Lincoln-Zephyr and Mercury, introduced in 1939, bridged the wide gap between Ford’s V-8 De Luxe line and the exclusive Lincoln K-series cars. The 1936 to 1939 models were 267 in³ (4.4 L) with hydraulic lifters added in 1938.
Introduced on November 2, 1935, as a 1936 model, the Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely modern with a low raked windscreen, integrated fenders, and streamlined aerodynamic design. It was one of the first successful streamlined cars after the Chrysler Airflow’s market failure. In fact, the Lincoln-Zephyr actually had a lower coefficient of drag than the Airflow, due in part to the prow-like front end on the Zephyr. The Lincoln-Zephyr succeeded in reigniting sales at Lincoln dealerships in the late 1930s, and from 1941 model year, all Lincolns were Zephyr-based and the Lincoln-Zephyr marque was discontinued. Annual production for any year model was not large, but accounted for a large portion of the Lincoln brand’s sales. In its first year, 15,000 were sold, accounting for 80% of Lincoln’s total sales. – Source: Wikipedia