In 1938, the Lincoln Zephyr was completely restyled into a more futuristic look and by 1939, it got another futuristic update that includes a new hood, a hood ornament was added. The side trim was chromed, the front fenders and headlamp lenses were redesigned. The front bumper was taken away and smooth skirts for the rear wheel wells created a very sleek and elegant profile.
This featured street rod is a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr known as “the Zemi” which is among the 2,100 3-window coupes that was produced in 193 and is currently being sold by a private seller and says that it had undergone an “extensive six-year rotisserie project with no expense spared.”
The nickname Zemi is the combination of the nameplate “Zephyr” and its engine which is a “Hemi”, a 426 Chrysler Hemi crate engine to be exact. The 426 Hemi is connected to a 727A automatic transmission and then to a 9-inch positraction 3.59 rear end. This Zemi has a PPG Emerald City Green finish and the inside is covered with ostrich and crocodile leather. It was featured in the season 17, episode 19 of “My Classic Car” when host Dennis Gage visited the 2013 Somernites Cruise event in Somerset, Kentucky.
According to the seller, he spent around 2 weeks to build the custom grill which is made of TIG-welded stainless steel. The Zemi’s headlights were taken from a Mini cooper. For a comfortable cruising, the car is mounted on AirRide suspension. The length of the fenders have been increased to about 7 inches and the pop-up fuel door has been well hidden that blends very well it is closed. The roof and the single gauge have not been tampered and are all original.
The Zemi also features a “disappearing license plate” and rear-hinged “suicide” doors. According to the seller, this car has received a number of awards that include:
- NSRA North’s Outstanding Use of Color
- NSRA North’s Pick of the Show
- World of Wheels Chicago’s Outstanding Custom Rod
- World of Wheels Indianapolis’ Master Builders Award
- Cavalcade of Customs’ Class Win from Cincinnati
This one of a kind 1939 Lincoln Zephyr is currently at Science Hill, Kentucky, and the seller is asking for $385,000. It still has some other hidden tricks that the seller will be happy to go through every one of them to anyone who is serious about buying this beautiful emerald green classic cruiser.
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