This set of photos was taken in the Ford Styling Department that was directed at the time by Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie. They are obviously design studies for future Lincoln Continental or Zephyr models. The photo above is dated July 17, 1939, and the lower photo is dated November 27, 1939. The sedan below was a scale model and another similar photo exists of this very same design, but with the drivers compartment featuring an open top, as was used in earlier Town Car designs.
As many of our readers know much more about the designs of this period than your Editor who knows early cars, I have decided for a change of pace to let our readers tell us the story. What exactly was the design studio showing us here, and did any of the detail design elements on either study, such as seen with the spare tire concept above ever see the light of day? Photos courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum.