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Lincoln Zephyr Introduction at the Prestigious Pinehurst Country Club

The all new and modern-looking 1936 Lincoln Zephyr designed by Eugene Gregorie was introduced early in November of 1935. Powered by a new 276 c.i. V-12 L-head engine that produces 110 h.p. the Zephyr featuring streamlined unibody construction bridged the gap between the Ford and the Lincoln Model K. Earlier design studies by John Tjaarda influenced Gregorie’s design. Fifteen-thousand of the popular four-door sedan and coupe models were produced in the first year of the Zephyr’s four year production run.

Today’s image dated 1936 shows an introduction of the new Zephyr and Model K Lincolns at the clubhouse of the Pinehurst Country Club established in 1895, located in Pinehurst, North Carolina. View three earlier posts featuring classic cars at the Country Club’s Polo Matches in the early-1930s.

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16 responses to “Lincoln Zephyr Introduction at the Prestigious Pinehurst Country Club

  1. I don’t have my ref. materials in front of me, guys–did the 3-pass coupe appear in `37, a year later? I don’t see one among the cars on display here.

    (The 3-window coupe is my favorite art-deco car design.)

  2. As it appears that all people are gathered at the front of the car with the hood open, I would guess a representative from Lincoln is giving a talk about the benefits of the V12.

  3. I don’t know much about Lincolns of this vintage, so I’ll leave that to the experts here. First picture Upper Left: Those windows inside fireplace chimneys just seem wrong when you see them.

  4. Although very sleek for the times, it still had problems with that L-head design, hot spots from the exhaust port routing and poor oil circulation. And then we have this fairly capable car burdened with cable actuated brakes and already outdated suspension! Such a nice looking car deserved better and the V-12 idea really had some potential.

  5. Any of the well-healed patrons who were inspecting the new Lincoln-Zephyr were likely quickly disappointed when after purchase they discovered that driving it in the fashion they had their old Lincoln V-12 wasn’t a pleasant experience. Folks who were used to leaving their big Lincoln in high gear, slowing to a walking pace, then easily motoring away to speed without mechanic distress found the short-stroke H-Series V-12 would not do so. Instead, their stylish new car protested such treatment with droning sounds, poor performance and a trail of blue oil smoke quickly developing.

    In the Lincoln-Zephyr’s defense, were it not for it, the Lincoln brand would have died with the last 1939 Model K.

    • I drove a 1936 sedan daily from Thanksgiving to early June while restoring a car for clients in Florida in 1987 to’88. In spite of not having a lot of low end torque it was a very nice car that drove quite well.

      • No doubt the Lincoln-Zephyr is a pleasant car to drive as long as one understands its limitations and practices the correct method of gear selection and sufficient engine revolutions to do the job. Problem was, in its period of current usage, upper-medium priced and luxury segment customers were accustomed to long-stroke, low-rev engines generating high levels of torque that minimized the need for gear shifting, nearly to allow one to drive as if the car had an automatic transmission. Gear shifting was an uncomfortable challenge for much of the population, especially in urban settings, an engine which accommodated a reduced need for that contributed much to the sales of those cars.

  6. A story about how Lincoln came into being , the Liberty V12 aircraft engine and the automotive V12’s might be of interest. A story with a whiff of politics though.

  7. A good friends’s father bought one every other year from introduction through start of WWII – he had to travel from St. Louis to Cincinnati for work (he was a brewmaster) – he said his father loved them, but cylinder head problems plagued them from the start.

    I would have liked to have seen that K – looks perhaps painted silver and …. – stunning !

  8. In 1922 Pinehurst was the nation’s first non-smoking private club, with designated smokers’ rooms on the second floor…

  9. My first recollection of any car was my Dad’s ’39 Zephyr sedan, black 4 door, wide whites. He worked at the Ford dealer in Iron Mountain, MI and got a deal on the car after the original owner gave up on the car’s oil burning habit. Still a classy looking automobile.

  10. Sometime around 1951-53 a silver Zephyr coupe was kept in a rented garage in Newark N.Y., not far from my home. On occasion an elderly woman would arrange for the local Ford dealer not far down the street to pick up and service the beautiful coupe and she would arrive from somewhere by bus. No doubt the elderly woman had relatives or business in the area. It was a treat to see this car, and even back then we knew it was special. Quite often we would peak in to the windows of the garage to make sure it was still there. One day we checked, and it was gone and it and the owner were never to be seen again.
    Over the years I wondered what happened to the woman and car and later I would own a ’38 Zephyr 4 door, purchased partly because of those memories.

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