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Lot 103

1955 Lincoln Capri Convertible

  • Chassis no. 55WA24881H

Sold for $46,750

225 bhp, 341 cu. in. V-8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, Lincoln “Turbo Drive” automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123"

• From the first year of “Turbo Drive” availability

• Fascinating history, careful preservation

• Highly original survivor

Introduced for 1952, the upscale Capri model line represented both Lincoln’s effort to capitalize on the decline of Packard and its challenge to Cadillac. By April 1955, Lincoln enjoyed new status as a separate Ford Motor Company division with the formation of Lincoln-Mercury, while its stunning successes in the dangerous Carrera Panamericana road race during 1952, 1953 and 1954 brought many engineering improvements as well.

Offered in remarkably original condition with just two private owners from new, including a prominent Colorado collector, this 1955 Lincoln Capri Convertible is one of just 1,487 examples produced. Interestingly, a noted university professor, who was involved in ballistic missile research during the Cold War, purchased it new. He took meticulous care of his Capri, and following his death in 1964, the car was carefully stored until 1988 when the most recent private owner acquired it.

Specially ordered without any power amenities, this remarkably original Capri is powered by a 341-cubic inch “Fleet Power” V-8 engine delivering 225 horsepower, mated to the Lincoln “Turbo-Drive” automatic transmission, which was first introduced for 1955. Its mostly original exterior finish remains quite attractive with few imperfections, complemented by presentable brightwork, white painted steel wheels, full wheel covers and a recent set of reproduction B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tires. While the convertible top does exhibit some discoloration and minor staining in places, it is complete and quite presentable nonetheless, with a new plastic rear window recently installed.

The well-preserved original interior features white and aqua blue leather upholstery, as well as a clock and an optional AM radio and heater. Recent mechanical improvements include a new dual exhaust system and restoration of the braking system. With its rarity, fascinating history and careful, long-term ownership and preservation, this 1955 Lincoln Capri Convertible is a rare find among American postwar automobiles.

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