Saturday, February 11, 2017

1957 Lincoln Capri

Rare, stunning, and gorgeous, this 1957 Lincoln Capri is what dreams are made of. Having spent some time in a private collection in Canada, this Capri has changed hands and moved to sunny and warm Florida. The seller recently revived this beautiful Capri, but is still selling it as a “non-running project”. Desperately needing the tinder love and care of a new owner, to be a true beauty and driver once more. With 6 days remaining, bidding has only reached $1,051. The price will only sky rocket from here. Find this beauty here on ebay out of Dade City, Florida.

With a mighty Y-Block V8, this 1957 model has 368 cubic inches which pumps out 300 horsepower. With some minor areas of concern, the engine and bay overall look to be in nice shape. There is some minor paint wear on the firewall below the brake booster area, and on the upper portion of the firewall towards the passenger side. The paint work in the engine bay looks fair, and there is no rust present. The radiator looks to have been the focus of someone’s rage, or some other happening with its bumpy appearance. Otherwise there is little else to report other than the gaudy modern spark plug wires. Recently revived, I would imagine this Capri may need further fuel system work, and may require a full tune up.

Peeking inside reveals an interesting color way. Wearing blue and green, this interior looks much better in natural sunlight. In the sunlight, it is easier to see that the blue accents the green. In outstanding condition, this interior looks to need nothing. The carpet looks quite plush and the seats are quite inviting as well. It appears the interior of this Capri is mostly, if not completely, original.

Not really described as an original, or a survivor, we suspect this Lincoln may have seen a re-spray in its time. There is no major rust or damage, other than some very minor surface rust on the underside of the doors. There is absolutely no rot, or any significant damage to this classic. The body looks straight as an arrow, and all of the gaps look even.  The paint on the roof slowly fades into the glossy appearance of the rear window. All of the chrome and trim look excellent with no dents, rust, or missing pieces. Getting past appearances, this Capri still needs a solid looking over to inspect and verify that all of its systems are operating at peak performance. When it comes to rare beauties, this 1957 Lincoln Capri has the bases covered. What do you think will be the final hammer price for the rare classic?


1973 Lincoln Continental

This 1973 Lincoln Continental was produced before downsizing began in Detroit, and is a prime example of the massive American luxury car of the era. It’s located in Newnan, Georgia and is advertised here on craigslist for $2,800.
Look at the size of this car! According to the seller, this car was pulled from a barn recently after having been stored since 1988, and with a new battery and cleaned points it fired right up (I’m guessing there was some fresh gasoline involved as well). That’s quite a testimony to early 1970’s Lincoln mechanicals!

Naturally, there’s just as large of a trunk back here, too. I wish the vinyl top had held up as well as the mechanical components. You can see where it’s deteriorated in this pictures. On the bright side, the body shell appears straight and apart from some ripples in the rear bumper, so does the trim.

If you look closely, that top area worries me. There’s also what may be some wisps of rust appearing on the edge of the trunk lid as well.

The interior certainly looks nice, although I think I would have expected leather in a car of this type versus fabric. That being said, the fabric is probably more comfortable. The seller tells us the car has 89,000 miles; I certainly don’t see anything here that would lead me to believe that isn’t true.

The rear seat looks just as nice as the front. As a matter of fact, the seller tells us there are no tears at all–pretty darned good considering the car is 43 years old!

Can you see yourself behind this wheel? I think this would be a nice place to watch the country go by from! We d0n’t see the 460 engine or C6 transmission, but I’ll bet you can barely hear either as long as the exhaust system is intact. What do you think of the price?


No, It’s Not The Lincoln Futura!

Is a half-finished 1973 Lincoln based homage to a 1966 TV program car that was made from a 1955 Lincoln concept car that’s located in a garage considered a barn find? Probably not, but I thought you folks might be interested in this unusual discovery anyway! Perhaps you were intrigued by the Bat Cycle we featured recently but wanted a fourth wheel? In any case, if you would like to see this Chiroptera mobile closer or consider purchasing it, the project is being sold here on eBay. Bidding is currently just below $17,000 but has not yet met the reserve.

Okay, I’ll go ahead and say it–the Batmobile is one of the most iconic cars ever. Many poor attempts have been made to clone it, and some good ones as well. If you are creating something like this, to me it’s all in the details. From what I can tell, this project has been built from a kit that has a lot of the body details, but for it to look correct you’ll need to source a lot of minor components, especially for the interior. All those crime fighting gizmos will take a while to find! Take a look at the prices here if you are curious.

The whitewalls and Lincoln wheel covers are…well…not quite right. It actually should have Rader five spoke aluminum wheels. However, I’m guessing those beautifully formed windshields and rear windows are just right. Cutting the door openings will take a while, especially if you want to get it perfectly right!

Here are some of the interior pieces that have to be finished and installed. While it’s great that these components come with the car, don’t minimize the amount of work this will take. There’s a good reason finished replicas can go for $125,000 – $250,000! While the seller feels the car can be finished for another $30,000, I don’t agree with that figure if you are paying someone to do the work–I think it will be more. But the question is are you willing to pay it to be the “Caped Crusader?” What do you think?


1956 Lincoln Premier Coupe

What a sweet Lincoln! I’m loving the front end and the clean lines. We really haven’t seen many of these big Premiere Coupes in this clean of condition. The seller doesn’t know much about it, as they purchased it at an estate sale. Apparently it was part of a collection that consisted of about a hundred other classics. Based on the condition of this one, I sure would love to see what else was found with it! If you’d love to give this beautiful Lincoln a good home, you can find it here on eBay in Dade City, Florida with a current bid of $5,250 and no reserve!

Since the seller doesn’t know much about it, we have to go off of what we can see with this one. It looks to be in great shape throughout. The paint looks shiny and could be original, but is most likely a respray. I see some rust and pitting issues on the chrome, especially on the rear bumper and trim. The engine is said to run and looks to be the original 368 cui V8.

The interior is looking worn, but usable. I think with some moisturizer and a little care, the leather seats could be enjoyed for many years to come! I love the styling of these cars and their futuristic interiors. They were actually highly influenced by aircraft design, with controls that are reminiscent of what you’d find in an airplane. I only wish this one had air conditioning, simply to have the clear plastic air ducts!



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1976 Lincoln Town Coupe


1954 Lincoln Capri

1954 Lincoln Capri, on loan to The Revs from the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. Photos by author.
From the beginning of December through the end of April, I spend quite a lot of time thinking up serious journalism-related reasons why I need to abandon Vermont, head to Florida and claim a portion of the trip as “business-related” on my taxes.
This year I came up with the perfect excuse: A quick visit to The Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples.
I’d heard a lot about The Revs from friends and read about it in Hemmings contributor Michael Milne’s book, Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions, but I’d never had a chance to check out this storied collection of classics, exotics and historic race cars.
Memorabilia on display in the La Maxima Competencia mini exhibit.
I was especially interested in the Institutes’ mini exhibit La Maxima Competencia, devoted to Mexico’s Carrera Panamericana, which opened in December and runs through April 30. Back in 2004, a few friends and I attempted to tackle the modern Carrera Panamericana armed with a couple of crappy old vehicles, very little money and the dangerously blissful naivete of youth. The experience was completely chewing-on-the-carpet nuts and, as anyone who’s ever competed in the Carrera will attest, it left us a lot poorer, a lot exhausted but mostly babbling semi-coherently about the thrill of driving an old car flat out on public highways in Mexico. (Last summer I published a semi-coherent account of our Carrera adventure, which is available on Amazon, but I’d advise you to skip reading it, save your money and just go run the race yourself.)
The Carrera Panamericana exhibit at The Revs was snuggled in a small corner on the second floor and consisted of just two cars. But if you were going to pick two (and one of them couldn’t be a Mercedes 300 SL), these would be excellent choices: the 1953 Porsche 550 coupe that’s part of the museum’s collection and the 1954 Lincoln Capri that won its class in ’54. (The big Lincoln is on loan from the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.)
Porsche 550
1953 Porsche 550 coupe prototype.
The mid-engine 550 prototype was Porsche’s first purpose-built race car — not a modified production automobile. The car at the Revs, which is part of the Collier Collection, finished second in class at Le Mans in 1953 (behind the other 550 prototype in the race) then raced at La Carrera in ’53, where it suffered a DNF. From there, it more or less went missing until it was rediscovered in the 1990s in Guadalajara, Mexico, disguised under a different body as well as lacking its original drivetrain. Miles Collier acquired the car and performed an epic restoration, returning the Porsche to better-than-original condition.
The Lincoln, discussed by Kurt at length here, is the only one of the Carrera Panamericana-flattening Capris known to exist. It was one of 13 entered in ’54 and one of the seven factory cars beefed up for competition by Bill Stroppe and Clay Smith.
In addition to the 550 and the Lincoln, The Revs’ display included original video footage from the race, Carrera-themed memorabilia including programs, vintage magazine covers, photos, some original race gear and more.
The exhibit is very small, but will whet your appetite for the more than 100 vehicles from the Collier Collection on display throughout the rest of the facility — including most of those that Kurt covered here back in 2014.
I planned to spend an hour or so visiting, but wound up wandering around, mouth agape, for about three hours, and then, unfortunately, it was closing time. I’d love to go back — perhaps when I start thinking about leaving Vermont again this time next year — but I’ll book my visit for much earlier in the day.
The exterior of The Revs Institute.
The Revs Institute is not open to walk-ins; you must schedule a visit online at or by calling 239-687-REVS (7387). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and it’s located in a nondescript building at 2500 South Horseshoe Drive in East Naples. General admission is $17 or $20 for the guided tour.
The Revs Institute is well worth searching out (especially from the snowbelt). Most of the cars are truly legendary — of the type you’ll never see close up anywhere else, unless of course you’re lucky enough to have been to Goodwood where many of these cars have appeared. Moreover, the exhibits are beautiful yet strikingly simple and the docents are friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming.


1983 Lincoln MK 6 Mark VI