The Dingman Collection 2012

9 - 10 June 2012

Lot 815

1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe

To be auctioned on Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sold for $269,500

  • Chassis no. H-84412


MODEL 96H-76. Est. 140 bhp, 267.3 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

The big company-wide news at Ford for 1939 concerned brakes. Henry Ford had finally dropped his objections and hydraulic binders were adopted for all models, except the big K Lincolns, themselves on life support.

External changes included a raised hood line, a new grille with vertical bars, and running boards that were concealed by extending the bottoms of the doors and quarter panels. The front bumper was given an open center section that allowed greater airflow. The instrument panel was redesigned. During the year, custom interior options became available, with color-keyed fabrics and bronze-trimmed fittings and ornaments.

Additional changes took place under the skin: the driveshaft torque tube was stronger, the differential housing beefed up, upgrades were made to the crankshaft, and larger valves were used.

An X-member in the chassis made three new open-top models possible in 1938 and was continued in 1939. The convertible coupe, however, was offered only as a five-passenger model, the three-passenger version having been dropped. Both convertible models received updated interior trim, and the front seat of the convertible coupe was redesigned. The auto industry recovered somewhat in 1939, and Lincoln-Zephyr sales increased slightly to 21,000. The convertible coupe mirrored that trend, its production improving measurably to 640 units.

This 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe was purchased from Bruce Lundvall, of Wyckoff, New Jersey, in October 1999. The first car restored for Mr. Dingman by Kevin Westmoreland, it received a full body-off rebuild at his Cleveland, Georgia shop. The outcome is exceptional and cost in excess of $200,000. Cars from the Dingman Collection are very seldom seen at shows, but this car attended the Ford Motor Company centenary celebrations in Dearborn, Michigan in 2003.

The car’s body contours are correct in every way. The black paint exhibits a deep shine, with no surface defects. The black canvas top has contrasting red piping, and a matching boot cover is included in the trunk. The interior was done by J.E. Roll of New Philadelphia, Ohio, a well-known specialist in Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln interiors. Presented in dark red leather, it complements the piping of the top and harmonizes with the red carpet on the floor. The driver’s seat shows some use, but there are no cracks or tears. The car has been driven very sparingly since restoration but has been regularly maintained within the Dingman Collection.

The engine has been meticulously rebuilt to Mr. Dingman’s exacting standards by Roush Performance Products, the details of which may be found in the front of this catalog. Detailing is all correct, and the undercarriage is clean and painted matte black. The tires are 7.00x16 Firestone Deluxe Champion whitewalls, and a matching spare is carried on the swivel-out bracket in the trunk.

Only three percent of 1939 Lincoln-Zephyrs were convertible coupes. Almost certainly in today’s market, the style is comparatively rare. This is a chance to acquire one of the best examples, beautifully restored by a marque expert and offered in as new condition; a car of such significance that it participated in the 100-year anniversary celebrations of Ford Motor Company.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alain Squindo


Detroit, Michigan

Alain Squindo joined RM Auctions in 2007, after graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in History. R... read more

Alex Classick

aclassick@rmauctions.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Alex Classick joined RM Europe in 2011 as a car specialist, after graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in Business Mana... read more

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmauctions.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, USA

Alexander Weaver joined RM Auctions in 2011 as a car specialist, after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born into ... read more

Annette Abaci

aabaci@rmauctions.com

+49 (0) 40 441 95 737
Germany

With post-secondary degrees in Economic Science and Mechanical Engineering, Annette Abaci initially worked part-time at Mercedes-Benz ... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmauctions.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a senior car specialist, after more than a decade in the collector car hobby... read more

Dan Warrener

dwarrener@rmauctions.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Possessing a degree in Economics from Brandon University, Dan Warrener spent the initial stages of his career working around the globe... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmauctions.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don Rose joined RM Auctions in 2006, after many years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputatio... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmauctions.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, USA

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmauctions.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord joined RM Auctions in 1998, initially responsible for the transportation and logistics of the company’s auction and restora... read more

Ian Kelleher

ikelleher@rmauctions.com

+1 310 559 4575
New York, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College, with a B.A. in Politica... read more

Jack Boxstrom

jboxstrom@rmauctions.com

+1 818 703 2816
Ontario, Canada

Jack Boxstrom joined RM Auctions in late-1996 to assist with the recently acquired, and subsequently record-breaking, auction in Monte... read more

Max Girardo

mgirardo@rmauctions.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Max Girardo started his career in the vintage automobile industry in 1998, joining Brooks Auctioneers (now Bonhams) as a car specialis... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmauctions.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Auctions, Mike Fairbairn has a longstanding interest in the classic car industry. Graduati... read more

Peter Wallman

pwallman@rmauctions.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007, following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, read more

Rob Myers

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As chairman and founder of the RM Group of Companies, Rob Myers’s entire career has been devoted to the classic car industry. Ro... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmauctions.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, USA

Shelby Myers literally grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to w... read more

Vinnie Mandzak

vmandzak@rmauctions.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, USA

Vinnie Mandzak joined RM Auctions’ California office in 2012 as a car specialist, following more than 30 years’ experience... read more