Amelia Island

10-11 March 2017

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Lot 248

1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Three-Window Coupe

  • Chassis no. H 66822

Sold for $154,000


110 hp, 267.3 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed sliding gear transmission with two-speed Columbia rear axle, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, three-quarter floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125 in.

  • From the collection of Paul Teutul Jr.
  • One of 2,500 three-window coupes built for 1939
  • Visually stunning and arguably the most collectable of all Lincoln-Zephyrs
  • Highly desirable production year with its Art Deco trim and waterfall grille


Lincoln, like other prestige manufacturers, needed a more moderately priced car to help it endure the tough times of the post-Depression era. The answer came in November 1935 with the introduction of the Zephyr for the 1936 model year. Its advanced streamlined teardrop styling was credited to designer John Tjaarda of the Briggs Body Company with help from a young Ford designer named Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie as well as Edsel Ford, head of the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company. Ultimately, the trio would be credited for fashioning the first successful streamlined car in America.

The name echoed that of the new streamlined modern diesel trains in operation on the Burlington Railroad. Initial ads featured the sleek, stainless steel train in the background drawing comparison between the two modes of transportation. “The newest things on wheels! One is a streamlined train rolling up new records on the rails. One is a motor car, the LINCOLN-ZEPHYR, rolling up new records on the roads. Common to both is a break with the past – a new idea of design and performance – a new conception of safety and economy – a new point-of-view toward travel!”

Ads also highlighted its new 110-horsepower V-12 engine derived from the standard Ford flathead V-8 all the while delivering 14–18 mpg. Despite the advanced styling and novel V-12 engine, parent Ford Motor Company was never happy with sales; yet of 18,994 Lincolns sold in its first year (1936), 17,715 were Zephyrs, arguably keeping the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company alive. In 1939, 21,000 were built, including 2,500 three-window coupes, like this example.

This vehicle is part of the collection of Paul Teutul Jr., known for his custom motorcycles and star of Discovery Channel’s American Chopper series. Teutul also happens to be an avid car collector with a passion for the streamlined Lincoln-Zephyr. The car was restored by the previous owner and is an extremely well-cared-for and high-quality driver vehicle. Teutul describes it as “one of my favorites.” The coupe has been stored in a climate-controlled environment and while in his possession, it has not been shown publicly at any collector or club events.

Fortunately, this example has been spared the customizers and retains its stock appearance and features as-built. Finished in a proper Ruby Red over tan cloth interior with period-appropriate wide whitewall tires, it is visually striking in combination with its sumptuous lines. Inside, the new owner will find an Art Deco dash equally as handsome as its exterior appearance. It will no doubt be the darling of any car show or Lincoln Owners Club meeting.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

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

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

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

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more