|Class||Entry Level Luxury Sedan|
|Body Style||4-Door Sedan|
|Engine||3.0L Duratec 24V DOHC V6|
|Power||221 HP 205 FT-LBS Torque|
|Similar|| Mercury Milan |
BMW 3 Series
The Lincoln Zephyr is a brand name of automobile from the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company. It was the lower priced luxury car of the Lincoln line and served a purpose somewhat the same as Cadillac's smaller LaSalle.
The Lincoln-Zephyr (hyphenated during the original run of the model) was originally produced from model years 1936 through 1942. It was initially offered for sale in November 1935. The car was available as a coupe or a sedan. In 1937, a three-window coupe was added, and in 1938 a convertible coupe and sedan were added as well. The name was discontinued after 1942, and not revived by Lincoln after the war. The post-war Lincolns were a continuation of the pre-war Zephyr. The Lincoln Continental was developed from the Lincoln-Zephyr, with two prototypes built from the 1939 Lincoln Zephyr and production versions based on the 1940 and updated each model year. Annual production for any year model was not large but accounted for a large portion of the Lincoln brand's sales. In its first year, 15,000 were sold, accounting for 80% of Lincoln's total sales.
The Zephyr was powered by a small V12 engine. The 1936 to 1939 models were 267 in³ (4.4 L); 1940 and 1941 were 292 in³ (4.8 L); 1942 and early 1946 were 306 in³ (5.0 L) and late 1946 to 1948 were 292 in³ (4.8 L). The original engine had 110 hp (82 kW) and gave the car a top speed of 90 miles per hour (145 km/h). The body was monocoque construction and very rigid, but surprisingly light for its size. The first model had a weight of 3,350 lb (1,520 kg).
Suspension was transverse springs front and rear, already seen as outdated when the car was introduced. Brakes were a Bendix mechanical cable system for 1936 to 1938; 1939 and onwards were hydraulic. The Zephyr was the first Ford product to have an all-steel roof.
See Lincoln MKZ for complete details.
For the 2006 model year, Lincoln introduced a new Zephyr as its entry-level luxury car to fill the void left by the discontinued LS V6, becoming Lincoln's first car made outside of the United States. The Zephyr (along with its Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan twins) are built in Hermosillo, Mexico. After just a few months of production however, Lincoln decided that the new sedan should follow the company's new naming convention of using MK ("Mark") with alphabetical abbreviations instead of traditional names (eg: the Lincoln MKX ("Mark X") crossover, originally to be designated the Aviator). For the 2007 model year, the Zephyr will be redesignated the MKZ ("Mark Z"). Along with a new name, the car also received minor cosmetic changes, as well as a new, more powerful engine.
|Henry M. Leland||Corporate website||A brand of the Ford PAG|