The history of the car is completely unknown as the person I got it from had received it from his father who pulled it from a different field decades before in Kansas.
If you got the v12 with the car that is the engine that was in it when it was pulled from the field. However it had the rarer steel nickel heads and a dual Zephyr carb intake. When I sold it to the buyer I sold him 2 v12s, one the original and the other out of a car for spare parts. The intake was Edelbrock brand and can be found on the market.
The dual master cylinders hopefully are still on it and the lines that ran the inside of the frame rails and as you know the original radiator lines x4 ran the outer wells.
We never found the gear box and assumed and early ford style ZF with one of the master cylinders going to it(s) shift-er. Dumb luck the rear shortened drive shaft housing was still there.
There was lots of lead filling in above the brazing that shaped the body in nice smooth lines, there we no seams to be seen. Louvers are original, we could tell from the erosion matching the body when we stripped it.
The original wheel found with it had small “louvers” welded around the outer rim (not out edge) which would have been for cooling, I hope you got it.
All parts we could identify were from 39 to 41 and the frame numbers matched front and rear so even though it was shortened it still had original matched framing.
I used to design modern cars and was an automobile writer and can tell you it definitely was not made in just anyone’s shop, it had to had some money behind the project. The wrapped transverse springs with zerts combined with corner springs was ahead of its time as well as multiple slave cylinders and true mid engine setup.
Original color was red then blue, I don’t know if it was completely erased but you can find some of the original paint in the rear where the spare was made to go. Seat base/back and interior were all built upon wood.
Front fenders had been torn off and it had 40 or 41 full fenders with inset headlights when built but unsure of what was between them for a grille.
I am happy it went to someone that is going to do something proper with it.
Engine cover was from what we could tell was hinged in the center and an opening for the carbs. Exhaust out the sides of course.
Oh almost forgot, it did have rear fender skirts when built, we found one laying inside the shell in the mud and found it fitted nicely. But it was rusted beyond repair and edging was ruined.
I would appreciate you letting me know how it goes along in getting it back together and if you plan on getting rid of it possibly considering me as a buyer.
I hoped this helped somehow
On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM, Si wrote:
Thanks for getting back.
I am currently looking to rebuild it and get it racing again here in the UK – London, England,
Do you still have the engine and gearbox ?
You said you pulled it out of a field, do you know of any ghost tracks around that location?
After looking at various pictures from old SCCA magazines from 1948 to 1955, I am convinced that it was part of the SCCA road racing class.
Is there anything else you can tell me about the car?
Did you speak to locals about it?
Do you have any photos of the car, when you pulled it out and while in your care, colour, markings, etc
I will of course share the restoration pictures with you as and when we start.
Thanks again for your time.
Google and Dogpile were great in finding more information on the car and its previous owners.
And we came up with this on the Antique Automobile Club of America forum.
1941 Zephyr race car……….info please??????
I have purchased a old race car and verified it started life as a 1941 Zephyr (type unknown). What makes it special is it is NOT a home built project. It has a coach built body (pics available on request). It is also a MID-ENGINE car!!!!
I have the engine which has aluminum heads and intake but do not know exactly what that means.
If anyone has info to the origins of this car or where it was raced please let me know.
The front foot of the car was torn off so I a desperate to find a pic so restoration can be proper!
We needed to find out more about the car, the history, previous owners and the possible builder.
It was a late in on a Sunday when we started the hunt with a search on Google.This is what came up when we searched “1941 Lincoln Racecar”. An old favorite of ours jalopyjournal.com and a forum entry about the car.
Jalopy Journal forum thread Click Here
Being old members of the H.A.M.B we logged on to let other members know that we had purchased the car.
A member even posted on a radical roadster design from the 1960’s in the same thread.
We also contacted Geoff Hacker at “Forgotten Fiberglass” as suggested. but he did not know the car. http://www.forgottenfiberglass.com/
The project has only just started and we are looking for support to rebuild this lost racing car. The aim of the project is to research the history of the car and bring it back to its former glory.
The car originally came with a Lincoln Zephyr V12 engine and was ahead of its time with its rear engine mounting. It was a great disappointment to find that the car did not come with the original engine which is a great shame, but we are hot on the trail at this time to see if we can find it.
Ford Flathead V8 test mount.
We are looking for main sponsors or individuals to support the project, we intend to promote the project via Kickstarter at the appropriate time.
Do you have parts you can donate? Let us know.
Wanted: V12 Engines, heads, Gearboxes/adaptors, Lincoln Steering Wheel, Goodyear Racing Tires and rear fender skirts as an example
In 2014 just after the second Vintage Hot Rod Association (VHRA) Pendine event. I spoke to friends and asked them what I should do?
The questions were, does the car have any racing history as it will be hard to get it on the track with none. I knew the car was a racing car and I thought it must have history, but I just did not know what it was. I took the advise and made an offer on the car which was located in Kansas, USA and owned by Mark at Model T Haven.
Mark accepted my offer and the first phase of the projected was started.
The story started for me back in 2011, when I found an old, what looked to be a race car, well that is what it was advertised as. The dream started, but then I knew that I had some issues, monies, space and the build its self. So I shelved the idea and went back to my 49 Panheads and my old 65 Chevy Suburban.
It would not to be for another two years, before I would look at the old 1941 Lincoln Race Car again. It was just after the first Vintage Hot Rod Association (VHRA) event at Pendine Sands, Wales 2013. I still thought about the funding and storage issues with getting the car.