Boyd Coddington Lincoln Zephyr “Led Zephyr”
The Boyd Coddington Lincoln Zephyr the “Led Zephyr”, or sometimes referred to as “Lead Zephyr” was the Boyd Coddington Garage ultimate tribute to the streamline era of the 1930s. Despite its name-a pun on a certain rock band or Led Sled-there’s nothing heavy about this car, which looks as if it’s gliding silkily out of some world of tomorrow exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The Zephyr name, which has recently been revived by the Ford Motor Company for one of its new Lincoln models, actually dates back to 1935, when it appeared on a 1936 Lincoln offered as a coupe, sedan, or convertible. Built until 1942, the Zephyr owed its name in turn to the Burlington Railroad’s sleek, stainless steel Zephyr trains, which were the last word in mid-’30s streamlining. The Zephyr was the inspiration for the 1939 Lincoln Continental, a car widely regarded as one of the most elegant creations in American automobile history.
Taking his cues from the original Zephyr’s sleek profile, Coddington Crew worked with master craftsmen Marcel, Marc, and Luc DeLay to take streamlining to a level the designers of the ’30s could only dream of. The car is a series of three uncluttered curvatures: the first slips flawlessly from the leading edge of the grille to the almost boat-tailed rear; the second takes the roofline from swept-back windshield posts to a seamless merger with the waistline above the rear fenders; and the third defines the fenders themselves near identical pontoons front and back, with the rear wheels totally concealed. With the new shaped body hooked up to its Art Morrison chassis. The Zephyr rolls on One Off custom billet wheels designed by Boyd Coddington Jr. Charley Hutton used a DuPont Char-cool over DuPont Boyd Mellow Yellow that accentuates rather than interrupts the overall flow. Once dry, the custom upholstery was hand-stitched with tan leather. Meanwhile, tan wool carpet was supplementary to the inside and trunk.
Small flathead V-12 (110-bhp) engines powered the original Zephyrs, instead, Boyd’s choice for the Led Zephyr was with four less cylinders, but a tad more horsepower in the form of a 514 cu. in Ford Cobra Jet, delivering 600 HP straight out of the crate.
Completed nearly fifteen years ago the “Led Zephyr” continues to be one of the foremost-recognized cars designed and built by Boyd Coddington.
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|Led Zephyr Build Sheet|
|BODY||Custom; All Steele based on 1938 Lincoln Zephyr; built by Marcel Delay/Boyd Coddington|
|CHASSIS||Custom; Art Morrison/Boyd Coddington|
|ENGINE||514 Ford Cobra Jet, aluminum heads|
|TRANSMISSION CLUTCH, DRIVESHAFT||Ford automatic transmission|
|WHEELS||Boyd Coddington custom One Off, 18 inch front & 20 inch rear|
|REAR END (DIFFERENTIAL & AXLE)||9" Ford rear with 4-link/coil over suspension|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Boyd Coddington independent/coil overs|
|BRAKES||Wilwood 4-wheel disc|