Jack Jones' 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
The award winning Lincoln Zephyr was sitting under a parachute when Bill Fobair and his son, Ralph, found it under an abandoned brick yard in Gering, Nebraska in 1974. Ralph had encouraged his father for some time to find out what was under that parachute. It turned out to be a 1941, 3 window coupe with a custom interior, one of only 77 manufactured. It had a sound body and a free motor, but in"To his knowledge, it is the only remaining Custom model known to be restored authentically."need of restoration which was completed three years later. It brought back fond memories and tears to the former owners as they rode together down the 'open road' on its maiden voyage after restoration.
A standard version '41 Lincoln Zephyr
3 window coupe brings a lot of money once restored according to Bill. But this car is not standard. It was one of only 77 of the 1150 standard models with the custom interior as verified through the Ford Archives at Dearborn shortly after Bill's purchase. The then president of the Lincoln Zephyr owners club, Charles Imboden, had encouraged Bill and his wife, Joyce, to restore it authentically in every detail..
Wilson Motor Company in North Miami, Florida had ordered the custom interior style at the request of their customer. Model style 16 H 72 A, Body Number 701, with the custom interior was assembled and shipped on February 5, 1941. The customer had selected this option thus acquiring the custom interior of wood grained mahogany dash and window garnish, gold plated hardware and color choice of shadow striped broadcloth wool upholstery. By joining the Lincoln Zephyr Owners Club, Bill became acquainted with members and vendors that resulted in the knowledge and source of needed parts to make an authentic restoration..