2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction

1955 Lincoln Capri Hardtop 'Project' (LHD)





Engine V8, 341-cid
Gearbox 3-speed automatic
Body Work Hardtop Coupe
Colour Aqua
Interior White & Blue
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel Discs
Brakes Drums

Notice (Form 11)


This lot is no longer available

First used in 1952, Lincoln’s Capri badge (named after the famous island in the Gulf of Naples) was initially an upmarket version of the Cosmopolitan series, powered by a 90-degree overhead-valve V8 engine dubbed the Y-block.  Completely restyled for 1952, the Cosmopolitan and Capri boasted modern, handsome lines dominated by new wraparound front and rear windscreens.  The Capri range comprised both four-door sedans and two-door hardtops, along with the luxurious convertible.  All came well equipped, with a mix of fabric and leather upholstery, optional power seats and buyers could even fit the “Maximum Duty Kit” designed to optimise performance for racing.  The Lincoln Capri proved surprisingly adept at long distance racing, dominating the famous Carrera Panamericana race between 1952 and 1954.  Limited changes took place in 1953 and 1954 but bigger changes lay ahead - Lincoln added a more powerful 341-cid version of the Y-block motor for the final year of the first generation Capri, featuring a four-barrel carburettor and 8.5:1 compression.  Rated at 225 horsepower, every Capri was sold with a three-speed Turbo-Drive automatic transmission, the first time Lincoln employed its own transmission.  The Special Custom Coupe came with a revised grille treatment, stylish new headlamps and chrome rocker panels.  Easily the most popular model in Lincoln’s 1955 line-up, Lincoln produced 11,462 hardtops, the vast majority equipped with power steering, power brakes, power seats and power windows.  The Capri was also one of the first cars to offer automatic headlamp dimmer switches.  A stylish and luxurious personal coupe, Lincoln’s Capri is a rare sight on Australian roads but enjoys a strong following in its homeland.