Lincoln Zephyr Prototype Automobile Body Designed by John Tjaarda, 1934

Summary

Edsel Ford encouraged John Tjaarda -- head of design engineering for Briggs Manufacturing Company, which built car bodies for Lincoln -- to create a full-sized, detailed mockup of a rear-engine automobile. Ford exhibited the resulting car at the 1934 Century of Progress exposition in Chicago. Tjaarda's streamlined design became the prototype for the 1936 Lincoln Zephyr production car.

Edsel Ford encouraged John Tjaarda -- head of design engineering for Briggs Manufacturing Company, which built car bodies for Lincoln -- to create a full-sized, detailed mockup of a rear-engine automobile. Ford exhibited the resulting car at the 1934 Century of Progress exposition in Chicago. Tjaarda's streamlined design became the prototype for the 1936 Lincoln Zephyr production car.

Artifact

Photonegative

Date Made

14 November 1934

Subject Date

14 November 1934

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

John Tjaarda Papers 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

87.1.1714.5

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

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