Sales Brochure for the 1939 Lincoln Zephyr V-12, "The Modern "12" for the Modern World"

Summary

The Lincoln-Zephyr's V-12 engine was adapted from Ford's successful flathead V-8. Engineers added four cylinders, narrowed the angle of the V, and made other modifications. Unfortunately, the engine suffered from inadequate ventilation and poor oil flow, which lead to overheating and excessive wear. Nevertheless, with 200,000 units sold, the Zephyr engine was the most successful American-built V-12.

The Lincoln-Zephyr's V-12 engine was adapted from Ford's successful flathead V-8. Engineers added four cylinders, narrowed the angle of the V, and made other modifications. Unfortunately, the engine suffered from inadequate ventilation and poor oil flow, which lead to overheating and excessive wear. Nevertheless, with 200,000 units sold, the Zephyr engine was the most successful American-built V-12.

Artifact

Trade catalog

Subject Date

1939

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.554.17

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 in

Width: 11 in

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