1955 LINCOLN CAPRI 2 DOOR HARDTOP LAKE PIPES LOUVERED HOOD
- Condition: Used
- Make: Lincoln
- Model: Other
- Type: 2 DOR HARDTOP
- Year: 1955
- Mileage: 110,900
- VIN: 55WA25513H
- Color: TURQUISE/WHITE
- Engine size: 341 CU INCH
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Power options: Power Windows, Power Seats
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: TURQUISE/WHITE LEATHER
- Options: Leather Seats
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1955 Lincoln OtherUP FORAUCTION IS THIS RARE 1955 LINCOLN CAPRI 2 DOOR COUPE
BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE FOR 60 YEARS OLD!!!
IENCOURAGEBIDDERS TO ASK QUESTIONS AND WITH THEIR AID I WILL DO MY BEST TO GET THEM THE ANSWERS AND OR PICTURES THEY NEED
I WILL DO MY BEST TO REPRESENT THIS AUCTION TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY I AM BY NO MEANS AN EXPERT ON THIS AUTOMOBILE.
I AM SELLING THIS CAR LOCALLY AS WELL AND RESERVE THE RIGHT TO END THIS AUCTION AT ANYTIME.
IF YOU ARE LOCAL I ENCOURAGE YOU TO COME LOOK AT IT IN PERSON
I WILL MEET AND HELP WITH ANY SHIPPING THAT IS PAID FOR BY OUT OF STATE AND OVERSEAS BUYERS
CAR MUST BE PAID FOR IN FULL AND PAYMENT CLEARED BEFORE IT LEAVES MYPOSSESSION.
MAINE IS A NO-TITLE STATE ON CARS THIS OLD, THEY DO NOT ISSUE THEM PERIOD, THIS VEHICLE COMES WITH THE A MAINE NOTARIZED BILL OF SALEPLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DMV, AND GET ANY DOCUMENTS YOU MAY NEED.
THIS CAR CAN BE SEEN LOCALLY BY APPOINTMENT
I PURCHASED THIS CAR EXACTLY AS IT IS WITH THE INTENT OF RESALE FOR PROFIT, AND NO OTHER PLANS
ALL THE DOORS, TRUNK, HOODS, ALL LINE UP BEAUTIFULLY, OPEN AND CLOSE GREAT, I DON'T SEE OR FEEL ANY BONDO, OR REPAIRED BODY PANELS THE EXTERIOR PAINTHAS BNEEN REDONE, NOT A SHOW QUALITY JOB, I BELIEVE IT WAS MORE OR AN AMATUER RAT ROD BUILD. PLEASE SEE PICTURES AND VIDEO. THE CHROME HAS SOME PITS AND LIGHT CORROSION IN VARIOUS PLACES AND IS OFF THE CAR BUT IS INCLUDED. OVER ALL ITS INGREAT SHAPE AND ALL THERE, JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURES.I SEE ABSOLUTELY NO RUST ANYWHERE!!!
THE INTERIOR I WAS TOLD IS ORIGINAL EXCEPT THE CARPET, AND SEEMS TO BE COMPLETE, HOWEVER IT DOES HOW ITS AGE WITH DISCOLORATION AND WATER STAINS AND CRACKS IN THE LEATHER. ALL THE POWER WINDOWS, AND QUARTER WINDOWS OPEN AND CLOSE FLAWLESSLY OPEN AND SHUT QUITE FAST.
THE LIGHTS, GAUGES ALL WORK TURN SIGNALS WORK
THE ENGINE DOES FIRE RIGHT UP AND RUN SMOOTHLY, IDLES SMOOTH AND AND HAS A NICE SOUND TO IT.NO SMOKE, NO LEAKS
I ONLY DROVE THE CAR ON AND OFF THE TRAILER AND INTO MY WAREHOUSE, HOWEVER EVERYTHING WORKED AS IT SHOULD, IT WASN'T SLIPPING.
FRAME AND SUSPENSION
THE CARS UNDER CARRIAGE IS IN GREAT SHAPE FOR THE YEAR, I SAW A FEW PATCHES HERE AND THERE BUT NO MAJOR RUST OR CANCER.
IF YOU ARE WAITING TO ESTABLISH A COOL RUNNING AND DRIVING PROJECT FOR YOUR FAMILY HEIRLOOM, AND CREATE A LEGACY THIS IS THE VEHICLE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ENJOY AND PASS DOWN
IF YOU ARE LOCAL COME IN AND CHECK THIS BEAUTY OUT!
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK.
BELOW IS AN ARTICLE ON THE VEHICLE HISTORY
Compared to what the rest of the world's automobile manufacturers were producing during the 1950s, the cars from Detroit were the most spectacular looking. They were the epitome of striking style, splashed with eye-catching colors and extraordinary interiors that, when combined with their acres of dazzling chrome plating and stainless-steel trim, were truly in a class all by themselves.
If you've always wanted to own one of the fabulous Fifties cars built by Detroit, and you prefer taking the road less traveled, then you really need to take a close look at those sophisticated automobiles that wear the Lincoln badge--and, more specifically, the Capri.
These are handsome-looking cars with a level of elegance and refinement that is almost unheard of in their affordable price range. In fact, when you think strictly in terms of value, most of the Capri's contemporaries just can't compare.
widely known why Lincoln sales took a nosedive for the 1955 model year; it all came down to aesthetics. All the other car brands sported new bodies that dazzled buyers as they entered the showrooms, but when they walked into their local Lincoln dealerships, they were met with the same basic styling that they had seen the year before, as well as in 1953 and 1952.What the buying public has always failed to realize, both then and now, is that "new" doesn't always mean something is better or more modern. The buying public always wants to own the latest and greatest, no matter what that product may be--even if it's the same old product under its newly gussied-up skin. And when you combine this false perception with the one-upmanship mentality, it's easy to see why certain cars didn't sell as well as they should have. The 1955 Capri was one of those cars.But that was then. Time has a funny way of changing our perception of things, because when we compare the 1955 Lincoln Capri today to the '55 Buicks, Chevys, Cadillacs, Chryslers, Dodges, Mercurys, Oldsmobiles and Studebakers, the Capri seems to be just as stylish, just as classy, just as modern (although the Pontiacs, with their dated chrome hood bands, were certainly the stodgiest of them all).Upon viewing a Fifties Lincoln Capri at a show, we're sure you have said to yourself: "Wow, now that's a great-looking car!" I know I have, and so did Eugene Cohen when he first saw this Capri two-door hardtop, even though it was disassembled at the time. Eugene, an upstate New York transplant who has called Sarasota home for nearly 30 years, enjoys the warm Florida sunshine year round while restoring old cars in the expanded garage he built behind his house."When I found this Lincoln, it was nearly completely disassembled; the doors, front end and all the chrome trim had been removed, as was the entire interior," Eugene told us. "The previous owner died, so it just sat there. It was really apart. In fact, he had already stripped the body down to bare metal, with some parts already painted. So no one else was willing to take on the daunting job of refinishing and reassembly. However, it's an uncommon model Lincoln, so I decided to buy it. That was back in January 2007."Because the Lincoln had been driven just 55,000 miles since new, Eugene felt it was unnecessary to rebuild all the mechanical components. However, "I did install new gaskets throughout the engine and transmission, and rebuilt the starter, generator, carburetor, fuel pump, water pump and brake system, and replaced all the hoses, belts and brake lines just to make sure the car would be safe and reliable."Eugene's Capri is finished in the beautiful, factory original color of Galway Green. It's a striking, fairly intense green hue with a fine metallic mixed in that is ideal for showing off the car's lines to great effect. The warmth of the Ermine white-painted roof complements the green nicely, making the car look far sleeker than it actually is. The paint used was a U-Tech basecoat/clearcoat urethane system that consists of two base color coats and three coats of clear.Under the large hood lies a very smooth-spinning overhead-valve V-8 that displaces 341 cubic inches. With its stock compression ratio of 8.5:1, it develops 225hp at 4,400 RPM. More importantly, this very rugged powertrain makes a mighty 332-lbs.ft. of torque at a very usable 2,500 RPM, which is highly effective in getting the 4,305-pound Lincoln moving well from a stop, due to the specific design of the Turbo-Drive automatic transmission, which starts off in second gear.Like many higher-end luxury cars of the era, this Capri had been fitted with all the usual options that upper-middle-class buyers wanted back then: power steering and brakes, power windows and seats, radio, heater, defroster and power antenna. The three-speed automatic transmission and dual exhaust system were both standard.Entry into the cabin is easy; its expansive bench seat sits high enough that passengers don't have to break their backs getting in. For rear seat passengers, there's plenty of legroom; even with my 6-foot, 4-inch frame, I found it to be quite comfortable. Headroom is plentiful, and with the not-too-wide C pillar, visibility all around is excellent, better than most cars of the era.With its fairly long 123-inch wheelbase, supple suspension and the tall, flexible sidewalls of its 8.00x15-inch bias-ply tires, the Capri glides comfortably along the road, confidently soaking up the bumps without any jarring or that annoying bounce that cars with stiffer suspensions are saddled with. The slow-reacting steering is typical of Fifties-era American cars, yet it provides a sufficient amount of feedback to the driver. Performance is in the low 12-second range for zero to 60 MPH.Although the Capri has been restored to exact factory-correct specifications, there's one minor modification that Eugene made to his Lincoln that certainly is worthwhile to know about, especially if you own a car with a 6-volt electrical system. To make the engine easier to start, he increased the power supply by using two 6-volt batteries instead of the car's original single 6-volt battery. This was done to double the capacity--or amperage rating--of the battery while still maintaining the original voltage rating. To accomplish this, the two batteries were linked in parallel by connecting the two negative terminals to each other and the two positive terminals to each other. The main positive cable goes from the positive terminal of battery number one to ground, while the main negative cable is connected to the negative terminal of battery number two.As Eugene explained it: "Because these big, relatively high-compression engines are hard to start on 6 volts, the cars always had hard starting problems, especially in the frigid northern winters. Even when new, they would fail to start. If you look at a 6-volt Optima battery, you will see, even though it's a 950 cold cranking amp battery, it's half the size of a standard battery. Consequently, two of them fit in the Capri's standard battery box. I simply use two batteries connected in parallel to provide 1900 cold cranking amps. The system is still 6 volts and the generator still charges the two batteries, but when it comes time to turn over that big engine, I've got lots of power to do so."Now that he's made his Lincoln Capri a truly dependable collector car, all Eugene has to do is clean it and drive it. He relies on Meguiar's Gold Class wax and a clay bar to clean and protect the new paint, and just uses mild soap and warm water to clean the upholstery. Other than minor maintenance, Eugene said, "The car hasn't needed much, and it always creates lots of attention when people see it, thanks to its color, which is outstanding."I drive it at least once a week, and about 3,000 miles every year," Eugene told us. "It's a driver, not a show car; the AACA badge on the grille proves that. It drives beautifully in today's traffic and cruises comfortably at 70 MPH, although it is a little slow on initial acceleration. On the highway, it gets about 18 miles per gallon, but the engine is only really happy on premium fuel. The transmission shifts very smoothly; it starts normally in second gear, first gear only if you floor the pedal. And the brakes are very touchy. These are the 'new' power brakes that would stand you on your nose if you weren't careful."Such is the allure of this fine-looking Fifties Lincoln that Eugene admitted: "I bought this car anticipating restoring it, using it for a short time, and then selling it. But it's grown on me--I really enjoy it and really don't want to part with it."Owner's View
I like big comfortable cars and this Lincoln certainly qualifies. My dad used to say, "A big car holds the road well," but this is no sports car. It handles okay, but that's about all. Only about 11,000 were built, which makes it unusual today. I built a quality driver for tours, and it always runs really well. I use Castrol 20/50 oil and change it every 3,000 miles; I add ZDDP to compensate for less zinc in modern oils. --Eugene Cohen1955 Lincoln Capri
SPECIFICATIONSBase price -- $3,910
Options on car profiled -- Power brakes, power steering, power windows, power seats, radio, defroster/heater, power antennaENGINE
Type -- Overhead-valve V-8, cast-iron block and cylinder heads
Displacement -- 341 cubic inches
Bore x Stroke -- 3 15/16 x 3.5 inches
Compression ratio -- 8.5:1
Horsepower @ RPM -- 225 @ 4,400
Torque @ RPM -- 332-lbs.ft. @ 2,500
Valvetrain -- Hydraulic valve lifters
Main bearings -- Five
Fuel system -- Single Holley four-barrel downdraft carburetor, mechanical pump
Lubrication system -- Pressure, gear-type pump
Electrical system -- 6-volt, positive ground
Exhaust system -- Dual exhaustTRANSMISSION
Type -- Lincoln Turbo-Drive three-speed automatic
1st -- 2.40:1
2nd -- 1.47:1
3rd -- 1.00:1
Reverse -- 2.00:1DIFFERENTIAL
Type -- Hypoid, semi-floating axles
Ratio -- 3.07:1STEERING
Type -- Saginaw
Ratio -- 19.8, 21.3 overall
Turns, lock-to-lock -- 4.25
Turning circle -- 45 feet, 6 inchesBRAKES
Type -- Hydraulic, four-wheel drum, power assist
Front -- 12 inches
Rear -- 12 inchesCHASSIS & BODY
Construction -- Body on X-frame
Body style -- Two-door hardtop
Layout -- Front engine, rear-wheel driveSUSPENSION
Front -- Independent, unequal length A-arms; coil springs; Houde direct-acting telescoping shocks
Rear -- Solid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Houde direct-acting telescoping shocksWHEELS & TIRES
Wheels -- Stock stamped steel with full wheelcovers
Front/Rear -- 15x5 inches
Tires -- Firestone bias-ply
Front/Rear -- 8.00-15WEIGHTS & MEASURES
Wheelbase -- 123 inches
Overall length -- 215.6 inches
Overall width -- 77.4 inches
Overall height -- 64.2 inches
Front track -- 58.5 inches
Rear track -- 60.0 inches
Shipping weight -- 4,305 poundsCAPACITIES
Crankcase -- 5 quarts with filter
Cooling system -- 25.2 quarts
Fuel tank -- 20 gallonsCALCULATED DATA
Bhp per cu.in. -- 0.66
Weight per bhp -- 19.13 pounds
Weight per cu.in. -- 12.62 poundsPRODUCTION
Two-door hardtops -- 11,462
Four-door sedans -- 10,724
Convertibles -- 1,487PERFORMANCE
0-60 MPH -- 12.4 seconds
Fuel mileage -- 16 MPGPROS and CONS
+ Conservative yet very handsome styling
+ Roomy cabin with lots of visibility
+ A rare Fifties Lincoln that's affordable
- Could use more horsepower
- Some trim parts hard to find
- You'll have a long search to find oneWHAT TO PAY
$5,000 - $8,000
$15,000 - $18,000
$35,000 - $42,000