1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Design Study Up For Bid

lincoln-indy-4The 1950s were a booming time for America, and the arrival of the Jet Age influenced everything from toys and catchphrases to cars. Where do you think all those turbine concept cars and the obsession with tailfins came from? Ford, not wanting to be left behind during this design renaissance, hired a former Ghia designer to come up with an eye-grabbing concept car.

lincoln-indy-1The result was the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis, a concept car never intended for production, but rather to demonstrate what Ford was capable of. After selling for more than $1.3 million at auction in 2006, Hemmings reports this unique ride will be up for grabs once again.

Frustrated by all the attention Chrysler’s jet-inspired, Ghia-designed concept cars were getting, Henry Ford II hired former Ghia worker Felice Mario Boano to build a Lincoln concept that embodied the jet age. Along with his son, Boano he built the Lincoln Indianapolis and powered it with a 225 horsepower, 341-cubic inch Lincoln V8.

Alas, initial build quality was rather awful, with major panel gaps, an uneven roof, and one front fender that was an inch longer than the other one. During a prior restoration a previous owner pulled enough filler off of the car to half-fill a 55-gallon drum, and at some point the interior caught fire as well.

Thankfully, an exhaustive two-year restoration brought the car up to modern standards, winning first place at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours in the Postwar Custom Coachwork class. In 2006 it drew a high bid of $1.375 million, and it is expected draw as much as $2.25 million when it heads to RM’s Art of the Automobile auction in Manhattan, New York. Remember what we said about classic cars being a great investment? Well, here’s your proof.

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Chris Demorro

Christopher DeMorro is a freelance writer and journalist from Connecticut with two passions in life; writing and anything with an engine.
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