This black beauty is a 1955 Lincoln Capri. It’s such a good-looking, solid car and you can find it on Craigslist with an asking price of $4,800. This one is only 50 miles from me, up in Maple Lake, Minnesota. Hmm..
That’s one, big bumper! The lines on these cars are so elegant and understated, this would be a fun car to own for weekend jaunts and just for general driving pleasure. It really looks solid, even underneath. Look at that classic frame, it’s so clean and dry, very nice.
The 1952-1955 Lincoln Capri, the first-generation, was by far the most sedate and some may say boring (not me!) of the three generations for the Capri. I think it’s a great looking car, but I like underdogs. The hood looks like it’s out of alignment in the photo above, and the windshield is cracked. The seller mentions also one small area of rust (that I don’t see?) and that the clear-coat is peeling in some areas, so it’s been repainted at some point. If you’re even halfway decent in bodywork you will have this beauty in perfect condition in no time. Now, to find that missing “C” from the LIN OLN on the hood!
I think that you’ll spend most of your time and money on the interior. But, what an interior this car has! I often lament the lack of power windows and AC on even luxury cars from the 1970s and later, but this car is loaded with power windows, seats, and of course power steering and brakes. And, this car has the optional rear AC and it’s all there! Of course, it’ll need to be gone through once you get the rest of the mechanicals and interior worked out. Even the trunk looks good, considering it’s older than I am.
This is Lincoln’s 341 cubic-inch Y-Block V8 with around 225 hp. Here’s what the engine will look like after I.. ha, er.. I mean, after the next owner restores it. It looks pretty decent under the hood and the seller says that it has “many new parts new battery, starter, fuel pump, distributor, brake master cylinder, heads were redone, and carb gone through.” I really like this car. Am I the only fan of these first-generation Lincoln Capris out there? I sure hope not!