Lincoln’s Very Cool 90 Year Retrospective – And A ‘Hello Again’ To A Resurrected Classic

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We took a look at our past, and then went somewhere completely new. Here’s a history of our reinvention, 90 years in the making. 

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While Lincoln has always been a symbol of the luxury automobile, they did come up with a real head-turner sporty number in 1955. It became known as the Lincoln Indianapolis – or more formally, the Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe.

'The Lincoln Indianapolis design study incorporates the look of fighter jets of the era.' Photo: Michael Furman/RM Auctions

‘The Lincoln Indianapolis design study incorporates the look of fighter jets of the era.’ Photo: Michael Furman/RM Auctions

The dashboard flipped open to reveal the controls  Photo: Michael Furman via USA Today

‘The dashboard flipped open to reveal the controls’ Photo: Michael Furman/RM Auctions

1955 Lincoln Indianpolis Open Dashboard Closeup. Photo: Michael Furman/RM Auctions

1955 Lincoln Indianpolis Open Dashboard Closeup. Photo: Michael Furman/RM Auctions

The Indianapolis boasted a 200-horsepower V8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission. Carrozzeria Boano, an Italian coachbuilder, developed this looker from a Lincoln chassis. After a two year restoration process, owner Thomas Kerr returned the Indianapolis to the show circuit from a 50 year hiatus – winning top design honors in several including the Most Outstanding Lincoln Award at Greenwich in 2003. This now resurrected star was made available at the RM, Art Of The Automobile, auction in November of last year. The high bid: $1,550,000. You can see the listing, as well as read more about the Indianapolis, here.

The 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino has remained an exclusive one-off concept vehicle since its debut in Turin nearly sixty years ago. It wowed the people back then, and it continues to wow to this day. New owners Paul & Judy Andrews entered the Indianapolis into the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – it took top honors in the Lincoln category winning the Lincoln Trophy.

Perhaps the Lincoln Motor Company might want to consider what it is that shines so brightly with this piece of automotive artistry. After fifty-nine years, the Indianapolis still astonishes like something ‘completely new.’

Visit Hello Again to see more about Lincoln’s 90 years and a look at their latest – the 2014 LINCOLN MKZ Hybrid.

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4 thoughts on “Lincoln’s Very Cool 90 Year Retrospective – And A ‘Hello Again’ To A Resurrected Classic

    • Thanks Chris – I’m happy you enjoyed it. I’m not too impressed with the 2014 MKZ – it has a lot of nice features but it seems that more went into the engineering and less into design. The MKZ design is so generic that I couldn’t even tell it was a Lincoln at all. ‘Reinvention’ I suppose.

      I’ve seen a few concept coupes popping up and it’s interesting that most of them have some kind of similarity with the Indianapolis design. Still, Lincoln says it’s going to stick with the sedans for now and there are no plans for a coupe in the near future.

      I’m still hoping that some day, in the near future, an American car company like Lincoln will put together today’s engineering with a creative body design that might someday be worthy of the term, classic.

      So, I will now step down from my soapbox. Thank you for your patience. 😉

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      • That’d make a helluva post– a very interesting one.
        I agree with you on the current models, and the last 10 years or so– one hopes they will return to the original innovative approach which made the mark mean something to car buyers. 🙂

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  1. Oh Chris, writing a post on that subject matter might become too political. I left politics a few years ago. 😉

    And I give a, ‘yeeessss,’ to your comment about innovation – when you say ‘mean something to car buyers,’ the idea of ‘value’ comes to mind. Not the ‘value’ that gives someone more ‘bang for the buck’. But a kind of intangible one. I haven’t bought a new car in eighteen years because I can’t find one more appealing to me than the one I have.

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