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Todd's 1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental

1940 Lincoln Zephyr

Base Big Block Chevy Swap


Build Points


  • Color: 2-tone Gray
  • Horsepower: 230
  • Drivetrain: RWD

Vehicle Overview

This Lincoln Continental was purchased new in 1940 by George Holley of Holley Carburetor. The car spent the next ten years at Holley's summer residence in Lake Placid NY. In the early 1950's the Lincoln was sold to another Lake Placid resident, Henry Uihlein of Schlitz Brewing. In 1955, Uihein commissioned car designer Brooks Stevens to customize the Lincoln at his facility in Milwaukee. Numerous changes were made, including the two-tone paint scheme, a custom two-tone leather interior, modified chrome trim and grilles, and other features. When the project was completed, the Lincoln went on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum for several months. In car collector circles, it became known as "The Brooks Stevens Lincoln." Henry Uihlein drove the Lincoln around the village of Lake Placid for decades. In the early 1970's he commissioned a local shop to replace the Lincoln V12 engine and drivetrain with a 1954 Cadillac 331 engine and Hydramatic transmission. In 1998, my father, who had drooled at this car since it first arrived in Lake Placid in 1940, purchased the Lincoln from the estate of Henry Uihlein. I've owned the Lincoln since 2002.

Future Plans

During the winter (2020-2021) the Lincoln's 1954 Cadillac 331 engine will get a full rebuild. I would like to have an Atomic EFI unit installed, but still trying to determine compatibility. Presently, the Lincoln still has its original Rochester 4GC carburetor. This vehicle certainly deserves to have a bit of Holley equipment on it, given the car's history!

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  • Todd

    Has anyone here used an Atomic EFI on a Cadillac 331?
  • Ry