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From the Archives: 1954 and 1955 Lincoln Capri sedans

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The Lincoln Capri was introduced as the automaker’s upscale offering in 1952. The Capri was one of the finest cars offered in the 1950s and outsold its stablemate, the Cosmopolitan, until the latter’s end in 1954. The Capri would have a large following through 1955, remaining Lincoln’s best-selling model until the Premiere (which was very similar to the Capri) was introduced in 1956. The two sedans here were available in the December 1977 issue of Hemmings Motor News.

From the sellers’s descriptions: 1954 Capri, 4-door, all options including air conditioning, milestone national first prize winner in 1976, 39,000 miles, all original, $5,500.


1955 Lincoln Capri

1955 Lincoln: This is one of those nice old original cars you hear about and always miss by one day. Here is your chance! All original black and white paint, excellent chrome and stainless. The interior is like new, all original red and black leather; power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat, 61,000 miles, automatic light dimmer. $1,250 drives it home.

Lincoln stayed away from the glitz and glamour that the other car companies were adopting in the mid-1950s. Much of Detroit was going to new bodies, fins and excessive brightwork while Lincoln stayed muted compared to the competition. The Capris pictured looked much like those from 1952-’53, aside from minor differences in styling, but all of the 24,322 Capris produced in 1954-’55 were fine cars with a dedicated following. The asking price of the 1954 today would be $21,500 and the 1955 would equate to $5,000.

With its handsome lines, the Capri sedan is a desirable yet affordable Fifties Lincoln with average examples selling for a little over $10,000, while top examples can command around $30,000. The Capri would make it to the end of the decade but would be dropped from Lincoln’s lineup after 1959. We’ve featured a few Capris in other issues including two 1955 hardtops in the July 2011 issue of Hemmings Classic Car, and the May 2012 issue of Hemmings Motor News.