I was impressed when someone identified a Ford Prefect from a really skeletal liking! Can anyone tell me what car is the attached?

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This picture taken circa 1951-52 in Europe

  • I'm interested...but there's no image. May 21, 2018 at 3:19
  • @David - Did that help? May 21, 2018 at 13:50
  • @Paulster2, yes it did. I don't recognize it immediately, but will search a bit later today. May 21, 2018 at 14:16
  • Dang, is that Anne Frank? LOL.
    – Moab
    May 21, 2018 at 23:06
  • It looks like it could be a late 40's Nash, but definitely not sure about it. May 26, 2018 at 12:44

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I know this answer is five years late, but here goes.

After doing a reverse image search and digging into the results, this car appears to be a Lincoln-Zephyr V-12 from 1939 (or thereabouts).

There is an abundance of photographs online of the Sedan and Coupe body styles for this car. However, your particular vehicle is in the Coupe-Sedan body style, and for some reason it's borderline impossible to find photographs of actual Coupe-Sedan V-12s. Fortunately, I was able to find a couple advertisements. This 1939 ad shows the Coupe-Sedan body style:

Advertisement showing 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr V-12 Coupe-Sedan

And this one shows the Convertible Coupe, Coupe-Sedan, and Town-Limousine body styles:

Advertisement showing 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr V-12 body styles

I had to resort to comparing minute details in order to confirm the identity of this car. Here are several defining features I noticed:

  • The two shorter chrome trim lines above the front fender; the lower one being farther forward than the upper
  • The positions of the two door hinges; one just above the longer chrome trim line, and the other a few inches above the running board
  • The shape of the windows and windshield, and the angle (and material) of the split in the rear side window
  • The angles and positions of the seams between the fenders and the running board
  • The shapes of the fenders
  • The chrome trim on the running board; it curves outward slightly where it meets the rear fender, and it ends just before the inner edge of the front fender starts to curve upward

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