An all-new Lincoln was launched in 1952 and was built through '54, and it had the brand new engine to replace the dated Flathead V8. The new 317ci (5.2-liter) unit was extremely smooth, thanks to eight crankshaft counterbalances where most V8s had just six, plus it was easily tuned. The new car also had a very stiff chassis, with six crossmembers on the separate frame, making the car's new MacPherson strut suspension work well and improving the model's durability. In its inaugural year the Capri took the Carrera Panamericana in first, second, third and fourth places, then did the same the following year, but just first and second places in 1954. But the Capri boasted more than performance as it also has power-operated leather seats, power windows, power steering and brakes, and even a I Hydramatic transmission. In 1956 the car was dramatically restyled; production fell by 50 percent.
Lincoln Capri (1954) Specifications
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