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Lincoln Capri (1954)


Lincoln Capri (1954)

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

Top speed:108 mph (173 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):13.4 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:317 ci (5,194 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:205 bhp (153 kW) @ 4,200 rpm
Max torque:280 lb ft (380 Nm) @ 1,800 rpm
Weight:4,250 lb (1,931 kg)
Economy:19 mpg (6.72 km/I)
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