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Monday, April 13, 2020

A gorgeous retro concept of Lincoln Indianapolis

After taking control of the Ford Motor Company in 1945, Henry Ford II was eager to bring the company into the modern era. Lincoln-Zephyr and Cosmopolitan products are a pretty good example of this update, but Ford wants a far more radical car to be displayed at the 1955 Turin Motor Show.
1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept is displayed for the first time at the 1955 Turin Motor Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3b6fTyq)
At that time, many Italian design houses and car body companies formed alliances with US automotive companies, which were considered to have thicker pockets. Ghia is allied with Chrysler; Bertone with Packard; and Carrozzeria Touring with Hudson.
Right side view of 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3b7w9Py)
Ford turned to Felice Mario Boano to design and build a radical car which was later given the name Lincoln Indianapolis. Felice Mario's son, Gian Paolo Boano, then designed an elegant, flamboyant and bold concept car. This concept was favored by Ford II, and was immediately prepared for its debut in Turin.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3b7w9Py)
Lincoln Indianapolis is equipped with a V8 engine capable of producing more than 200 horsepower, combined with a four-speed automatic gearbox, independent front suspension and live rear axle.
1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept is equipped with a V8 engine capable of producing more than 200 horsepower. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3b7w9Py)
After making its first public debut at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, Lincoln Indianapolis was later used by Henry Ford II for a while. Then, this car is believed to have been given by Ford II to his friend, Errol Flynn. Unfortunately, in the 1960s the car was badly damaged by fire.
Rear three quarter of 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3b6fTyq)
Finally, a complete restoration began in 2002 by using Boano's original design which was then painted in a bright orange color on the exterior while the car's interior covered by the black-and-white colored genuine leather like the original version.
Then, in 2006, Lincoln Indianapolis, Boano's creation was sold for the US. $1,375,000 (approximately Rp.15.8 billion) at the Gooding Auctions auction in Pebble Beach, California, and then sold for $1.21M at RM’s Andrews Collection sale in Fort Worth five years ago. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HAGERTY]
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