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  Lincoln Indianapolis

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1955
Numbers built:1
Introduced at:1955 Turin Motor Show
Designed by:Gian Carlo Boano
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 30, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionDubbed the Indianapolis, it made its debut at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, firmly establishing Boano as one of Italy's leading design houses. The car also graced the cover of the November issue of Auto Age magazine. The Indianapolis was well received by the Ford Motor Company, who acquired the car and reportedly offered Boano a ten-year contract to head the manufacturer's design department. He declined and instead decided to stay closer to home by joining forces with Fiat in 1957.

Ford eventually sold the Indianapolis or perhaps gifted the car to legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn; there is only circumstantial evidence to substantiate this claim. It was eventually acquired by Thomas Kerr, who would go on to own the Turin show car for four decades. By that time, the interior had been damaged and it needed some more work. Kerr commissioned Jim Kox and his son Jim Jr. to complete restore the Lincoln and make it fully functional for the first time.

Having been out of the limelight for many decades, the Indianapolis made its post-restoration debut at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It completed the Tour d'Elegance and placed first in the Postwar Custom Coachwork Class. In the following years, it was extensively shown by Kerr at all of the major events in North America. He eventually sold the Indianapolis to the current owners, who continued to show it at concours predominantly on the East Coast.

The Indianapolis' most recent appearance was at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where Lincoln was the featured marque. It once again successfully completed the Tour and won the Lincoln Trophy. In November, it will be offered in RM Auctions' prestigious Art of the Automobile sale in New York.

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