First presented at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, the Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe has become legend. It is a concept car created at the intersection of Detroit and Italy during the post WWII world of industrial madness.
After the Great Depression and World War II, the creativity of the country (and Detroit) rose like a phoenix after years of austerity. Steel manufacturing, and industrial design innovations that were once focused on war-making machines, now turned to consumer goods.
Many American car companies turned to Italy for creative inspiration. Ghia created a relationship with Chrysler; Bertone with Packard; and Touring with Hudson.
The 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe was constructed by Carrozzeria Boano Torino, with a futuristic design inspired by an aviation and built with a 200+ hp V8 and painted an extremely bright orange with a black-and-white checkered interior. It features a four-speed automatic gearbox, independent front suspension, and a live rear axle.
The one-of-a-kind concept car was elegant, as well as flamboyant and bold.
After the Turin Motor Show, the car was shipped to Detroit, and was kept by Henry Ford II. Eventually (as stories tell it) the car was later given to his friend, Errol Flynn. During the early 1960s the car was involved in a fire and it suffered much damage. The interior was completely ruined. The car was partially restored in the 1970s and went through a thorough renovation in the early 2000s—passing hands many times through the years.
The one-of-a-kind vehicle was sold in 2006 for $1,375,000 and was presented this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
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