In recent months, we’ve seen a bevy of Blue Oval-branded race cars surface for sale at various collector car auction sites across the web, a list that includes a 1994 NASCAR Thunderbird, a 2008 Ford GT-R, a 2008 Focus Spec racer, a 2001 NASCAR Taurus, and another 2008 Focus racer. Now, we have a very cool and seldomly seen race car to add to that list as well – this 1954 Lincoln Capri, which is currently up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.
This 1954 Lincoln Capri two-door hardtop was transformed into a 1950s-era La Carrera Panamericana race car by the folks at John Ward Motorsports in Alpine, Texas in the late ’90s. Since then, it has participated in the 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011 runnings of that revived event, as well as the 2008 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2014 Chihuahua Express rally. Now, it’s looking for a new home.
On the outside, the well-worn racer features a patina-inspired wrap job, along with fiberglass bumpers and inner fenders, a louvered hood, screw-on rear fender skirts, hood and trunk pins, a quarter-panel side-exit exhaust outlet, a siren, Lexan rear and side windows with capped ventilation holes, and 16×8-inch black Diamond Racing D-window steel wheels wrapped with 255/50 Toyo Proxes RA1 competition tires.
The interior of this vintage Lincoln is all business, equipped with goodies such as a roll cage, Racetech RT4009HR racing seats, window nets, dual fire-suppression systems, Tilton Engineering 600-series adjustable pedals, an MSD 6AL ignition controller, auxiliary gauges, and loads of toggle switches.
Mechanically speaking, this 1954 Lincoln Capri has a bevy of mods underneath including chromoly front control arms, coilovers, a three-link torque arm, a Panhard bar, and four-wheel disc brakes with six-piston Wilwood calipers up front and four-piston units in the rear. Power comes from a Ford Racing Performance Parts 392 cubic-inch crate engine, which sends 430 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque to the wheels via a Ford Performance Super-Duty Tremec T5 five-speed manual transmission and a 9-inch rear end with a Detroit Locker differential and 4.10 gears – making this one heck of a cool and competent vintage racer.