There are really only two ways you would have already come across the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis concept in your travels: frequenting the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, or frequenting enthusiast corners of the internet.
Nonetheless, you know of it now; it’s the unforgettable beauty pictured above, and on Saturday, May 2nd, it will be auctioned off to a new owner through RM Auctions.
The 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis concept was the work of Gian Paolo Boano, son of Felice Mario Boano, who acquired a Lincoln chassis in order to build a concept car that would hopefully result in a contract with Ford. It worked, and Henry Ford II extended an offer to Felice Mario Boano… who promptly told Fiat of the offer, and used it as leverage to coerce Fiat into forming the Centro Stile department, installing Boano as its head.
If not for this surprise defection, the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis concept might actually have been put into production, and the brand – as well as the United States as a whole – would have been far happier and better-off for it.
Sadly, only the one example exists. The 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis is powered by a 341 cubic-inch (5.6-liter) V8 engine, of the overhead-valve pushrod variety. With its 4-barrel carburetor, it pushes about 220 HP through a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Upon its debut at the Turin Motor Show in Italy, the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis concept sent the crowd into a tizzy; the question on everyone‘s lips was whether this represented the future of Lincoln. Back in 2006, it sold for nearly $1.4 million at the Gooding & Company Auction in Pebble Beach, CA.