Time machine

By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

This one was just too good to pass up, although it may be gone by the time you go looking.

A friend sent a link to an Ebay auction for a 1954 Lincoln Capri Two-door hardtop. The California car looks to be in very good condition and will probably bring the seller a nice price. It was a desirable model in its day and this one is well-optioned including a combination outside mirror and spotlight (ooooh!), 4-speed hydromatic trans, and stylish chrome rain guards over the tops of the windows. But to live large in the mid-Fifties you needed…

…air conditioning, parts of which are in the trunk!

What we have here is a living example of an early, factory integrated A/C system. The huge compressor is under the hood, belt-driven by the V-8 engine; long hoses run to the rear of the car and connect to the evaporator, fans and ductwork neatly packaged in the trunk. Cold air is delivered into the cabin by plastic outlets on the rear shelf.

According to the service plate, the system uses four pounds of Freon 12, and the seller notes that the “A/C will require servicing for use” — but the almost 60-year old system is still believed to be operable.

These pics were provided by the seller, and there are more at the bidding link below.

Even if old cars aren’t your thing, this one’s worth looking at if only as a commentary on how far we’ve come. At this writing, bidding was just under ten grand, with the reserve price not yet met. Let us know if you buy it.


The Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s blog has been honored as the best business to business blog in the Automotive Aftermarket by the Automotive Communications Awards and the Car Care Council Women’s Board!

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, click here for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org or visit http://bit.ly/cf7az8 to find a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Visit http://bit.ly/9FxwTh to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Convention and Trade Show will take place February 7-9, 2013 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL


About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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