The Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum now has a very significant automobile on display—the first Lincoln purchased by long-time legendary Lincoln collector and enthusiast Jack Passey Jr. who died in August 2015 at the age of 86.
The car is an original, unrestored 1923 Lincoln phaeton with a unique “California top.” The car was placed on loan to the museum by Jack’s daughter, Lisa Passey-Chaffin, who now owns the car. She had attended the grand opening of the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum in August 2014 and saw the museum’s Preservation Display that is dedicated to her late father. That display was funded by the Cabrillo (California) Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Jack acquired the Lincoln in 1949 for $40. He drove it for many years, including his college years at San Joes State, but as his collection of early Lincolns and other Classic automobiles grew it ended up in storage, which lasted 30 years.
In early March the Lincoln was awakened from its long slumber by Lisa, her brother, Bill, her son, Brandon, and a family friend, Linus Tremaine. In addition to getting the Lincoln running the quartet installed a new set of tires. That was all. The car remains as it was when Jack acquired it 67 years ago.
Transportation of the Lincoln from the Passey home in Watsonville, California was provided by Reliable Carriers of Michigan.
Shortly after his passing a memorial fund was established in Jack’s name at the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation.