The Lincoln-Zephyr is a marque that was used for the lower-priced line of mid-size luxury cars in the Lincoln line from 1936 until 1940. Lincoln-Zephyr and Mercury, introduced in 1939, bridged the wide gap between Ford's V-8 De Luxe line and the exclusive Lincoln K-series cars. This served a purpose similar to Cadillac's smaller LaSalle "companion car", the Chrysler Airstream, and Packard's smallest offering, the Packard One-Twenty. The car was conceived by Edsel Ford and designed by Eugene Turenne Gregorie. The Zephyr was unique in this class having a V-12, while the LaSalle had a V8 engine, and the Chrysler and Packard has straight 8 engines.