1940 Lincoln Continental ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $70,000-$85,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $66,000

120hp, 292 cu. in. V12 L-Head, Holly downdraft two-barrel carburetor, three-speed sliding gear transmission, semi-floating rear axle, four-wheel Bendix hydraulic internal expanding brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

It was no secret when Henry Ford purchased Lincoln from the Lelands in 1922 that the company was for his son, Edsel. His involvement in Lincoln would allow Edsel to amuse himself with the design concepts that he had talked about his whole life.

“ Let father build thousands of inexpensive cars – I will design and build the finest automobiles the world has seen. ” – Edsel Ford

The 1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental was one of those amazing designs – the car that history cannot forget. Lincoln had been building wonderful and smooth V12 engines for years, but in 1940, Lincoln was the only company in the American automobile industry with a V12.

It all began when Edsel returned from traveling extensively in Europe and asked his chief stylist Bob Gregorie to help sketch out a car to be built for his personal use. The sketches included long hoods, sweeping fenders, trim bumpers, tall, narrow grilles, and of course, the spare had to be on the back. This design element would forever to be known as the “ continental spare tire ” .

The Lincoln Continental Convertible featured here is one of the early hand-built models and sits on a Zephyr 12- cylinder chassis no. 81. It includes a radio, clock, power top and heater delete. It is finished in its original colors, black with a burgundy interior and a black convertible top. The Continental has also been the beneficiary of some restoration work that includes a rebuilt engine, brakes, fuel system, and a complete re-wiring. Although the Classic Car Club of America classifies it as a Full Classic, it has never been judged or shown.

Originally delivered to Long Beach, California, this Continental Convertible carried a price tag three times that of a regular Ford or Mercury convertible and twice as much as a Zephyr. In spite of this, the example presented here is far less expensive than any other 12-cylinder convertible in the collector car market today.

These early Continentals are highly regarded by collectors today, representing the purest form of the breed. They are also the most rare, and consequently the opportunity to acquire an example being offered without reserve is one not to be missed.

Reference Number 11211

as of 7/14/2007

Car 1940 Lincoln Continental Convertible
VIN H95945 
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