1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental CabrioletSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $63,800

Specifications: 120hp, 292 cu. in. L-head 12-cylinder engine, downdraft Stromberg carburetor, column-mounted three-speed synchromesh transmission, solid front axle, live rear axle with a two speed Columbia rear-end, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

In 1938, Edsel expressed an interest in a distinctive “ special convertible coupe that was long, low and rakish. ” It was not intended as a production model but the request coincided with an almost total collapse in orders for the luxury Lincoln Model K.

Designer Bob Gregorie hit upon the idea of using the Zephyr chassis for Edsel ’ s “ special convertible ” and in less than an hour sketched the outline of the two-door, four-seat body over an outline drawing of a Zephyr sedan. The hood line and cowl were lowered and pushed back with the front fenders extended to match. The rear fenders, with skirts over the tires, also were extended to match the bustle-style trunk. The folding top had blind quarters. There was almost no bright trim, a concession to Edsel ’ s preference for simplicity as well as the lack of time to make one-off trim pieces.

Called the Lincoln Zephyr Continental (it would become simply the Lincoln Continental in 1941), it was rushed into production as a 1940 model. Only 404 were built that year, 350 cabriolets and 54 coupes, each to all intents and purposes hand built. Avidly sought by high society, businessmen, celebrities and sports figures, the Continental re-established the exclusive, luxury image of the Lincoln marque and is rightly regarded as one of the landmark automobile designs of the century.

The 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet presented here was purchased by the current owner in 1990 from a Lincoln Continental Owners Club member. Until his purchase, this Continental had been in California from new and an inspection of the body and chassis will certainly impress anyone who has inspected a classic car that was raised in wet and salty climates. It is finished in burgundy with a camel colored Haartz cloth top and a matching burgundy leather interior. Although restored some time ago, the cabriolet still has an attractive appearance; however upon closer inspection, the paint, body and chrome show slight signs of aging. Overall this solid example, the Continental presented here would make a fine addition to any prewar collection, or with some additional attention, as a CCCA Full Classic, would be welcome at any number of events across North America.

Reference Number 11609

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental Cabriolet
VIN H100569 
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