1940 Lincoln Continental Town CarSOLD
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Estimate: $100,000-$150,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$42,900 Sold

150hp, 414 cu. in. V12 engine, three-speed transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

First introduced in 1939 to Edsel Ford ’ s fellow Floridian snowbirds, the Continental ’ s design withstood a five-year wartime hiatus and was revived from 1946 to 1948 with slightly revised grille and headlamp treatments. Featuring a formidable twelve-cylinder engine and European styling worthy of MoMA ’ s praise, the Continental was exceedingly elegant yet understated in its relative lack of chrome. Under Edsel ’ s direction, approximately ten Lincolns received custom coachwork by Brunn & Co. and were used by various Ford family members as chauffeur-driven Town Cars and limousines. Each example was customized for its owner with luxurious interior appointments.

This particular Continental Town car was the personal car of Mrs. Edsel Ford and is one of four produced in 1940. Up through 1948, it was updated several times with later model parts and sheet metal to keep its styling current with Lincoln ’ s latest model. In 1999, it was acquired by Mr. Wiseman through Mr. Michael Leith of North Carolina from a previous owner in Nevada.

With less than 19,000 original miles, Mrs. Ford ’ s Town Car is largely original and in presentable condition. Refinished in black, the paint shows minimal signs of shrinkage and appears fairly smooth. While the glass has survived well, most chrome pieces could benefit from restoration. The exposed driver ’ s seat is upholstered in brown leather and has retained a nice appearance, although the carpeting and door panels have aged somewhat. By comparison, the rear passenger compartment has survived quite well and is upholstered in tan mohair material throughout. The engine bay and undercarriage are generally of driver quality and representative of their former use. Given its low mileage and age, this Continental is a fascinating, original car with a provenance befitting American royalty.

In its day, acquiring a Lincoln Continental necessitated a sizeable pocketbook, exceptional taste, and supposedly even the approval of its discerning dealers. Of course such requirements were of no consequence to Mrs. Ford. Her Lincoln Continental Town Car by Brunn & Co. is one of a limited few custom made examples and has survived remarkably well after years of early service to the Ford family.

Reference Number 15009

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1940 Lincoln Continental Town Car
VIN H97763 
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