1942 Lincoln Continental Convertible SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $75,000 - $95,000
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$93,500 Sold

130hp 292 cu. in. side valve 12-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil and leaf sprung suspension and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

The first Lincoln Continental was rushed to completion by Bob Gregorie, head of Ford ’ s Design Department, as a one-off for Edsel Ford. Among the shortcuts taken in order for it to be ready in time for his upcoming vacation was the elimination of almost all exterior brightwork.

Thus, the elegant, unembellished styling that has become one of the Continental ’ s hallmarks was, at least in part, a serendipitous maneuver. The Continental was highly praised by Edsel ’ s Florida circle and the decision was made to put it into production in 1940. In fact, its design was so well received the Museum of Modern Art selected the Continental as one of eight automotive works of art. A tribute to its quality, Edsel Ford ’ s taste, and talents of Bob Gregorie ’ s design department, it continued to be built through the 1948 model year.

The 1942 Continental Convertible offered here is a remarkable car. Not only is it one of just 136 examples built before World War II, it was delivered new to be the personal car of its creator, Edsel Ford. Additionally, it is believed that this Continental was the very last new car owned by Edsel before his untimely passing.

Although now aging slightly, when fresh, the quality of the restoration of this Continental Convertible was excellent and was rewarded with a CCCA National First Prize. Under close inspection, the burgundy paint displays some slight imperfections that could easily be remedied by a thorough, professional detailing. The brightwork also displays slight pitting in some areas, but this does not greatly detract from the overall appearance of the vehicle. The interior and engine bay are both very nice, yet show wear appropriate to occasional fair weather driving.

With its unique and individual history and provenance, and being a very presentable older restoration, the sale of this 1942 Continental Convertible offers its next owner a verity of options. Either as an excellent candidate for a professional restoration or as the ideal car to take on any number of exciting touring events across the country, whatever the next owner chooses, they will surely find ownership of this Continental truly satisfying.

Reference Number 5748

as of 1/9/2007

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Car 1942 Lincoln Continental Convertible
VIN 132054 
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