1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible SOLD

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

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ESTIMATE: $80,000 - $100,000

$66,000 Sold

Formerly the Property of Noted Collector S. Ray Miller

305 cu. in L-head V12 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front with leaf sprung rear suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

The first all-new postwar Lincolns were introduced on April 22, 1948. When compared to the prewar models, the newly designed cars were more streamlined, however, the two-piece windshield on the 9E-L series was received with controversy. They were the brain child of Edsel Ford, who set out to not only surpass the mundane Cadillacs of the period, but also incorporate many notable European styling cues that he had picked up on in his travels throughout Europe. The series came in three different body styles (all of which accommodated six passengers): two-door club coupe, four-door sport sedan and two-door convertible. From far away, the Lincolns were hard to distinguish from Mercurys, but once you were close, they were much more luxurious.

Noted Indiana collector and motoring enthusiast S. Ray Miller purchased the Lincoln Continental Convertible offered here in 1978 with the aim of fully restoring the car. He set about finding a suitable firm, and settled on employing Eric and Vivian LaVine to undertake the restoration to concours standards.

Following the no-expense-spared restoration of the Lincoln, the car was shown at the Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic where it was an award winner its first time out. Then it was off to the 1982 AACA National Meet, where it took home a Senior National First Prize. Since then the Lincoln has been shown at several other events including Lincoln Owner ĺ s Clubs, where it has also received awards in the postwar classes.

While in the S. Ray Miller Collection, the Lincoln did not seen much use. Following the purchase of the Lincoln from the 2004 RM auction, the current owner reportedly spent a small fortune in order to bring the car into fit running and driving order. The results have made the Lincoln a thoroughly enjoyable and impressive car, with its mechanical condition now fully on par with the cosmetic condition. The black paintwork has remained in excellent condition, as has the black leather interior and tan top. The dashboard and interior are beautifully executed in their overall presentation, while the red tinted steering wheel is equally impressive and shows only minor wear and no cracking.

Overall, the 1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible is in excellent cosmetic condition and it shows beautifully for a car that is now sporting a 20-year-old restoration, though mechanically it virtually brand new. These grand tourers of the postwar period are truly the swan song of the classic era and the twelve-cylinder engine, as the Continental was one of only 457 built and clearly marked the end of an era. They have continued to appreciate in both desirability and collector status, and this is truly a handsome example of the breed.

Reference Number 5829

as of 1/10/2007

Car 1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
VIN 8H174303 
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