Lot 164

Amelia Island 2014

1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

Offered from the Pray Collection


$66,000 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida



Chassis No.
  • Offered from the Pray Collection
  • The last year of the classic Continental
  • A very well-kept older restoration
  • CCCA Full Classic

125 bhp, 292 cu. in. flathead V-12 engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission with overdrive, front and rear transverse leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 125 in.

The story of the original Lincoln Continental has become a legend of the Classic Era. Edsel Ford had his favored stylist, Bob Gregorie, design a customized Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe for him to drive during a winter vacation in Florida. Ford’s society friends were so impressed by the design, with its low, sleek lines devoid of chrome and a rear-mounted spare, that it was soon put into production. The result, dubbed the Continental as a reflection of its styling influences, would remain part of the Lincoln line until 1948, being adapted each season to match the company’s “standard” models.

Arguably, the Continental was the first true “personal luxury” car, as it was a large two-door, five-passenger automobile that was sporty enough for the polo player but also elegant enough to park at the club. It was that dual-personality appeal and outright beautiful design that have made it a lasting legend and among the most popular of CCCA Classics.

It is easy to see how a well-presented Continental would figure into Malcolm S. Pray Jr.’s collection. He acquired this 1948 Cabriolet several years ago, and it has remained well kept since. The car was restored in the mid-1990s, with photographic documentation of which on file, and it has required only light maintenance since. In addition, it is accompanied by a copy of the original build card, as provided by The Benson Ford Research Center. This Lincoln has been described as a high-quality local show car, as its Lincoln Maroon paint still holds a rich shine, as does much of the chrome, and it shows only 12,825 miles, likely since restoration. The top and interior are in good older-restored condition and show only minor use. Importantly, the hydraulic pushbutton doors—one of the later Continental’s most wonderful features—work very well.

This Continental is suitable for any collection, as well as for enjoyment in concours tours and CCCA activities, and it reflects the dashing nature of both its designer and its creator.