Lot 214

Hershey 2023

1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible


$41,800 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
Body No.
876H 56 786
Canadian Registration
  • One of just 452 Lincoln Continental cabriolets built in 1948
  • A fine example of the legendary model first designed by Bob Gregorie for Edsel Ford
  • Finished in correct Grotto Blue with a tan top over blue leather
  • Equipped with a 305 cu.-in. V-12 engine; factory options of a radio, heater, chrome bands, fog lamps, and whitewall tires
  • Recognized as a CCCA Full Classic

Inspired by the elegant designs he saw while on a trip to Europe in 1938, Edsel Ford challenged designer Bob Gregorie—the first to hold such a title at Ford Motor Company, and creator of the stunning boattail bodywork for Ford the younger’s now-famous 1932 Model 40 Special Speedster—to develop a new and stylish Lincoln. Gregory devised a convertible coupe on the existing Lincoln Zephyr chassis with Edsel Ford’s input, which stipulated that it be long and low for a speedy look. Launched as the 1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental, the long-running model has become the marque’s most iconic. In 1951, the Museum of Modern Art chose the Continental as one of eight automotive “works of art,” while eight years later Time ranked it within the top 10 of the 100 best-designed products.

The 1948 Continental, an example of which is offered here, was a prewar holdover as Lincoln prepared an all-new model for 1949. It remained exclusive, large, and luxurious, clearly benefitting from hand craftsmanship. Power came from a 305 cubic-inch L-head V-12 engine rated at 130 horsepower. Just 847 Club Coupes and 452 Convertibles were produced for the 1948 model year.

This example was assembled on 5 November 1947, according to a copy of its original build sheet. It came finished from the factory, as it is now, in attractive Grotto Blue with a tan top. The interior featured blue leather and whipcord upholstery while options included a radio, heater, chrome bands, fog lamps, and whitewall tires.

Acquired by the consignor in 2010, this Continental has been well maintained as part of a collection. In early 2023, the engine and other mechanical components were refurbished to keep the car in top condition. Recognized as a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic, this Lincoln is eligible for numerous tours and activities.

Now offered with a copy of its original build record along with parts and service invoices for work performed under current ownership, this relatively rare and quite remarkable convertible presents an excellent opportunity to acquire one of the last Lincoln Continentals to feature the exceedingly elegant prewar design.