Lot Number

1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

Sold For $63,800

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 6 - 7 OCTOBER 2011 - Offered on Friday

Chassis No.

120 bhp, 292 cu. in. flathead V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid axle front and rear suspension with transverse leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulically actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

- Ex-Cawley Collection

- One of only 400 examples built

- AACA Junior and Senior Award Winner

The Lincoln Continental was reportedly borne out of Edsel Ford’s desire to have a new custom car ready for his vacation to Palm Beach, Florida in March 1939. Chief Ford Designer Bob Gregorie swiftly drew up fresh designs, and the Ford craftsmen went to work building it. To the delight of Edsel, his friends swooned over the new design; he sent back word that he could have sold a thousand, and the new model went into production later that year.

This example is believed to have only 54,000 original miles and received a comprehensive body-off restoration completed in the late 1990s. It is finished in Rockingham Tan with a Maroon leather interior and Tan cloth top and boot. The quality of the restoration efforts was and remains exceptional, with AACA Junior and National Senior awards to prove it. The dashboard is finished in the correct wood-grain finish and also has the correct knobs and gold-rimmed instruments and radio speaker grille. Since its refurbishment and national debut, chassis H108325 has been well looked after as part of the Charles Cawley collection and most recently a notable East Coast collector. Today the interior is lightly yet comfortably worn, and it is only beginning to acquire patina from a few years of careful use.

The paint shows off the clean Gregorie-designed body lines, and as a top-of-the-line model, this Continental comes with power windows, clock, radio, continental kit and fender skirts as standard options. The three-speed manual transmission is also equipped with factory overdrive which lends itself to high-speed touring, not to mention the 306-cubic inch V-12, which produces 130 horsepower and enough torque to convey a full complement of passengers. With its long, low profile, heavy grille and contrasting whitewall tires, the Lincoln Continental convertible was the preferred conveyance of major celebrities and personalities of its day, most notably Bugsy Siegel, and will convey that same feeling of opulence on leisurely weekend jaunts.

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