The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 215

1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible

$48,400 USD | Sold

United States | Grapevine, Texas

20 October 2012

Chassis No.

154 hp, 337 cu. in. V-8 engine, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front with rear leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121 in.

The 1949 Lincolns were all new from the ground up. Gone were the pontoon fenders, replaced by a flowing envelope styling that drifted slowly down to the back bumper. The Lincoln shared its body dies with its Mercury sibling, yet it was easily distinguished by its handsome grille and more powerful V-8 engine. Lincolns proved popular with racers—Johnny Mantz finished 9th in the first Mexican Road Race in 1950—as well as with the White House, which ordered 19 for presidential, government, and VIP use.

In 1951, the last year for this Lincoln model, the grille was modified with a center horizontal section and five vertical louvers for a slightly more sophisticated look, yet the instantly recognizable sunken headlamps remained. The dash was remodeled in 1950, which saw the placing of the speedometer directly in front of the driver. This was an important change, as the sport sedan could easily surpass the superlative 100 mph mark. At the same time, the Lincoln achieved 25 mpg on the Mobil Economy Run on March 8, 1951.

One of just 857 built, the 1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible presented here is one of a few known surviving examples. It has been a cherished member of the Charlie Thomas Collection for more than a decade. An older restoration, the Brewster Green paint has held up well on a very straight body with attractive fender skirts, and it has presentable stainless all around. A Pea Green interior accompanies the exterior color well, and while the upholstery appears to have been replaced, the door panels and dash have a clean yet unrestored appearance. A power top and power windows are two great conveniences. The flathead V-8 remains in original form, with all hoses and clamps in order. With the combination of restoration and preservation, this striking Lincoln is a desirable find.

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