Hershey | Lot 143

1948 Lincoln Continental Club Coupe

$28,600 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

6 October 2016

  • The last year of the original Continental design
  • Very nice older restoration with a beautiful interior
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

Series 876H. Body Style 57. 125 bhp, 292 cu. in. flathead V-12 engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, front and rear transverse leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum 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.

The 1948 Club Coupe offered here is a good-quality older restoration, in a subtle metallic variation of classic Lincoln maroon, with a proper burgundy leather and broadcloth interior in the original pattern. Panel gaps throughout are good, as is the fit and finish of the body and the interior, which is rich, comfortable, and can best be described as fresh. Chrome and stainless trim throughout is older and may well be original. With 34,720 miles recorded on the odometer, the car retains a correct radio and dashboard clock.

This car would be an excellent driver for Classic Car Club of America CARavans and Antique Automobile Club of America activities as one of the most modern “Full Classics.”

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