Lot 196

Hershey 2018

1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

The Richard L. Burdick Collection

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$37,400 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Chassis No.
7H 168585
Body No.
5EH-56-577
  • Offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection
  • One of just 738 produced
  • An older restoration in wonderful Valley Green
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

When Lincoln resumed post-war automobile production in 1946, the Continental sparkled with new, bolder chrome detailing, especially around the redesigned, more squared-off grille, which gave the car a great presence on the road. It remained an expensive and exclusive automobile that was often purchased by Hollywood celebrities. Continental production for 1947 was very limited, with only 831 club coupes and 738 cabriolets made.

The example offered here was acquired by Richard L. Burdick from the late, respected West Coast collector, Chuck Swimmer, in 2008, and has remained on display in his collection for the last decade. It is finished in the unusual, rare, and beautiful color of Valley Green, with a complementary dark green leather interior and tan cloth top. An older restoration with some signs of age and use, it remains very solid overall, with a rust-free body and chassis. Accessories include a dashboard clock, radio, and power windows and top – both highly advanced features for the late 1940s. At the time of cataloguing, the car had recorded 17,274 miles, likely since completion of the restoration.

Every collection of Full Classics requires the beautiful, subtle Continental, a design landmark of its age. This is a fine example, with an especially striking color scheme sure to make it stand out in any collection.