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1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
CHASSIS NO. H147325
ENGINE NO. 810237
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2001 Lincoln Trophy Winner
One of 201 Produced
Museum-Displayed Example
Featured in The Performing Art of the American Automobile

305 CID L-Head V-12 Engine
Single 2-Barrel Carburetor
130 BHP at 3,600 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front I-Beam Suspension with Leaf Springs
Rear Live Axle with Leaf Springs
The Post-War Continental
Like most American cars, when Lincoln resumed production after WWII, the Continental continued to wear basically the same design as it had prior to the production moratorium. A major exception to this was a new ornate eggcrate grille that had been designed by Ford stylist E.T. Gregorie in the Summer of 1941 but, due to the war, was never implemented. In addition to the dynamic chrome fascia, Lincoln luxury was evident in the cabriolet’s handcrafted fenders and high price tag of $4,472, making it the most expensive production-based personal luxury car built in America. The 1946 Continental made such an indelible impression that it was selected as the pace car of that year’s Indianapolis 500.
This Car
This outstanding Continental is one of only 201 cabriolets constructed in 1946 and one of considerably fewer that remain in existence today. Though much of this car’s history is unknown, it is apparent that by 1976 the car had come into the care of Alan Berg of Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Within a year of his purchase, Mr. Berg set about an extensive restoration conducted by The Restoration Shop of Jamesburg, New Jersey. Sourcing correct NOS parts from known marque specialists such as Vintage Auto Warehouse in Frederick, Maryland, and Lincoln Services, Ltd. in Pennsylvania, the artisans at The Restoration Shop were able to refurbish this Continental to its majestic original condition.

In November 2001, this car won a Lincoln Trophy at the Eastern National Meet of the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club held in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In recognition of the Best Primary Continental from 1946 to 1948, this award was conferred with a Senior Badge that accompanies the car today. In 2004, this Continental was acquired by the consignor, who has since stored it in a museum collection for public viewing. Additionally, this car was featured in The Performing Art of the American Automobile, a 2006 volume written by Jonathan Stein that features pictures by esteemed automotive photographer Michael Furman. A copy of the book is included with the car.

This handsome Lincoln wears whitewall tires and is finished in a deep coat of Monsoon Maroon paint. Its interior is appointed in tan leather and it offers a matching tan soft top. The car is accompanied by a binder of documentation, including restoration receipts, original registration cards and its award letter from the LCOC. Rich in details such as its elegant Art Deco clock, delicate chrome and streamlined hood ornament, this fabulous Continental is a premier example of post-war American styling and luxury motoring that would make a glowing addition to a collection.

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John "Old School" Dancy, Primos, Pennsylvania, US
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