Post Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:22 am

1942 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

H133783 1942 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

Estimate
$130,000 - $150,000

FANTASY BID: $85,000.00

SOLD: $86,000.00

Highlights
•1 of 136 produced in 1942
•Believed to be only 27 known to exist
•Concours restoration
•305 CI V-12 engine
•3-speed manual transmission
•Refreshed in correct Darian Blue
•Blue leather upholstery with Gold accents
•White Bakelite knobs
•Two-spoke steering wheel
•1942-exclusive 'Ball and Wing' mascot
•Fender skirts
•Wide Whitewall tires
•Painted wheels
•Chrome hubcaps

In a world and era of excess and pizazz, Lincoln often exercised restraint and a certain nod toward European design influences. When Edsel Ford worked with stylist Bob Gregorie in 1939 to create a unique car for his March vacation to Florida, Gregorie customized a Lincoln Zephyr with virtually no chrome elements, a pushbutton door latch and a seriously low profile—about 7 inches lower than stock —all on a slick convertible body. With running boards removed, the car sported a flowing, slippery body and was created on deadline and delivered to Florida. Edsel’s new car was a sensation and he soon sent word back home that he could sell 1,000 of the new models immediately, leading to the birth of the Lincoln Continental. Hand built until 1941, the Continental became an icon of design and style purchased often by a who’s who of society. For 1942, only 136 Continental cabriolets were produced before the guns of war put a stop to production, marking it as one of the rarest of the original Continentals … it is believed that only 27 remain. This 1942 Continental cabriolet underwent a concours-level restoration and was finished in correct Darian Blue with a tan top. Wide whitewall tires wrap color-matched painted wheels topped with chrome hubcaps and the fender skirts add a degree of elegance. The interior is adorned with blue leather, gold accents, 2-spoke steering wheel and white Bakelite knobs. The Continental also hosts the 1942-only ‘Ball and Wing’ mascot. Under hood is a 305-cubic-inch V-12 engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. This car demonstrates many of the attributes that helped America fall in love with the automobile and is among the rarest vintage Lincolns. It presents an astonishingly rare opportunity to own a stylish piece of automotive history for the right buyer.

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