1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Sedan
Chassis no. 51LP15854L
The last Lincoln designed by Eugene T. "Bob" Gregorie, the Cosmopolitan was Lincoln's first truly post-WWII car. Introduced alongside the 1949 Ford and Mercury Eight, both of which became popular with hotrodders, the Cosmopolitan featured rounded, somewhat bulbous, styling that had one foot in the future with the enveloped fenders but the other in the early '40s with the overall conservatism of the design. The aerodynamic hood ornament and recessed 'Frenched' headlights were unique design features that became popular with the aforementioned hotrodders though.
Lincoln had dropped its aging V-12 by '49 but had only gone so far as to replace it with a 337cid flathead V-8 that had its roots in Ford truck motors. The 150hp motor delivered power through an optional Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic or 3-speed manual. Power windows and seats were standard fare. Suicide doors, a feature Lincoln would feature until 1967, were present here as well, but a center pillar provided some extra rigidity. Offered in sedan, coupe, and convertible form, Cosmopolitans did everything from compete successfully in the Carrera Panamericana in coupe form to chauffer the President of the US and other heads of states in custom limousine form.
Bob Shaffner's Lincoln Cosmopolitan Sedan joined the collection in February 2010 from Ontario, Canada. Finished in Brewster Green with the optional Hydra-Matic transmission and dual spotlights, it is largely original save for a later repaint, a recovered front bench, and a reproduction intake manifold. Showing less than 50,000 original miles, it was produced in the final year for this body style. Last run a year ago, it was reported to start and drive with ease.
An uncommon sight today, Cosmopolitans are not often offered for sale. To find a largely original sedan in such good stead is a real find and a fun way to expand a collection or get into the hobby and start a new one!