1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Chassis no. 8H 181 242
305ci L-head V-12 engine
Single two-barrel carburetor
130bhp at 3,600rpm
Three-speed manual transmission
I-beam front suspensions with leaf springs and live rear axle with leaf springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-Offered from a Private Collection
-Iconic early Continental
-A CCCA Full Classic
The Continental Convertible
The first generation Lincoln Continental of 1940-1948 brought European-inspired design elegance to the American automobile. The most famous, and certainly most widely emulated, attribute of the original Lincoln Continental was its rear-mounted, metal-shrouded spare tire.
The 1940-41 Continentals shared their pointed prow and curvaceous fender shapes with the streamlined contemporary Lincoln Zephyr, and they also shared that car's chassis. The 1942 Continentals featured new, more squared-off fenders, and the redesigned frontal appearance found on all Lincolns of that war-shortened model year.
When production resumed in 1946 following WWII, the Continental and other Lincolns generally continued the 1942 styling, but sparkled with new, bolder grillwork that gave them more road presence. The Continental offered here is one of 452 Cabriolets produced for 1948, the final year for the first-generation design and the last Continental until the Mark II was introduced in 1955.
During 1951 the Museum of Modern Art included a first-generation Continental in an eight-car exhibit honoring automotive design excellence. Collectors also recognized the 1940-48 Continentals as Classics early onno early Continental would ever be just another 'used car.' The cars' continuing popularity inspired the after-market accessory "continental kits" of the 1950s.
The 1946-48 Lincolns were the only post-WWII American cars powered by a V-12 engine. Rated at 130 horsepower, the 305-cid L-head twelve was coupled to a standard three-speed manual transmission.
The Continental Cabriolet was an expensive, ultra-exclusive car of very limited production. Many were purchased new by Hollywood celebrities. The list price for the 1948 Continental Cabriolets was $4,746more than two and a half times the cost of that year's Ford V-8 Convertible!
The Motorcar Offered
Handsomely finished in Pace Car Yellow with a red interior, this elegant Lincoln has been in the present ownership for more than 20 years. It was rather charmingly given by a wife to her husband as a present.
That gift, continued to be enjoyed and used over the last two decades, now represents an older restoration. Importantly it still retains its attractive period detail features from button door pushes to slightly Deco age dashboard, and on file are manuals for the '47 and '48 years of this model.
A CCCA Full Classic by definition, these elegant Lincoln Continentals remain one of the world's most coveted automobiles. This is a great entry level driver quality example.