1941 Lincoln
Lot 374
1941 Lincoln Continental Club Coupe Chassis no. H115120
US$ 55,000 - 65,000
£32,000 - 38,000
Lot Details
1941 Lincoln Continental Club Coupe
Chassis no. H115120
292ci L-head V-12 engine
Single downdraft carburetor
120bhp at 3,500rpm
Three-speed manual transmission
Solid front axle front suspension and floating
rear axle with transverse leaf springs
Four-wheel hydraulically actuated drum brakes

-Famed Continental design
-Interesting original ownership and features
-CCCA Full Classic™

The Continental

Nowadays synonymous with Lincoln, the 'Continental' name was first used in 1939 for Bob Gregorie's masterly styling exercise on the V12 Zephyr chassis. A sportier, top-of-the-range companion to the Zephyr, the Continental had started out as a personal, custom-bodied one-off commissioned by Lincoln boss Edsel Ford and would be hailed as a classic of automotive design by both the Museum of Modern Art and Classic Car Club of America. Few changes were made until the September 1941 introduction of the '42 model. Representing the Continental in its earliest, purest form, the 1940/41 models are scarce and highly sought after, all the more so because of their CCCA 'Full Classic' status.

The Motorcar Offered

Among its brethren even, this particular car is something special. The story goes that the Continental was originally purchased by the owner of a large lumber company up in Oregon, and it was he who commissioned the exquisite full wood steering wheel for the car, he was also responsible for the fitting of the external air horns, which were intended to arouse the staff to know that he was coming into work! It later passed into longer term ownership in California, before crossing the country to become part of a prominent family collection on the East Coast.

At some point, we believe roughly 15 years ago, the car was the subject of a thorough and high quality restoration, which was exacting in its detail. Its paintwork, chrome and interior all remain in very fine order indeed. Mechanically the car received a complete engine rebuild at the hands of Selby and Sons in Santa Rosa, California, a little while ago, since when it has only seen a little over 1,000 miles use. When exercised recently for the catalog photography the car was performing well, with good power and smooth shifting.

Resplendent in its black livery, this is so well accented by the many chrome trim pieces that these cars have and then further heightened by detailing/pinstriping in red, making for a stunning overall effect. This is complemented by its interior of black and grey cloth/leather, appointed with the beautiful art deco styled dash and gold trimmed levers/knobs, with the center piece being the aforementioned wood steering wheel.

With its fine presentation, ready to use order and an interesting original ownership this must surely be one of the best examples around.
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished.

If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the motorcars department or request a complimentary motorcar appraisal.

If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Samantha Hamill
    Auction Administration - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6514
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  2. Eric Minoff
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  3. Evan Ide
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work Boston, United States
    Work +1 917 340 4657
  4. Rupert Banner
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6515
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669