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
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.
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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.