1941 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Chassis no. H617749
292ci L-head V12 Engine
Single 2-Barrel Carburetor
120bhp at 3,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission with Dual-Ratio Rear Axle
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*A styling icon of the 1940s
*In present ownership for more than three decades
*Multiple award winning restoration
*Appealing color scheme
*The top-of-the-line Lincoln of its day
The Lincoln Continental
Lincoln finally abandoned Henry Leland's superbly engineered V-8 in 1933, becoming an all-V-12 line that year of full size, classically engineered automobiles. To meet the market's need for a lower-priced luxury offering in 1936, Lincoln introduced the Lincoln Zephyr with brilliant styling abundant in art deco details. Featuring an all-steel body with full steel roof, it was powered by a new V-12 engine derived from the strong and proven Ford V-8. Four cylinders were added and the cylinder angle was changed to 75º to give even firing impulses. Aluminum cylinder heads were employed for better cooling and combustion control. Lincoln remained "all V-12" but with only 267 cubic inches displacement (enlarged to 292 cubic inches in 1940), the Zephyr was economical both to build and to operate.
Lincoln's showpiece in 1940 was the brilliantly styled Continental, a model that has rightfully become a legend among American luxury marques. The first Continental was rushed to completion, and in order for it to be ready in time for its introduction almost all exterior brightwork was eliminated, thus creating the elegant, unembellished styling that became one of the Continental's hallmarks. It continued to be built through the 1948 model year, and has been designated as a "Full Classic" by the Classic Car Club of America, one of the very few post-war cars with that honor.
The Motorcar Offered
This Lincoln Continental has been in the current ownership for nearly three decades. Acquired in fully restored condition, it has enjoyed many miles of careful use. In the car's prior ownership it was awarded a first prize by the CCCA, no surprise given the quality of the restoration. Despite the more than 30 years since the Lincoln was restored, it has held up quite well and still appears eminently presentable today. The interior has aged to a very appealing level where it could almost pass for a well-preserved original. Finished in the very complimentary Washington Blue over red color scheme, its visual presentation enhances the refined style of the Continental.
The car runs well and its on-the-road prowess is improved by its Columbia two-speed rear axle, allowing easy highway cruising. The care and maintenance of the Lincoln has been trusted to Classic Coachworks in Hyannis, Massachusetts, who have and continue to look after the car diligently. The car has just been recently serviced and new water pumps installed, and subsequently a Bonhams specialist had the pleasure of experiencing the fine road manners and good performance of this Lincoln - a testament to the care and maintenance it has received over the years.
A well cared for Lincoln Continental Convertible such as the car offered here just begs to be enjoyed on the open road. A charming older restoration that has aged gracefully, it is not only deserving of your close inspection, but as a CCCA Full Classic it should be an eminently usable companion for CCCA Concours events and tours.
- Please note that the correct chassis number for this vehicle is H117749.