1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. H151420

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1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Chassis no. H151420

Sold for US$ 114,660 inc. premium
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Chassis no. H151420
Lincoln finally abandoned Henry Leland’s superbly engineered V-8 in 1933, becoming an all-V-12 line that year but it was a line 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.

Steadily upgraded, including adding hydraulic brakes in 1939, the success of the Zephyr no doubt quickened the inevitable demise of the large Lincoln K series which was phased out after the 1939 model year except on special order. The K was replaced as Lincoln’s showpiece in 1940 with the brilliantly-styled Lincoln Continental which has become a legend among American luxury marques.

The first Continental was rushed to completion by Bob Gregorie, head of Ford’s Design Department, as a one-off for Edsel Ford. Among the shortcuts taken in order for it to be ready in time for his upcoming vacation was the elimination of almost all exterior brightwork. Thus, the elegant, unembellished styling that has become one of the Continental’s hallmarks was at least in part a serendipitous expedient. It was well received among Edsel’s Florida circle and the decision made to put it into production in 1940. It continued to be built through the 1948 model year, a tribute to its quality, Edsel Ford’s taste and the design and engineering talents of Bob Gregorie’s Design Department.

The Hogan Collection’s 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet has an interesting story. It joined the collection – in a manner of speaking – about fifteen years ago when its prior owner asked Jack Hogan if he could garage it among Jack’s other car. There it sat until the late 90’s when the owner decided to sell it. Jack, whether by plan or by coincidence, became the owner, adding this mostly original and sound luxury Lincoln to the fleet of Fords in his collection. The odometer showed 76,542 miles at the time of cataloging and the car’s condition and originality strongly suggests that this is the actual mileage from new.

It is equipped with a power top and, unusually, overdrive, as well as rear fender skirts and wide whitewall tires. It has hydraulically operated power windows in common with most if not all postwar Continentals however the front seat is manually located rather being hydraulically operated as most Continentals were. A set of period appropriate 1946 license plates adorn the Continental and under the hood resides the original glass windshield washer bottle, a fragile item that has almost never survived this long.

Since acquiring it Jack Hogan has had new Red leather upholstery installed on the front seat and dyed the original rear seat upholstery to match and restore its luster. The hydraulic system that operates the power top and windows has been rebuilt. The paint is old, predating its first arrival among the Hogan cars. The top is Black cloth with Red piping and there is a similar top boot cover, both of which are older but sound.

Significantly, this Continental is fitted with the rare optional overdrive which makes cruising at modern highway speeds a much more relaxed proposition.

It has never been shown or judged since it has been among the Hogan Collection cars but has had, as noted, some competent remedial attention to its operation and features. A sound and presentable car for tours, events or casual shows, it is a credit to Edsel Ford’s sense of style and good taste that has as much class and distinction today as it did sixty-one years ago when some very fortunate and influential individual was able to acquire it in the days immediately following World War II.
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. H151420
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. H151420
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. H151420
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. H151420
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. H151420
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. H151420
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. H151420
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