1946 Lincoln Continental V-12 Coupe  Chassis no. H142057

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Lot 30
1946 Lincoln Continental V-12 Coupe
Chassis no. H142057

US$ 40,000 - 45,000
£ 31,000 - 35,000
1946 Lincoln Continental V-12 Coupe
Chassis no. H142057
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.

Lincoln’s showpiece in 1940 was the brilliantly-styled Lincoln Continental which has become a legend among American luxury marques. The first Continental was rushed to completion, and in order for it to be ready in time was the elimination of almost all exterior brightwork. Thus, 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.

This car, finished in black with a tan leather interior and beige/red carpets is the epitome of the marque’s elegance. One of just 265 coupes built in 1946, this stunning Continental was the recipient of a frame-up, nut-and-bolt restoration a few years ago. It has remained unused since in a climate-controlled environment. A recent service to the wheel cylinders, brakes and carburetor has the car running like a top. This car is ready for national concours competition.
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