1946 Lincoln Continental V12 Convertible  Chassis no. 5EH56311

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Lot 143
1946 Lincoln Continental V12 Convertible
Chassis no. 5EH56311

Sold for € 63,250 (US$ 68,563) inc. premium
1946 Lincoln Continental V12 Convertible
Chassis no. 5EH56311

Footnotes

  • Cette majestueuse Lincoln Continental Cabriolet était auparavant la propriété de Charles Lemaitre de Hardwick, Massachussetts. Elle a été achetée et importée des Etats Unis au début des années 90 par un marchand Français.

    En Juin 1993, le propriétaire actuel a acheté la voiture et dès le mois de Septembre l'a confiée aux mains expertes de François Cointreau ('Restaur'Auto'). Ce dernier a entrepris une restauration totale de la voiture qui s'est achevée en Février 1995, et ce pour un coût total dépassant les 100.000 euros. Cette Lincoln Continental Cabriolet est en tous points conformes à l'origine, excepté l'installation d'un alternateur et d'un allumage électronique. Les pièces remplacées (dynamo et allumeur) seront fournies avec la voiture.

    Cette magnifique Lincoln est vendue avec un important dossier de restauration comprenant toutes les factures ainsi que les photos du travail réalisé, une Carte Grise de Collection et un Contrôle Technique valide.



    Artefacts marking the end of an era are of enduring interest to collectors, and for those of a motoring persuasion there can be few more significant than US automobiles, like the Lincoln Continental offered here, produced during the shortened 1942 model year. Nowadays synonymous with Lincoln, the 'Continental' model name had first been used in 1940 for Bob Gregorie's masterly styling exercise on the existing 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 authorities as diverse as the Museum of Modern Art and the Classic Car Club of America.

    Lincoln had relied exclusively on V12 engines since 1933, the Continental's being a 75-degree, 292ci (4,787cc) L-head sidevalve producing 120bhp. Few changes were made until the September '41 introduction of the '42 model, which featured a revised front grille and an enlarged (305ci, 5.0-litre) and more powerful engine, while a notable new option was 'Liquimatic' three-speed automatic transmission.

    When Lincoln's production lines resumed automobile manufacture towards the end of 1945 it was with mildly revised '42 models. There were only two Continentals available - a convertible and a coupé – the former being the most expensive offering in the entire Lincoln range. A three-speed manual gearbox (with optional overdrive) was standard equipment, the automatic having been temporarily discontinued. Only 201 Continental convertibles and 265 coupés were built for the 1946 model year and today these rare and exclusive models are among the most coveted of post-war American classics.

    Previously owned by Charles Lemaitre, of Hardwick, Massachusetts, this imposing Continental Convertible was imported from the USA in the early 1990s by a French dealer, from whom it was purchased in June 1993 by the current vendor. The latter commissioned the famous François Cointreau (Restaur'Auto) to carry out a full restoration of the Lincoln, which started in September 1993 and finished in February 1995, costing more than €100,000. This car is correct in every detail with the exception of the alternator electrics and electronic ignition, both very sensible upgrades. The original electrical/ignition components are available and all bills and photographs relating to the restoration come with the car, which possesses a valid Contrôle Technique and Carte Grise de Collection.
1946 Lincoln Continental V12 Convertible  Chassis no. 5EH56311
1946 Lincoln Continental V12 Convertible  Chassis no. 5EH56311
1946 Lincoln Continental V12 Convertible  Chassis no. 5EH56311
1946 Lincoln Continental V12 Convertible  Chassis no. 5EH56311
1946 Lincoln Continental V12 Convertible  Chassis no. 5EH56311
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