1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942

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Lot 344
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Chassis no. 7H170942

Sold for US$ 44,460 inc. premium
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Chassis no. 7H170942
The original Lincoln Continental of 1940 brought a new elegance of design to the American automobile. The production car was based on a special 1939 cabriolet, designed for Edsel Ford by E. T. “Bob” Gregorie, then chief of design for Ford Motor Co. Edsel drove his low-slung custom convertible to Florida for his 1939 spring vacation—and returned to Michigan with orders for 200 duplicates in hand. Production of the Continental Cabriolet commenced in early 1940, with a Coupe style following later in the model year.

Perhaps the most envied, and certainly most widely emulated, attribute of the original Lincoln Continental was its rear-mounted, metal-shrouded spare tire—a “continental” touch, in the then contemporary European design sense.

The 1940-41 Continentals shared their pointed prow and curvaceous fender shapes with the streamlined contemporary Lincoln-Zephyr, on which they were based. The 1942 Continentals featured new, more squared fenders and a redesigned frontal appearance found on all Lincolns of that year. When production resumed following WWII, in 1946, the Continental and other Lincolns sparkled with new, bolder grillwork that gave the cars more presence on the road. The final first-generation Continentals were produced as 1948 models.

During 1951 the Museum of Modern Art selected a first-generation Continental for inclusion in an eight-car exhibit honoring automotive design excellence. Collectors recognized the 1940-48 Continentals as Classics early on—no first series Continental ever became just another 'used car.’ The cars’ popularity sparked accessory “continental kits,” which allowed virtually any car owner to attach an exposed spare to the rear of their vehicle.

The 1946-48 Lincolns were the only American cars produced after World War II to be powered by a V-12 engine. Rated at 120 horsepower, the 292-cid L-head twelve was essentially the same engine used in pre-WWII editions. A three-speed manual transmission was standard.

Although widely known and universally admired, the Continental Cabriolet was in reality an expensive, ultra-exclusive car of very limited production. Many were purchased new by Hollywood celebrities. List price for the 1947 Continental Cabriolet’s was $4,746—a new Ford V-8 Convertible started at $1,740 that same year!

The offered Continental is Cabriolet number 658 of the 831 built in 1947. It comes to auction from the estate of W. Allan Manford, a prominent Canadian collector. A complete restoration was carried out in the 1990s. The car has reportedly been driven less than 100 miles since the engine was totally rebuilt. The odometer reading at consignment was 00162.9 miles.

One of the world’s most admired cars, the first generation Lincoln
Continental is a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic® and will always delight those who admire artful automotive design. The offered 1947 Continental Cabriolet beautifully restored and turned out in a color combination that compliments its styling and decor particularly well, is an exceptionally attractive example.

The Lincoln Continental is presented with a clear Province of Ontario title that has been released by the estate executor.

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1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet  Chassis no. 7H170942
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