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1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe - Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum
1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe - Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum


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1940 Lincoln Continental Convertible 1940 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Photographed at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance in Rochester, Michigan, August 7, 2005.
1942 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 1942 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
RM Auctions
Location: Amelia Island, Florida
Auction Results March, 2009 $61,600
1942 Lincoln Continental Coupe 1942 Lincoln Continental Coupe
Worldwide Group Auctions
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Auction Results June, 2009 $16,500
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Worldwide Group Auctions
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Auction Results June, 2009 $40,700
1946 Lincoln Continental Convertible 1946 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Photographed at the Orange Plaza Car Show in Orange, California, April 19, 2005.
1947 Lincoln Continental Coupe 1947 Lincoln Continental Coupe
Photographed at the Sunbelt Auto Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe 1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe
Worldwide Group Auctions
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Auction Results June, 2009 $16,500
1948 Lincoln Continental 1948 Lincoln Continental
Photographed at the Henderson Springsational Car Show in Henderson, Nevada, April 23, 2005.
1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Limousine - Elvis Presley 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Limousine - Elvis Presley
Photographed at Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee.
1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible - JFK's Personal Car 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible - JFK's Personal Car
Photographed at the Museum of Automobiles located in Petit Jean Mountain State Park near Morrilton, Arkansas.
1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible Sedan 1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible Sedan
Worldwide Group Auctions
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Auction Results June, 2009 $14,300
1964 Lincoln Continental 1964 Lincoln Continental
Photographed at the Swap Meet & Car Show in Springfield, Ohio, May 29, 2005.
1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible 1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Photographed at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
1967 Lincoln Continental Bubbletop Convertible 1967 Lincoln Continental Bubbletop Convertible
Photographed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Custom 1969 Lincoln Continental Limousine - Jackie Gleason Custom 1969 Lincoln Continental Limousine - Jackie Gleason
Photographed at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum in Sarasota, Florida.

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Lincoln Continental

In 1938, Edsel Ford expressed interest in a "special convertible coupe that was long, low and rakish", incorporating European design elements. Based on the Lincoln-Zephyr, Bob Gregorie quickly sketched the outline of the new car's two-door, four-seat body, distinctively featuring a lowered hood line, cowl and extended front fenders.

Edsel's enthusiastic approval was swift, and the car was completed just in time for his winter vacation in Florida. Insufficient room for a trunk-mounted spare tire gave rise to the car's signature feature, the "Continental" spare, and the car was the hit of the season when it was shown to Edsel's fellow snowbirds. So much so, that it entered series production as the 1940 model Lincoln-Zephyr Continental. While 1941 Continentals received only detail changes, the 1942 models were lengthened, lowered and widened.

In 1941, as America's involvement in the war deepened, precious resources were gradually shifted from automobile production to the growing requirements of national defense. Consequently, 1942 Lincoln models substituted zinc for the stainless steel used in the grille, and cast iron cylinder heads replaced their aluminum predecessors. Following the Pearl Harbor attack and America's full-scale entry into the war, civilian automobile production was discontinued in February 1942, and was not resumed until after V-J Day. Consequently, total 1942 Lincoln production was less than 6,600 units which included 136 Continental Cabriolets.

It is easy to see why the first-generation Continental was selected by the Museum of Modern Art as one of eight automotive works of art. Remarkably restored and carefully maintained, this example is a fitting tribute to the inspired design talents of Edsel Ford and Bob Gregorie.

Ford Motor Company reintoduced the Continental again in 1956, but this time as a seperate division and not actually a part of the Lincoln-Mercury line. The 1956 and 1957 Continental Mark II (there never was a Mark I) cars were some of the most beautiful and expensive automobiles of the mid-fifties. However, sales were slow and the brand was discontinued after only the two years of production.

In 1961, the Continental was redesigned and and became part of the Lincoln-Mercury Division. The new design was so successful that Lincoln made only minor styling changes in the next eight years.

For 1966, Continentals grew four inches longer. The front bumper was stretched around the car to the front wheel wells, and the turn signal light were returned to the bumper; previous models had them next to the headlights. The instrument panel on the 1966 model was also redone. The luxury cars were loaded with standard features including automatic transmission, powere steering, power seats, power windows, front disc brakes, windshield washers, and carpering. Options included air conditioning, AM/FM radio, tilt-steering wheel, tinted glass, power trunk release, and automatic headlight dimmers.

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