1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet The Lincoln Continental began life as a personal vehicle for Ford Motor Company President Edsel Ford. In 1938, Ford commissioned a one-off design he wanted ready for his March 1939 vacation from company Chief Stylist Eugene T. Bob Gregorie. Using the blueprints of the streamlined Lincoln-Zephyr as a starting point, Gregorie sketched a design for a convertible with a redesigned body; allegedly, the initial sketch for the design was completed in an hour. At the time work had begun on the first Continental coupe, Lincoln had previously cancelled the Lincoln K-series coupes, sedans, and limousines, and produced the very limited Lincoln Custom limousine, along with the smaller Lincoln-Zephyr coupes and sedans, while the all-new Mercury Eight was also introduced in 1939. Ford wanted to revive the popularity of the 1929–1932 Lincoln Victoria coupe and convertible but with a more modern approach, reflecting European styling influences for the Continental. By design, the Edsel Ford prototype was essentially a channeled and sectioned Lincoln-Zephyr convertible; although the vehicle wore a conventional windshield profile, the prototype sat nearly 7 inches lower than a standard Lincoln. For consignment, a car from an era where status was measured by the inch, and net worth was shown off by the amount of chrome that could be attached to a car. This car has both the length and the chrome, so its original owner was probably an important person, and had the scratch to back it up. Owned by the same person from 1949 until our consignor\'s purchase in 2010, many of the service invoices are included from over the years and the owner prior to our consignor was not afraid to drive this beauty. With a now V8 under the hood replacing the V12, not only are things easier to work on but by far more reliable. Having its historical paperwork from the Henry Ford Museum and a copy of its original build card, this 1 of approximately 400 cabriolets built is sure to get your heart racing and make you desire to join the elite. Exterior An older respray of Lincoln Spode Green covers the straight steel panels, pontoon fenders, and bathes the car everywhere other than the abundant chrome. Areas of cracking and crazing of the paint are seen, as well as some bubbling, scuffs, inclusions and chipping of said paint mostly near the gaps. Worth the price of admission, the massive twin kidney bean waterfall grille cascades down to the wrap-around bumper with its full bar sides and thin bar center all protected by red highlighted bumper guards. The shiny chrome of the bumper creates the illusion of a second pair of grilles down low in the roll pan but it is just that, a reflected illusion creation. Flanking on either side are the single round headlights embedded in the front of the pontoon fenders and ovoid chrome signal markers are above. A massive beaked hood with an art deco chromed sculptural hood ornament and V12 badging announces the arrival of this car, although with the aforementioned grille I cannot imagine you would have missed it! Ultra wide dual doors allow unlimited access to the luxurious passenger compartment and gaps on these doors are well minded. Bringing up the rear are more body hugging pontoon style rear fenders complete with fender skirts and up top is a long tan canvas convertible roof that presents with a small tear, light staining and a crack in the glass rear window. On the back, another wrap-around guarded bumper, art deco style taillights, a large humpback trunk and the iconic Continental style rear enclosed spare tire. Wide whites hold up the weight of this car nicely and allow for a low and slow cruise. WOW! Interior Edsel Ford knew what he was doing when it came to excess, after all he grew up with it all around him, although his father was very conservative. This excess comes to fruition on the interior of this massive automobile with marbled green pattern leather on the dual
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