Arguably the best looking personal luxury car of the 1940's, This Continental commands attention. With its flowing lines, low roof line, and overall stance, this beautiful design was an instant hit. As Lincoln's flag ship, you can rest assured owning a Continental will make a statement. Grab this Classic Lincoln while you can.....................................
Offered For Sale by the California Automobile Museum
A 1941 Lincoln Continental. Beautifuly sitting in its original condition, we're sure Edsel Ford wouldn't mind being seen in this fine exacmple of a CCCA recognized classic. The exterior has a brilliant shine and presents very well up close and by far. There are two very unfortunate blemishes on the front appearing to be "key" marks but aside from those, the paint is nearly perfect for its age. The exterior still retains all of its trim and lighting but some of the lenses are cracked. The engine is still the original V12, and runs well in its unrestored condition. The Lincoln can be a little stubborn when left sitting over any length of time. It at times requires a bit of priming or starter fluid to get it going. Once it is warmed, it will roll along comfortably and smoothly. The transmission shifts well and the clutch feels good. The steering, braking, and overall handling feel correct for this type and vintage vehicle. The undercarriage has been undercoated in the past and still looks fairly decent. There is some rust in the outer rocker panels as shown in the pictures. Due to our lack of ability to completey lift the vehicle, we cannot determine if the undercoating is concealing any other areas of rust. The floors inside and inside the trunk look and feel solid, not giving any indication of rust damage and there is no evidence of damage in the engine compartment either. The skirts were removed and the wheel wells were inspected as well. There is rust present right where the rockers intersect the wheel wells in the far bottom corners. The interior of this car is in very nice shape. It is in what apears to be all original condition, and there is minimal fading, wear, or signs of usage. Most of the installed options work correctly. The stereo will switch on but no music will play, and a few other buttons and switches that dont seem to have results when switched or pressed. The history of the car is fairly unknown prior to the 70s. The Continental was registered then and retains its blue and yellow California plates but its origin prior is unknown. The current owner has always garage stored this vehicle and has not done anything other than basic maintenance in his time of ownership.
Number of cylinders/type: V-12, L-head.
Displacement: 292 cu. in.
2.88 in. bore x 3.75 in. stroke.
Induction: Holly two-barrel carburetor.
Horsepower: 120 @ 3,500 RPM.
Compression ratio: 7.2:1.
Transmission type: Three speed manual.
Clutch: Single dry plate.
Wheelbase: 125 in.
Weight: 3.890 lbs.
Brake type: Four wheel hydraulic drums.
Original list price: $2,812
Production: 850 (coupes)
The original Lincoln Continental of 1940-48 is considered by most to be a genuine American Classic, and one of the most elegant automotive designs ever built.
Edsel Ford, son of founder Henry, had a true flair for style and after returning from a trip to Europe asked famed designer “Bob” Gregorie to design a car for his personal use that reflected “Continental” style. That style included minimal use of chrome, clean lines, and an external, rear-mounted spare tire.
When Edsel took the car to Florida for his winter vacation, reaction to the car was so positive that the decision was made to put the car into production.
Built on the Lincoln Zephyr chassis, the Continental was built in coupe and cabriolet versions. For 1940 the car was referred to as a Zephyr-Continental, but from 1941 on, it was just Continental.
The Lincoln Continental was the precursor to the so-called “personal luxury” cars that would become so popular in later years like the four-seat Thunderbird, Cadillac ElDorado, and later Continental Mark series.
The long hood, short rear deck, and low roof with wide “C” pillars gave a unique look. The silky smooth V-12 engine gave adequate power but really was a bit small for such a large and heavy car.
While later versions would add more chrome and a complex grille, the ’40 and ’41 with their Zephyr “waterfall” or “boat wave” grilles are clean and tasteful designs with little chrome needed to decorate the elegant lines of the car.
The Continental would come and go as a model line over the years, but always remained the Lincoln flagship.
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