With a dream conceived by Edsel Ford and a prototype designed by Bob Gregorie, this Full Classic Lincoln reflected a thoroughly European “continental” style with the inclusion of an externally mounted spare tire. Since only 454 Continentals were produced in 1941, this automobile is considered one of the icons of its
era — still known for its timeless design, luxurious, innovative features and modern, classic lines.
Focusing on a well-proportioned yet spare design, the brightwork was largely restricted to the grille. Push-button door releases were a new feature for 1941, as were fully operational, electrically powered top and self-canceling turn signals.
This lovely Lincoln runs smoothly and has had a major tune-up less than 300 miles ago. It features a 292 cubic inch L-head V12 with a factory-installed Borg-Warner overdrive. The transmission is a 3-speed manual with front and rear transverse leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
The interior is a rare combination of tan Bedford whipcord and green leather. In fact, only
four 1941 Continentals were built with this distinctive look. The interior was replaced except for the back seat, door panels and both arm rests, all of which are original. These were left this way to show how nice they were originally. They are in such good condition it is difficult to tell the new front seat from the original back seat. The dash is original with all working gauges and instruments, including the radio.
The trunk carpet is new old stock to original specs. This is one of only 35 Cabriolets painted Spade Green that year, and the exterior is still very presentable with no dents or scratches. The chrome is all original and sparkles like new. And, to give you an even smoother ride, a new set of Coker radials have been installed.
This beauty spent its early years on Long Island and has had only two owners in the last 32 years. Jarvis Barton, a Lincoln aficionado and restorer, owned it for 25 years. He rebuilt the engine and added an electric fuel pump. This car has never been apart, is mostly original and presents as if were a fresh restoration.
It is currently enjoying life in Connecticut and loves Sunday Cars and Coffee outings. This car should easily take a top award at any Grand Classic and successfully complete a CCCA Caravan.