For Sale: 1948 Lincoln Continental in Los Angeles, California

Vehicle Description

This 1948 Lincoln Continental coupe is one of 847 coupes produced for the model year and is said to have been sold new by Star Auto Sales of Cedar Grove, West Virginia. It underwent a refurbishment in the 1990s and was acquired by the current owner in 2020. The car is finished in green over matching two-tone cloth and vinyl upholstery, and power comes from a 292ci V12 paired with a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Features include driving lamps, rear fender skirts, a rear-mounted spare tire carrier, hydraulically operated power windows, an AM radio, and a heater. Service performed under previous ownership in 2020 reportedly included overhauls of the fuel, brake, and cooling systems. This Continental is now offered on consignment with a California title.

The 1946-1948 Continental was restyled by Raymond Loewy and features chrome bumpers with rear overriders, driving lamps, push-button door handles, rear fender skirts, and a third brake light mounted aft of the spare tire. This example is said to have been repainted in its factory Opal Blue Green by Drennen Restorations of Hines, West Virginia, during the 1990s refurbishment. The chrome brightwork was also re-plated at that time according to the selling dealer. Equipment includes dual side-view mirrors, a cowl vent, dual Sparton horns, rear vent windows, and a turned-down chrome exhaust tip.

The body-color steel wheels wear chrome hubcaps and beauty rings and are mounted with older 7.00–15 whitewall bias-ply tires. A painted spare wheel is mounted out back, and the included body-color cover can be seen in the gallery. The Continental rode on a 125″ wheelbase, and its suspension uses transverse leaf springs front and rear. A replacement drag link was reportedly installed in 2020, while an overhaul of the hydraulically assisted brake system also performed at the time included the installation of new rear wheel cylinders and hoses, a rebuild of the master cylinder, and a turning of the drums.

The cabin features front and rear benches that were retrimmed in two-tone green and patterned vinyl upholstery under prior ownership. Green carpets were also installed at that time, and equipment includes hydraulically operated power windows, a heater, cowl ventilation, and an AM radio. A recoring of the driver-side heater unit is said to have been performed in 2020. Stains on the carpet ahead of the driver’s seat are noted.

The burgundy two-spoke steering wheel features a chrome horn ring and frames a 110-mph speedometer and gauges for water temperature, oil pressure, amperage, and fuel level. The five-digit odometer shows 65k miles, approximately 100 of which were added under current ownership. Total mileage is unknown.

The 292ci flathead V12 was the last offered by an American manufacturer, and was factory rated at 125 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. The engine is said to have been overhauled during the 1990s refurbishment, and service performed in 2020 reportedly included a rebuild of the carburetor and water pumps as well as the installation of a new thermostat, radiator hoses, spark plugs, and a battery.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission with overdrive. A replacement overdrive solenoid was reportedly fitted in 2020, and a fuel system service included an etching and re-sealing of the fuel tank, a rebuild of the mechanical fuel pump, and the installation of a new sending unit and hoses.

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Vehicle Details

  • 1948 Lincoln Continental
  • Listing ID: CC-1612787
  • Price: $32,000 (OBO)
  • Location:Los Angeles, California
  • Year:1948
  • Make:Lincoln
  • Model:Continental
  • Exterior Color:Opel Blue Green
  • Interior Color:Two Tone Green
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Engine Size:V-12
  • Odometer:65000
  • VIN:8H1800992
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Engine History:Rebuilt
  • Engine Condition:Running
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