The Lincoln Continental was introduced in 1940, just prior to
the onset of World War II. The Lincoln Marquee had weathered The
Great Depression and the Continental signaled to the world a desire
to compete in the luxury car segment. The Continental was designed
in 1939 especially for Edsel Ford to show off to his high society
friends in Palm Beach. The design was modern, elegant, and slightly
European with a long front bonnet that gracefully concealed a
potent V12 engine. The interior was lavishly appointed and
amenities were offered as standard equipment. The exterior was
simple, with little trim or chrome, to rely on the beauty of the
design instead of trying to attract attention with bright
eye-catching pieces. The rear fenders were covered with skirts over
the wheels. This was stretched to match the rear trunk. Located in
the rear of the vehicle was a covered spare tire. This was an
afterthought; as production came to a close, the designers noticed
there was little room for a spare, so they covered it and
incorporated it into the vehicle's trunk. This would become a
signature design for the Continental series. The 1939–1948
Continental is recognized as a "Full Classic" by the Classic Car
Club of America, one of the last-built cars to be so
This wonderful example, of a true hand built American classic, is one of the last domestic production vehicles built with a V-12 engine in 1948. The amazing V-12 runs very smooth and is drivable. It was assembled January 9th 1948 and I have many historical documents to go with it. This was the last year of production for the Mark I. It was originally fully restored in 1978 and is complete except for the original air cleaner. It has always been properly stored in a garage and covered. The exterior is in Good condition and has been well maintained, for last being restored in 1978. It was painted with 14 coats of lacquer. There are no major dents or damage, except for a few scratches and some minor pitting in the chrome. All of the electrical system, like lights, horn, wipers ect. are functioning and original. The only thing know that doesn't work is the radio. It has power and the Wonder Bar works but no sound.
The interior is in Very Good condition and has been well taken care of. The seats are black leather with grey cloth and the carpet is black. All interior control knobs, things like window cranks, radio controls ect. are original and work.
From Ford’s brief effort to market a top-drawer, European-style luxury car, the Pick of the Day is a low-mileage survivor
‘She has her age spots but is still a classic beauty,’ the seller notes.
No, your eyes do not deceive you.
From mild to wild, custom cars are the ultimate expression of individuality that invite onlookers to escape mass-production normality
My father had three of these cars as I was growing up.
When the subject of presidential limousines comes up, many Americans conjure images of John F. Kennedy waving from the stretched 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible in Dallas
Although the Pick of the Day is described as a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, this elegant hardtop was marketed by Ford just as the Continental.
In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.
Edsel Ford was well-known for creating specially built Ford cars for his personal use.