1948 Lincoln Continental

4th Annual Salt Lake City Classic Car Auction | Mar 30, 2019

V-12 Manual

4th Annual Salt Lake City Classic Car Auction
2 door convertible

1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 

CCCA Full Classic
292 cid V-12 engine
3-speed manual transmission with overdrive
Stunning blue over blue livery 

Following the end of the Second World War, Lincoln was determined to maintain its prominence at the top of the luxury market, where it wanted to compete against Alfa Romeo, Bentley and Delahaye, rather than Cadillac and Packard. When the first examples were introduced in 1940, they created a sensation with their smooth lines and prominent features. These were incredibly special vehicles that were hand assembled and finished to an extraordinarily high standard that rendered them true automotive heirlooms. Always one of the most expensive vehicles in America, Lincoln’s flagship was the majestic Cabriolet, which was equipped with a velvet smooth 292 cid 12-cylinder engine that was unique among American manufacturers. With only 452 examples sold, this was a limited production automobile that was so admired that it was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in 1951. With recognition as a Full Classic from the Classic Car Club of America, this is an automobile with gravitas and grace, making it a true rarity among domestic offerings of the period. 

The Motorcar Offered

Housed as part of a prominent collection, this American icon was purchased from an owner that had carefully stored the car for more than 30 years. After a mild refresh of the fuel and electrical system, this beauty burbled to life as if she had never left the road. The interior presents beautifully, complemented by the advanced hydraulic windows and convertible top. Fitted from new with an electric overdrive, this powerful cruiser can delight the driver while cosseting the fortunate passengers in the lap of luxury. A rare example from the pinnacle of American motoring, this stunning example is sure to generate accolades and attention wherever it goes.