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One of 850 Coupes built.
The first Lincoln Continental was developed as Edsel Ford's one-off
personal vehicle. In 1938, he commissioned a custom design from the chief stylist, Bob Gregorie, ready for Edsel's
March 1939 vacation in Florida. The design, allegedly sketched out in an hour by Gregorie working from the Lincoln
Zephyr blueprints and making changes, was an elegant Convertible with a long hood covering the Lincoln V12 and long
front fenders, and a short trunk with what became the Continental series' trademark, the externally-mounted covered
tire. While on vacation Edsel got orders for 200.
The original Continental was one of the first cars recognized as
something more than a mere machine -- by New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Classic Car Club of America,
among others -- and one of the finest examples of the automobile as art.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who owned 2, called the first generation Lincoln Continental "the most beautiful car
Celebrities embraced the new car. Rita Hayworth, Jackie Cooper, Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, John Wayne, boxer Joe
Louis and Jack Benny - purchased sleek, new Lincoln Continentals.
Restoration just completed. Previous owner had car for 60
plus years and started restoration but stopped in the 60's due to health issues, it sat in his San Diego garage for
the past 50 years.
The V12 engine was just rebuilt with new Egge aluminum pistons and rings, new bearings, valve job with new
Stainless steel valves, new one piece guides. Machine work done by H & H flatheads. Reground crankshaft, camshaft,
and lifters. Distributor rebuilt, Coil rebuilt, and new plug wires. Water pumps rebuilt. Clutch and brakes already
replaced, transmission got 2 gears replaced. Rebuilt radiator, rebuilt fuel tank, rebuilt fuel pump, rebuilt
carburetor, rebuilt starter and generator. Fresh paint(original Rockingham Tan). New carpeting, seats redone, new
door panels, and new headliner. Trunk re-carpeted.
New Coker Whitewall Radials(steel belted bias style). New 6 volt
Optima battery. Car runs and drives fantastic.