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1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental Cabriolet
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120 hp, 292 cu. in. L-head twelve-cylinder engine, downdraft Stromberg carburetor,\ncolumn-mounted three-speed synchromesh transmission, solid front axle, live rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"\n\nIn 1938, Edsel expressed an interest in a distinctive “special convertible coupe that was long, low and rakish.” It was not intended as a production model but the public response was so great when Edsel toured the car in Florida that year that he convinced his father to “try building a few”. Famed automotive designer Bob Gregorie hit upon the idea of using the new Zephyr chassis for Edsel’s “special convertible”, and in less than an hour reportedly sketched the outline of the two-door, four-seat body over an outline drawing of a Zephyr sedan. The hood line and cowl were lowered and pushed back with the front fenders extended to match. The rear fenders, with skirts over the tires, also were extended to match the short squared trunk and its famous rear mounted tire. The windshield and top were “chopped” a few inches to give it a “rakish”, low look. There was almost no bright trim, a concession to Edsel’s preference for European design and simplicity. The rear-mounted covered tire, became the iconic look of the next two decades. The “Continental Kit”, as it was called, was added to many cars by dealers, customizers, and enthusiasts – a lasting tribute to this truly classic automobile.\n\nIn 1940 it was called the Lincoln Zephyr Continental (it would become simply the Lincoln Continental in 1941). Rushed into production as a 1940 model, just 404 were built that year, 350 cabriolets and 54 coupes, each to all intents and purposes hand built. Avidly sought after by high society, businessmen, celebrities and sports figures, the Continental re-established the exclusive, luxury image of the Lincoln marque and is rightly regarded as one of the landmark automobile designs of the century. In many ways, these 1940 Continentals are the purest of them all. Rare and handbuilt, many enthusiasts consider them the most attractive and they certainly embody Edsel Ford’s vision in its purest form.\n\nThe 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet presented here was purchased by the previous owner in 1990 from a Lincoln Continental Owners Club member. Until his purchase, this Continental had been in California from new and, as such, did not suffer the damage frequently incurred by wet climates. After spending some time in a Japanese museum, the car was acquired by another serious California collector and thoroughly freshened mechanically to ensure that everything is in proper running order. A very original car, it has been repainted and received cosmetic work as required. This strikingly beautiful full-classic (as recognized by the CCCA) has been proudly driven, and is ready for any touring event its new owner might wish to participate in. It drives smoothly and quietly, making this first “Continental” an absolute pleasure to drive.\n\nChassis no. H100569
US
MD, US
US

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Chassis no. H100569


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