Lincoln Cosmopolitan Sport Sedan
The 1949 Lincoln models were all-new automobiles from the ground up, sharing their basic body shells and sleek envelope styling with Mercury. However, with their longer wheelbase, handsome grille, and powerful “flathead” V8 engine, the new Lincoln models were easily distinguished from their corporate cousins.
The Cosmopolitan featured attractively frenched, or recessed, headlights and taillights, and restrained use of chrome trim, inspired by California’s leading customizers of the era. The Cosmopolitan also featured a one-piece windshield, a shallow greenhouse, and sweeping lines accentuated by heavy chrome-plated moldings above the front fender arches. The dash was remodeled for 1950, with the speedometer now placed directly in front of the driver. This was an important change, as the Cosmopolitan could easily achieve top speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Appealing, distinctive, and mostly original, this Cosmopolitan is a wonderful example of Lincoln’s growing stature during the 1950s, and will be a lovely addition to any collection of fine post-war American automobiles.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
152bhp, 337 cu. in. V8 engine, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125".
Source: RM Autcions