Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible

The 1949 Lincolns were all new from the ground up. Gone were the pontoon fenders, replaced by a flowing envelope styling that drifted slowly down to the back bumper. The Lincoln shared its body dies with its Mercury sibling, yet it was easily distinguished by its handsome grille and more powerful V-8 engine. Lincolns proved popular with racers—Johnny Mantz finished 9th in the first Mexican Road Race in 1950—as well as with the White House, which ordered 19 for presidential, government, and VIP use.

In 1951, the last year for this Lincoln model, the grille was modified with a center horizontal section and five vertical louvers for a slightly more sophisticated look, yet the instantly recognizable sunken headlamps remained. The dash was remodeled in 1950, which saw the placing of the speedometer directly in front of the driver. This was an important change, as the sport sedan could easily surpass the superlative 100 mph mark. At the same time, the Lincoln achieved 25 mpg on the Mobil Economy Run on March 8, 1951.

Part of the RM Auctions event for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.

154 hp, 337 cu. in. V-8 engine, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front with rear leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel

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