Lincoln Aviator Concept
Lincoln’s first car-based “crossover” sport utility vehicle, the Aviator concept had its public debut at Detroit’s 2004 North American International Auto Show. One of the most noticeable characteristics was a new grille, soon to be seen on other Lincoln models. The polished egg-crate grille, reminiscent of Continental models of the past, features a rhythmic pattern of solid horizontal and vertical chrome trim. The grille surround encompasses the headlamps, also a cue from the 1961 Lincoln Continental. The face incorporates a nearly 2-inch by 4-inch Lincoln star and a bright horizontal blade by the lower air intake.
Its 21-inch spoked wheels, made from a combination of cast and polished aluminum, feature wheel caps with the Lincoln star at the center. Additional polished brightwork can be found running the length of the side windows, on the door handles, head- and tail-lamps and vehicle badging.
The rich exterior color combined with the vehicle’s bright detailing create a feeling of urban sophistication. When approaching the vehicle, the exterior appears to be black in color, but up close, its tone changes to a deep Pacific Blue.
This Aviator concept shows off a uniquely wide C-pillar, giving the vehicle’s visual stance a sense of balance. It also features a recessed Lincoln star with intricate detailing.
The glass lift-gate features a nearly 3-inch by 6-inch floating Lincoln star, integrating horizontal taillamps that stretch the full breadth of the rear and emphasizing the vehicle’s width – another echo of past Lincoln proportions. The tailgate hinges flat, offering an unobstructed entry to an unexpected amount of interior cabin space.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
302 bhp, 4.6 liter DOHC V8 engine, six-speed automatic overdrive transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, multi-link independent rear suspension and four-wheel hydraulic power anti-lock disc brakes. Wheelbase: 113.7".
Source: Lincoln press and RM Auctions