Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

The Continental was a bold design statement that clearly demonstrated to archrival Cadillac just how seriously Lincoln was competing for what was left of the American luxury-car market. Equipped with a smooth and powerful V-12 engine, destined to be the last such unit offered in an American car, the Continental reflected Edsel Ford’s penchant for European-inspired lines, simplicity and restrained brightwork.

As updated 1942 models, the post-war Continental design of 1946 to 1948 continued with slightly revised grille and headlamp treatments. Nonetheless, its design was considered so exceptional in fact that the Museum of Modern Art selected it as one of eight automotive “works of art” in 1951. With consistently limited production numbers and their many attributes, Continentals of the immediate post-war era are the latest cars recognized as Full Classics by the CCCA and continue to be highly sought-after by today’s collectors and enthusiasts.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

130 bhp, 305 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, transverse front and rear leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

Source: RM Auctions

Gallery: Lincoln Continental Cabriolet