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Exclusive, practical, distinctive and exquisitely designed, Edsel Ford’s Lincoln Continental set new standards in design, refinement and style which re-defined American automobile design. The long, low hood, covered rear-mounted spare wheel and teardrop fenders combined with an elegant roofline to create an instant impression that complemented its exclusivity. Interiors featured gold-finished trim and hardware. The original Continental Special Convertible built for Edsel Ford was based on the 1939 Zephyr with later cars based on 1940 chassis and bodies. The hood and front fenders were lengthened 8 inches, the body was sectioned 4 inches and the rear deck substantially modified to integrate smoothly with the exposed rear-mounted spare that is the Continental???s signature styling element. Each was handbuilt and by the end of the 1940 model year just 404 units, 350 cabriolets and 54 coupes, had been assembled, the rarest of all Continentals save the war-shortened 1942 models. This 1940 Lincoln Continental is an unusual and attractive survivor or that original production run 1940 model year. Finished in blue, it has deep red leather upholstery and interior trim and a black cloth folding top. Equipt with a 3-speed manual transmission, wide whitewall tires and a radio. It is a beautifull car that runs and drives very well. There were only 300 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolets and this is a rare opportunity to acquire one that is simply gorgous.
1940 was the first year of the Lincoln Continental. Edsel Ford studied the European luxury cars, returned to the states and directed the design and construction of a 1 off prototype of the Lincoln Continental in 1939. He took the prototype to his winter home in Florida where it created quite a sensation. Lincoln went into limited production of this car in 1940. There were less than 300 Lincoln Continental Convertibles produced in 1940. This car is one of them. Lincoln went to great length to put these cars into the hands of famous people including celebrities, sports figures, successful business people, etc. This car is a survivor. It runs quite well. The leather is in excellent shape and appears to be original. The tires have good tread. The paint has patina in some areas, has a good shine and looks great from 10 feet away. The car has free clear Texas title. The car appears in good overall condition but will need work on the lights and windshield wipers. Has a rebuilt distributor, rebuilt coil, new spark plugs, new fuel pump, gas tank has been drained and appears clean; has had a grease job, oil change and filter. The brakes were cleansed and filled with silicone brake fluid. You could use this car as it is or give it a full restoration depending on your tastes and interest.
Seller Notes:"Older paint” showing patina/cracks in places/polished thin in places. Looks good from 10 feet. Right rear tail light lens - cracked. Convertible top has small defects where it was pinched between bows. Head lights and tail lights need attention. Runs good , stops good and drives good.
Interior Color: Dark Red Leather
Number of Cylinders: 12
Transmission: Standard 3 speed
Trim: Stainless Steel and Chrome
Drive Type: Standard
Sub Model: Continental
Color: Dark Blue
Body Type: Convertible
Engine: V 12