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Lot 364
1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Lido Coupe


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

• Rare Lido model, estimated to be one of fewer than 1,000 built
• Well-equipped with automatic transmission and radio
• Complete multi-year restoration, handsome period color scheme
• Winner of dozens of awards

337 cid L-head V-8 engine, 154 HP, single two-barrel carburetor, four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission with overdrive, front independent suspension with coil springs, live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 121”

Long recognized as the leader of America's most distinctive fine cars, Lincoln presented the Lido model in 1950 as an upscale version of the Cosmopolitan. Lincoln proclaimed in a sales brochure that “nothing could be finer”, referring to its superb exterior proportions that featured graceful lines and “modern” delights. Distinguished from the other models, Lidos featured a vinyl or canvas-covered roof, fender skirts, bright roof drip rails and rocker panel moldings, dual door mirrors, gold-colored hood emblem, and a custom leather trimmed interior with special door and side panels. Built only for 1950 and ’51, the Lincoln Lido was short-lived, making it a very rare find. For the 1951 production year, 4,482 standard club coupe bodies were built, but it is unknown how many became Lidos as records were not kept in order; it is estimated that fewer than 1,000 were built to these specifications.

A multi-year labor of love by its previous owner, it now sports an extensive restoration that brought it back to its original factory specs. Folowing completion, it was shown extensivley and won dozens of awards. This 1951 Lincoln Lido Coupe is finished in factory Brewster Metallic-Chrome green with an attractive white vinyl roof. The elongated hood and front end display a good amount of refinished chrome in the front bumper and windshield that is divided and outlined in chrome. The stance is also helped by a number of factors that include whitewall tires with full wheel covers in the center, fender skirts, and front and rear bumper over-riders. The interior of the Lido took on a more opulent look than other Lincoln models in 1951 with unique door panels and premium upholstery of leather and cord cloth. This example is finished in comfortable blue and white stride cord cloth and white leather in both the front and rear bench seats. This Lido is also equipped with a powerful 337 L-head V-8 engine that produces 154 horsepower. Backed by a four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission with overdrive, this 1951 Lincoln is a breeze to drive and will be a blast for Sunday drives and afternoon cruises.

This is most likely the finest Lido in the country and is ready to enjoy being driven or shown - just be prepared for looks of approval and more award winning outings.

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