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Lot 42
1946 Lincoln Continental Convertible
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

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CHASSIS NO: SH181046

• Powerful V-12 engine ideal for cruising
• 1 of only 201 convertibles made in 1946
• Older restoration; wonderfully preserved


305 cid L-head V-12 engine, 130 HP, Chandler-Grove two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with live rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 125"


Although discontinued just last year, the name “Continental” has been synonymous with Lincoln for almost the last century. Originally introduced following the construction of a personal vehicle for Edsel Ford, the Lincoln Continental first entered production in 1939. As with many other models, the Lincoln Continental entered a production hiatus during the Second World War with no models being made between 1942 and 1946. When the Continental reemerged in 1946 it had been refreshed with updated trim and a prominent new grille. The excitement about the 1946 re-launch of the car resulted in the car being used as the Pace Car for that year’s Indianapolis 500.

Only 201 Continental Convertibles were constructed in 1946 as production began to pick back up following the war. Despite low production numbers, the Lincoln Continental proved to be highly successful, and the low numbers have resulted in a very rare and desirable post-war classic. The Lincoln Continental was one of the most elite of all cars under Ford production. While a convertible Ford could be purchased in 1946 for $1,500, the Lincoln Continental Convertible was priced three times higher at about $4,500. The 1946 Continental came back stronger than its 1942 sibling, equipped with a 305-cubic-inch L-head V-12 engine that cranked out 130 horsepower.

This specific example is finished in a lovely black with a tight gray convertible top and a vibrant red interior. The car is the beneficiary of a comprehensive restoration many years ago and was recently rediscovered and presented with a little dusting and detailing. The interior is still largely crease-free, and the car remains in very enjoyable condition. This is your opportunity to experience the smooth purr of a post-war American V-12 inside an extremely rare Lincoln Continental Convertible.

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