There was an absolute top-of-the-line domestic car for the discerning few in 1946, and this Lincoln Continental is it. With this distinction also comes extreme rarity - only 201 convertibles were built this year. And this example has been kept in the right running condition to be an easy cruiser that's easy to enjoy.
Edsel Ford rebelled against his father's mass-market sensibilities by building a car for people in his substantial wealth class. He emphasized design, which means these first-generation cars show their boldness with sleek lines rather than adding chrome along the profile. This was the car he could have proudly driven in Europe with its dual grilles, push-button door handles, and an exposed rear tire caddy that was so artfully presented that it would become the Continental's namesake on other vehicles. The creamy yellow paint, tan folding top, and large whitewall tires all add to this package of rolling sophistication. You find areas that can be improved, and the value price for one of these rarities does leave room in your budget for updates. But overall, there is an attraction here with a clean and complete car that still lives up to its role of providing upper-class style.
Open the door and there's a supple burgundy interior that provides the kind of luxurious room in both the front and the rear that you would expect from such an elite car. When you slip inside, a very original Lincoln wheel with an artful dual-spoke design greets you. More thoughtful design elements are seen on the dash with a full readout package in a bright and symmetrical layout. Just like the exterior, this one looks exceptionally vintage, in an overall package that won't make you nervous when all your family and friends pile into the spacious drop-top and go for a ride. And as a true high society cruiser, you have rare features for the time, like power windows and a power convertible top.
One of the best perks of owning a well-presented first-generation Continental is getting to lift the hood and seeing the Lincoln-Zephyr V12 in all its period-correct glory. We love how these are so long that they look like a Ford flathead on steroids. Plus, all the bolts, dual barrel carburetor, generator, oil bath air cleaner, and much more all give this the kind of presentation where people will stop to point out the details. But as they get closer, you can also see a solid investment in the fundamentals, including a newer belt and wiring. It makes for a strong-running true classic. There is unmistakable power and poise from the dozen cylinders propelling this luxury machine forward. And you control its full force thanks to the three-speed manual transmission.
The sale comes complete with service manuals. With so few convertibles built in 1946, it will be hard to find one of the few remaining that's both this complete and ready to be enjoyed. Don't miss this opportunity, call today!!!