Pick of the Day: 1934 Lincoln KB town car

The Lincoln KB looks clean despite being restored a half-century ago
The Lincoln KB looks clean despite being restored a half-century ago

Hollywood actor Ned Sparks is not much remembered today, but he was a popular character actor from the 1920s through the 1950s, famed for his perpetually grumpy expression and wry one-liners.

His crotchety look was so tied to his acting career that he was reputed to have taken out an insurance policy for $10,000 with Lloyds of London during the 1930s in case anyone should get a photo of him smiling and publicize it. Continue reading

Unique 4-headlight 1956 Lincoln Mark II at Russo and Steele

The quad headlights look well-integrated with the Lincoln styling
The quad headlights look well-integrated with the Lincoln styling | Russo and Steele

No, your eyes do not deceive you. This 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II has a set of quad headlights up front. Certainly not a factory design, it was a custom treatment created decades ago by a well-known, eccentric and prolific collector of Lincolns.

This unique Mark II, which goes to auction during Russo and Steele’s fifth annual Newport Beach, California, was owned and customized by the late J.C Daniels, who collected hundreds of Lincolns after striking it rich as a Texas oilman. Before going into the oil business, he owned a Lincoln dealership, and apparently never lost his affection for Ford’s luxury cars. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZ has been redesigned for the 2017 model year | Larry Edsall photos
Lincoln MKZ has been redesigned for the 2017 model year | Larry Edsall photos

You’ve just spent $53,405 on a luxurious sedan. You proudly drive it home and park it in your driveway. Except in the case of a 2017 Lincoln MKZ like the one I’ve been driving this week, you back it into the driveway, and back it as closely as possible to your garage door. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1931 Lincoln Model K Custom Berline

The top-drawer Lincoln Model K has a custom body by the Judkins coachworks
The top-drawer Lincoln Model K has a custom body by the Judkins coachworks

When most of the country was singing “Brother, can you spare a dime” in the depths of the Depression, Lincoln was finding few customers for its grand luxury cars. Model year 1931 would be the pits for Lincoln sales, with only about 3,000 cars sold.

Fewer still were the coachbuilt cars, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1931 Lincoln Model L Custom Berline with a body by Judkins, one of the largest U.S. custom-body builders of the classic era. These were the majestic cars piloted by celebrities and captains of industry, or their chauffeurs, still riding high in the age of soup lines. Continue reading

Arizona Concours features classic Lincoln LeBaron Sports Coupe

The 1936 Lincoln Model K wears a custom body by the coachbuilder LeBaron | Arizona Concours
The 1936 Lincoln Model K wears a custom body by the coachbuilder LeBaron | Arizona Concours

Anyone lucky enough to turn the key to a new Lincoln Model K in the 1930s would have heard the rumble of a 414-cubic-inch V12 engine powering one of the most exclusive and expensive vehicles of the Depression era. It was a luxury car with such artful attention to detail, its entire body type was customizable, making every example rare and beautiful in its own unique way.

One such automobile is the 1936 Lincoln Model K LeBaron Sport Coupe that will be showcased at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, held on the manicured grounds of the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix on January 15, 2017. Resplendent in its gleaming Mercury Metallic paint and sculpted fenders, the LeBaron Sport Coupe will be shown courtesy of owners Ray and Bonnie Kinney of Dallas, Texas, as part of a special Concours class for 2017 – Lincolns of the Classic Era. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Continental MKII custom

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1957 Continental MKII

From mild to wild, custom cars are the ultimate expression of individuality that invite onlookers to escape mass-production normality to experience the car as a piece of automotive industrial art.

According to the listing on ClassicCars.com, the uniqueness of the Pick of the Day, a 1957 Continental MKII custom, earned the car a spot on the cover of Rod and Custom magazine. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Phil’s 1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III

Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos
Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos

My father had three of these cars as I was growing up.

I remember his first Mark III being a pale yellow with black interior and vinyl roof. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, which would have been 1970-71. Continue reading

A brief history of classic American presidential limousines

President Kennedy was riding in a 1961 Lincoln Continental when he was assasinated | Photos courtesy of LeMay - America's Car Museum
President Kennedy was riding in a 1961 Lincoln Continental when he was assasinated | Photos courtesy of LeMay – America’s Car Museum

(Editor’s note: This feature was written by Renée Crist, collections manager at LeMay – America’s Car Museum, for Classic Car News in recognition of the upcoming presidential election.)

When the subject of presidential limousines comes up, many Americans conjure images of John F. Kennedy waving from the stretched 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible in Dallas, Texas, prior to his assassination. JFK’s limo is arguably the most famous and talked about limousine in American history. Continue reading

Bonhams has diverse selection ready for Philadelphia auction

A 1930 Lincoln Model L 7-passenger touring is a star of the auction | Bonhams photos
A 1930 Lincoln Model L 7-passenger touring is a star of the auction | Bonhams photos

The Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia hosts Bonhams’ fifth annual Preserving the Automobile Auction on Monday with about 50 automobiles that represent a wide range of values and interests. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Continental Mark II

The Continental Mark II is a remarkable survivor driven just over 26,000 miles
The Continental Mark II is a remarkable survivor driven just over 26,000 miles

Although the Pick of the Day is described as a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, this elegant hardtop was marketed by Ford just as the Continental, a standalone division created to compete with the world’s greatest luxury cars.

The Continental Mark II was sold at Lincoln dealerships, but was nonetheless not a Lincoln for the 1956 and ’57 model years. Only later would Continental become a brand within the Lincoln division. Continue reading