The Lincoln Zephyr received a futuristic styling update in 1938 with minor changes in 1939 that included improved a restyled hood, new hood ornament, front fenders, chrome side trim and newly designed headlamp lenses. Additionally, the front bumper was cut away in the center and skirts were added to the rear wheel wells for a more elegant look. Continue reading
Edsel Ford was well-known for creating specially built Ford cars for his personal use. During the late 1930s, he wanted a special one-off convertible to use in Florida during the winter, and he asked Bob Gregorie at Ford to design one for him. Gregorie’s custom design was based on the Lincoln Zephyr, but lowered and extended 12 inches. He also removed the running boards.
The car was powered by the fabulous Lincoln V12 flathead engine, partially due to its exclusivity but also because of the car’s tremendous weight. Continue reading
I was kind of intrigued by Hagerty’s graph that appeared here Monday showing the fastest-growing cars by number offered at auction during the past year. Oh, most were the expected Porsches 911s and late-model Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers. But how about number five on the hit parade: 1971-79 Lincoln Continentals. That was kind of unexpected.
Then I stumbled on the Pick of the Day, a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III listed on ClassicCars.com, and I got turned on. This granddaddy cruiser looks pretty sharp with its hideaway headlights and a hood that’s as long as a flight deck. Continue reading
The most-famous creations by the late George Barris were wildly extravagant – the original Batmobile, the Munster Koach, Farrah Faucett’s mink-lined Corvette – so the Pick of the Day might seem fairly restrained.
The 1951 Lincoln Lido is a two-tone green custom coupe that was built by Barris and his leading painter, the late Roy “Tubs” Johnson, who owned the car for many years after it was finished, according to the St. Louis, Missouri, classic car dealer advertising the car. Continue reading
A lot of enthusiasts collect cars that have helped shape their personal history, whether a significant moment in life, something they admired as a child, or the car a mom, dad, or grandparent drove. Cars have always had an impact on society and history, but it’s not every day a collector will find a car that played host to a U.S. president and thus had a role in the nation’s history.
The Branson Collector Car Auction is one of the longest-running vintage car sales in the U.S., with its 37th annual fall auction taking place October 16-17 at the Branson (Missouri) Convention Center. The Hollister, Missouri, auction company owned by Jim and Kathy Cox holds two sales in beautiful downtown Branson, with the other one taking place in the spring. Continue reading
A big, elegant 1934 Lincoln K Town Sedan powered by a V12 engine, and in decent condition, sounds like one of those pricey classics that you’d see going well into six figures at a collector-car auction in Monterey.
But no. This bragging-rights Lincoln is being offered by a Lansdale, Pennsylvania, dealer in a ClassicCars.com ad for a relatively low asking price of less than $40,000. The Lincoln was fully restored in 2000 and “still looks great and impresses everyone,” the seller notes in the ad description. Continue reading
Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Vicari Auction Company has teamed with Mardi Gras World to host its fifth annual New Orleans collector car auction July 11 during Collector Car Appreciation weekend. The auction is expected to feature up to 200 cars as well as Disney art and items from Pete Vicari’s personal memorabilia collection. Continue reading
It’s tough being the middle child, especially when your older and younger siblings have made major successes of themselves. So it goes for the 1958-1960 Lincoln Continental, whose baroque styling makes it much less memorable than the classic and coveted 1956-57 Continental Mark II or the Mad Men cool squared-rigged Continental that arrived in 1961.
But there are those among us, myself included, who find a certain funky appeal in the over-the-top design of these Lincolns, which were known as the Continental Mark III, Mark IV and Mark V, designating each of their three years of production. (Even Ford seemed to ignore the existence of these cars, coming back in the late 1970s with a new lineup of Continentals repeating the names Mark III, IV and V.) Continue reading
I was 11 when I first saw a new yellow Lincoln convertible in the school’s parking lot in San Mateo. It belonged to one of the teachers at my elementary school. The top was down, showing its white interior. It truly was love at first sight. I swore that someday I would have one.
My campaign at home to buy one didn’t go over too well. My father had a solid white-collar job. My mother didn’t work. But because there were two children and a dog, we belonged to the obligatory station wagon set. I even presented the “used” car idea. Continue reading