This unmolested, correct, 1941 Lincoln Continental V-12 Club Coupe is worthy of a star! Rita Hayworth knew that the Continental's image supported her “star quality,” and she bought one similar to this. You can envision the star of “Gilda” in her brand new 1941 Lincoln Continental V-12, silently gliding up to the Columbia Studios gate, with her flowing locks of auburn hair setting off her dazzling eyes and smile, as she checks in for a day's work “on the lot.”
In 1938, the Continental began as an incredible styling exercise championed by Edsel Ford and appeared only in limited production numbers. Even in 1941, only 850 Club Coupes were built. The '41 Continental represented innovation, elegance, luxury, and status in its time, and it still does today. Its flathead V-12 provided smooth, quiet power; its craftsmanship and materials were revered; and its styling was renowned as one of the most beautiful pre-war coachwork designs. These rare beauties are understandably recognized as CCCA Full Classics. Historically, the original 1940 and 1941 Continentals have achieved superstar status. The New York Museum of Modern Art recognized this desirable marque as a significant modern design achievement.
You can own this masterpiece! Imagine driving your work of art out for a night on the town. It will enthusiastically be displayed in the best parking spot, enhancing the establishment's reputation, because a person of your cultivation, sophistication, and discernment has chosen to dine within.
You are bidding here on a 1941 Lincoln Continental V-12 Club Coupe owned for years by LZOC member George K. Stephenson of Fort Worth, Texas. It has been in storage for almost 40 years and is a solid, honest car that runs, drives, and stops. You will notice its dashboard is the beautiful mahogany woodgrain, radio delete, and you will luxuriate in its plush interior faithfully redone in beautiful, blue, wide wale corduroy by Mr. Stephenson, still in near-new condition. Start a conversation by demonstrating the iconic push-button door releases, inside and out! You will find the two rear ashtrays AND their lighters are present and emblematic of the high level of luxury. The correct Darian Blue Metallic paint will draw you to this elegant car — it appears to be original, perhaps with re-sprayed touch-ups in some spots. The chrome is beautiful in some places, with light pitting in others. Bumpers shine like new. There is no rust to speak of, aside from some bubbling under the paint at the base of the C Pillar on the passenger side, indicated in one of the photos. There is no evidence that the car has any alignment issues or has been in an accident. You will enjoy the pleasant ride, and you'll get many questions about this car's original patina and ownership history.
This beauty is complete, and you could easily make it into a reliable driver, or you could treat this excellent candidate to a show-quality, high-point restoration. The V-12 engine is not original to the car; it appears to be from a 1942, as it has '42 cylinder heads. Unfortunately, I can't make out the engine's lightly etched serial number. You should rebuild the engine, as it appears to have two cylinders with no compression (burned valves?) and a rumble (rod knock?). Replacing the motor and transmission mounts might take care of some of the rumbling. The body is #H127833, the VIN is DR88733MO, and the firewall tag is 16H57793. With some mechanical sorting-out and some TLC, you will have one of the most desirable Classic automobiles, and it will be great for touring!
Along with a few spare parts, you will receive lots of helpful literature, including an Authenticity Guide and service bulletins, when you purchase this car. You will find them indispensable. The car has a clear Texas title.
Please reach out if you have any questions. My reserve is set low for this rare, significant, Full Classic automobile, so best of luck on your bidding!
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