• V-12 Flat head
• Originated the “Continental Kit”
• Designed by and for Edsel Ford as his personal car.
• In Florida, it was such a success that it was put into limited production.
• The model name is used today.
The Dayton Auto & Memorabilia Museum is pleased to present this immaculate 1941 Lincoln Continental. This first generation model comes from a very limited production and is a stunning example that epitomizes Lincoln’s attention to hand-crafted quality and detail.
The model was first developed by Edsel Ford for personal use. However, the design’s popularity convinced Ford to put the Continental into a very limited production run. Ultimately, only 618 of these vehicles were built. Ford ceased ALL production after the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor in order to support the war effort, and production of the Lincoln Continental would not resume until 1946.
This hand built vehicle remains virtually as it was in 1941. It has been gently restored, but maintains the majority of its originality. The original 292 cubic inch V-12 engine and 3-speed transmission WITH BORG-WARNER OVERDRIVE still powers her as smoothly as when she was new. The engine compartment is immaculate and preserved in original condition. The paint sparkles like new and the chrome is show quality. Every exterior and interior detail is painstakingly accurate and looks factory fresh.
The interior of this vehicle is original. The seats, headliner, and carpets are in perfect condition. The exotic wood finish dash, 14K gold-plated dash accents, and all plastic knobs and buttons are in very good condition and original. All instruments are working perfectly. The underside of this vehicle is virtually rust-free and in very good condition. It remains a true icon of American History and a testament to the progressive thinking and craftsmanship of the American automobile.
A black 1941 Lincoln Continental was featured in the Francis Ford Coppola film, The Godfather (1972). It was Coppola’s choice when casting the perfect vehicle for the gangster, Sonny Corleon, and the famous tollbooth scene in which he is gunned down. This vehicle is very similar to that car (minus the bullet holes). Francis Ford Coppola could have chosen any vehicle to complete the gangster character he was filming. He chose a very limited production black 1941 Lincoln Continental – just like this one. A vehicle of less quality recently sold for $69,000.00 (+ fees) at Bonham Scottsdale Auction.
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