Bonhams | 2018-10-08 | Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | Venue : Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Lot No. : 102
Year : 1940
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #H96693
Estimate : US$ 6,000 - 8,000
US$ 6,720
Lincoln Continental Convertible Sold


292ci Flathead V-12 Engine
2 Downdraft Carburetors
120bhp at 3,900rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Originally owned by R. Jacques DuPont
*One of 350 Produced in 1940
*Iconic Design by ET Bob Gregorie
*Fitted with period speed equipment
Nowadays synonymous with Lincoln, the 'Continental' model name had first been used in 1940 for Bob Gregorie's masterly styling exercise on the existing V-12 Zephyr chassis. A sportier, top-of-the-range companion to the Zephyr, the Continental had started out as a personal, custom-bodied one-off commissioned by Lincoln boss Edsel Ford, and would be hailed as a classic of automotive design by authorities as diverse as the Museum of Modern Art and the Classic Car Club of America.
The Lincoln Continental on offer has had the privilege of being under ownership within the DuPont family for over 60 years. According to a sales receipt dated January 7th, 1949, the vehicle was sold used for $1250 to R. Jacques DuPont at the West Chester Mercury-Lincoln dealer in Chester County Pennsylvania. Jacques was the son of the renowned E. Paul DuPont, a man most famous for founding Du Pont motors and saving Indian from financial ruin. The Lincoln would remain in regular use for 10 years under Jacques' care and it even served as his wedding vehicle upon marriage to Nancy Springer. Sometime around 1960, the vehicle was place in storage and remained stationary for the next 50 years. After this time, the consigner purchased the vehicle from the DuPont family and has owned the Continental since.
As a bike racer and connoisseur of speed, Jacques fitted the vehicle with some interesting performance equipment. Under the hood sits an aftermarket Edelbrock manifold with dual carburetors, and the original cylinder heads have been replaced with steel units.
Due to the extended period of storage, the vehicle remains in original, unrestored condition. Just 350 of these cars were produced in 1940, making them a rare sight to see on the road today. Upon completion of a much needed refurbishment, this Lincoln will surely make a fine addition to any collection, especially considering its unique provenance.

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