I was introduced to Continentals in the sixties when my Dad bought his brother’s 1940 Continental cabriolet. That car set into motion a lasting love for old Lincolns, and I was devastated when Mom decreed the car must go when we moved from AZ to OH.
In 1974, I found “my” Lincoln. It was a one owner, estate sale convertible with 27k miles and all original.
It had been purchased new by the family that owned the local Columbus newspaper, radio and television business. Still had the original top, paint and leather.
And to this day, you can still make the same claim.
We owned the car for 40 years, only recently selling it to my cousin, who coincidently also has Dad’s 40. Unfortunately, cancer is leaving me less and less time to play with the old fleet.
The car currently has a bit over 50k miles, and looking back, it has been amazing how little work I’ve had to do on the car. The quality of the car was impressive. All the controls had a nice heft and a well oiled and well machined feel. Very much brought to mind the feel I get with my older Mercedes.
In over 40 years, the top has worked for me with minimal fiddling, and I did have to suss out the rear door window drop, needed new knife switches. But for the complexity, it was quite reliable. Also, the r12 A/C system still blows cold, and it’s 100 percent original.
Tough call to pass the car on, but I know it’s in good hands, and I can still visit it whenever I want.
It came down to selling the Lincoln or the 55 Ford Sunliner, tough choice. The white over red w/ black top Sunliner was bought new by my Uncle, and it was our wedding car in 79. It’s also pretty original and has 50k miles on it currently. I suspect it will eventually share space with the two family Lincolns…