Hot Rod Lincoln: 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet – $44,500

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

Before the Chevrolet small block became the darling of many Hot Rodders, Cadillac’s overhead valve V8 introduced in 1949 was the go-to engine to swap in for more power.  Apparently, that’s exactly what happened with this interesting 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet listed this earlier this week here on Craigslist in Glastonbury, Connecticut where the current caretaker is asking $44,500.  Using the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool ‘s value as a proxy for a stock version, the current caretaker has his hot rod Lincoln priced in the upper range of the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $28,400, $40,700, and $58,100, respectively.  If you are serious about becoming the next caretaker of this Lincoln, you can start the conversation by texting the seller at (860) 803-1000 and please remember to mention you first saw his car featured here on

The custom channeled and sectioned version derived from a Lincoln Zephyr design would introduce two long-running features used in many American automobile designs. The longer modified body gave the design new proportions over its Zephyr counterpart; with the hoodline sitting lower over the V12 engine and the passenger compartment moved rearward, the prototype had more in common with classic era “long-hood, short deck” body configurations versus being a strict adherent of contemporary streamline moderne design trends. As a consequence of the smaller trunk space, the spare tire was mounted behind the trunk; while disappearing on American cars, the externally mounted, covered spare tire remained a feature on European-produced cars.  When Edsel’s custom car arrived in Florida, interest from his well-off friends was so high that he sent a telegram back to Michigan that he could sell one thousand of the car.  Hand-built production of the aptly named Continental in 1940 and though suspended during World War II, reappeared in 1946 shortly after the war ended.

With a 125 inch wheelbase and an overall length of nearly 18 feet, you need to have adequate room combined with above-average mechanical ability to keep this Cadillac powered classic in running condition.  However, given the beauty and the declining prices, we think it will be worth the effort you’ll be rewarded with every time you take this beautiful automobile for a drive.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet. Truly a beautiful, rare and desirable classic automobile. Powered by a powerful and dependable 1949 Cadillac V-8 engine. Entire 6 Volt system professionally upgraded to a 12 Volt system for quick starting and dependability. All the gauges work as do the horns. No dings, dents or rust on the body. Lower Stainless steel is show quality. Bumpers have Patina and the interior is original. The undercarriage has been completed detailed and painted. Over $28,000 has been spent on upgrades over the past six months.

New convertible top still in box
Rebuilt convertible top cylinders – The Convertible top works
New Brake and fuel lines
New Wiring
Rebuilt carburetor
New Aluminum radiator
New Electric fan
New Electric Fuel Pump
New Cherry bomb muffler
Rebuilt water pump
New one wire 12 volt alternator
New wide white wall tires
Powder coated rims
New mud guards for rear fenders
New battery with cut-off switch
New points and spark plugs

This car attracts attention wherever it goes and always draws a crowd. Don’t buy this car is you are shy and bashful. Reduced to $44,500.00

This is the perfect solution and your summer vacation fun while social distancing. Or you can buy a Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Ford or Chevrolet but you might not get as much attention.

No trades accepted and please do not bother me with any scams or Paypal as I am not interested.”

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