1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet V12

April 27, 2022 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $49,900, so we’ve moved this 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet to our “Rides Still Available” Page. If you are serious about buying this Lincoln, you can click the blue “Buy Now or Make an Offer” button below to navigate to the bidding page where you can agree to pay the “Buy Now” price of $49,900 or enter a reasonable counter-offer we will present to the seller.

GuysWithRides.com is proud to offer this ready-to-be completed, V12-Powered 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet in an online, reserve-style auction on behalf of the family of the restorer.  Bidding opens at 9:00 AM Wednesday, April 13, 2022, and continues for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 8:00 PM Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

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Current High Bid = $16,775

The first-generation Lincoln Continental is such a gorgeous classic.  We can only imagine being on a street shortly after the end of World War II as one of these passed by and wondering what the well-heeled driver did to afford such a stunning automobile.  Recognized by the Museum of Modern Art as a “timeless design”, it’s just amazing to see the value of these exquisite automobiles on the decline while ultra-low-mileage Honda Civics now command more.

The design of the original Lincoln Continental began as a one-off design personal car for then Ford Motor Company President Edsel Ford he commissioned Chief Stylist Bob Gregorie to have it ready for his March 1939 Florida vacation. The custom channeled and sectioned version derived from a Lincoln Zephyr design introduced 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 hood line 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.  This 1946 example is one of only 210 produced and features the flat head V12 in addition to a hydraulically actuated convertible top and windows.

The sellers of this 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet are children of the deceased owner who passed away late last year. A professional car restorer, he slowly worked on this car over the past two decades to get to the level presented here. While not a completed project, with all of the parts needed to complete it included as part of the sale, this is an excellent opportunity for the right person to put the labor needed in to finish the job.

The sellers note their Lincoln Continental comes with the complete carpet kit. All of the chrome parts have been replated and all of the stainless trim has been polished.

The pre-purchase inspection confirmed this 1946 Lincoln Continental Convertible is in working order with flaws noted documented in the photographs.  The picture below contains the Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection completed and prepared on Monday, April 11, 2022, just prior to the start of this auction. To review the Pre-Purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing two key sources of pricing data. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool and the Collector Car Market Review provide this summary of values based on a car’s condition:

Here’s the Exterior Photograph Gallery.  Click on a desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures

Here’s the Interior Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Underhood Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Tires & Wheels Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Convertible Top & Windows Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Documentation Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

If you have any questions about this 1946 Lincoln Continental Two Door Cabriolet, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

4 Comments
  1. Ernest Valtri

    Wow. You could have the coolest V12 on your block!

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  2. Jeff liljenquist

    I am the high bidder and would love to have this car. However my budget will not allow me to go above $25,000. If there is any possibility that would work for you please let me know. I could pick it up immediately.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Jeff, I appreciate your request. I will check with the family on Thursday but I doubt they will let it go for that. Stay tuned.

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  3. Jeff liljenquist

    Would they take $30,000 for this car since the restoration is incomplete? If not, what is the minimum they would take?

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