1941 Lincoln Continental Convertible, Owned by Edsel B. Ford

Summary

Inspired after a 1938 trip to Europe, Edsel Ford collaborated with Lincoln stylists on a custom car with a sophisticated "continental" look. Reaction was so positive that Lincoln put the car into production. The beautiful 1940-1948 Lincoln Continentals that followed arguably represent Edsel Ford's most important contribution to the automotive industry. This 1941 model was Edsel Ford's personal car.

Inspired after a 1938 trip to Europe, Edsel Ford collaborated with Lincoln stylists on a custom car with a sophisticated "continental" look. Reaction was so positive that Lincoln put the car into production. The beautiful 1940-1948 Lincoln Continentals that followed arguably represent Edsel Ford's most important contribution to the automotive industry. This 1941 model was Edsel Ford's personal car.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1941

Creators

Ford Motor Company. Lincoln Division 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Made by the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

56.79.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Canvas
Glass (Material)
Leather
Mahogany (Wood)

Technique

Customizing

Color

Bluish gray
Tan (color)

Dimensions

Height: 64 in

Width: 69 in

Length: 209.8 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Inscriptions

Marked on the front, in a teardrop shaped medallion: V 12 Each side of hood reads: Lincoln Continential Wheel hubs are marked: Lincoln V 12 Spare tire on rear of the vehicle has a wheel hub: Lincoln Continential

Specifications

Make & Model: 1941 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: V-12, L-head valves, 292 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 64 inches

Wheelbase: 125 inches

Width: 69 inches

Overall length: 210 inches

Weight: 3860 pounds

Horsepower: 120 @ 3500 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 32.2

Price: $2,778

Average 1941 wage: $1,492 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 1 year, 10 months

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