Miniature Clay Model of 1939 Experimental Lincoln Made for Edsel Ford

Summary

Inspired by a 1938 European trip, Edsel Ford collaborated with designer E.T. "Bob" Gregorie on a custom car with a "continental" look. Based on the Lincoln Zephyr, the prototype Lincoln Continental was longer and lower. While a production version was built from 1940 to 1948, the prototype -- heavy with lead filling and prone to leaks -- was scrapped soon after completion.

Inspired by a 1938 European trip, Edsel Ford collaborated with designer E.T. "Bob" Gregorie on a custom car with a "continental" look. Based on the Lincoln Zephyr, the prototype Lincoln Continental was longer and lower. While a production version was built from 1940 to 1948, the prototype -- heavy with lead filling and prone to leaks -- was scrapped soon after completion.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

24 October 1939

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.189.14239

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.25 in

Width: 10 in

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