This beautiful Lincoln has been updated to provide a dependable, comfortable, safe driving experience. Details are at the end of the narrative. Henry and Clara Ford’s only child, son Edsel, had grown up being groomed to one day take over the Ford Motor Company and along the way he was drawn to modern, stylish design in a variety of disciplines and eventually would become president of the Detroit Arts Commission. The automotive genre is where his ideas flourished to the benefit of Lincoln, the buying public, and admirers of classic automotive design worldwide. Edsel Ford's vision of modern design, which had early-on taken form with the ele gant, custom-bodied Lincoln, began to flower in 1936 with the development of the boldly streamlined Lincoln-Zephyr. Two years later, this platform would provide Ford and Gregorie (the designer) with the basis for one of the most venerated designs of the 20th Century: the Lincoln Continental. Artfully blending the radical shape of the Lincoln-Zephyr with Edsel Ford's vision of a "continental" automobile, Gregorie and his talented design staff produced the stunning lines of what was to become the 1940 Lincoln Continental. Introduced in the fall of 1939, the Continental was a critical success largely due to its classic, yet modern body contours. Its acceptance by design aficionados and a select consumer audience was universal. In 1951, it was selected by the Museum of Modern Art as one of the eight best pre-war automotive designs. Gregorie, with characteristic modesty, attributed the design of the Continental to Edsel Ford's inherent good taste and critical eye. "He was," said Gregorie, "a generous and perceptive mentor who closely followed the development of his dream car." But much of the credit for the Lincoln Continental's design must go to Bob Gregorie whose masterly implementation of his mentor's suggestions produced an enduring triumph of modern automotive design. It was introduced in 1940 as an exclusive, luxurious, handcrafted automobile for Lincoln’s prominent customers. It even included 14K gold dash accents. This beautiful restoration, approximately 7 years ago, on an original California car includes the following updates; Chevy 350 with a four barrel Automatic Transmission Power Steering & Power Brakes Power Seats & Cruise Control COLD Air Conditioning – check out an interior picture – looks like a factory install Note: This car's leather headliner has been preserved. - Drive this beautiful Classic Car anywhere with full confidence.
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