aside post You never know what you’ll see out for a drive

You never know what you'll see out for a drive.

Lincoln Continental Front

You never know what you’ll see out for a drive. As you can imagine, I did a double-take when I passed this immaculate first generation Lincoln Continental driving through Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada. Luckily I had my camera.

Continental Interior

The same pristine condition continues inside, tarnished only by some aftermarket gauges on the dash. This particular owner was trusting enough to leave the car unaccompanied, with the keys in the ignition, for quite a long time.

Continental Rear

Also somewhat strange was the lack of licence plate. Not sure if this was local or passing through.

Continental Grill

The grill work on this car identifies it as one of the revised post-war Lincoln Continentals, itself a revision of the original Lincoln Continental of 1939. The original Continental’s sweeping front end and waterfall grill – the one Lincoln is currently aping – was replaced with this rather hefty looking design. Production halted during the war, and the model returned in 1946 with the new, heavier grille treatment seen here.

Continental Grill

Under the hood of the Continental was a 4.8L V12; currently the last V12 produced by a major American car manufacturer.

Continental Hubcap

Although not as highly regarded as it’s predecessor due to it’s fussier styling, it’s still a very rare car. Production figures for the convertible amount to 201 for 1946, 738 for 1947, and 452 for 1948.

Continental Front B

One of the higher end cars you could purchase at the time, the hand built car cost around $5000 when new. They’re now worth anything from $35,000 to $100,000.