Tuesday, January 3, 2017

1975 Lincoln Continental Mk IV Blue Diamond Luxury Group

From the seller’s description:
1975 Lincoln Continental Mark 4 purchased from the estate of the original owner.
Garage kept since new, always driven and used (never sat) with only 53,000 original miles. Car is original and perfect working condition.
They say diamonds are forever… in 1975 Lincoln introduced the …
The Blue Diamond cars were painted in Aqua Blue Diamond Fire Metallic (paint code 45), an exclusive color to this model which made the car quite striking visually. This was topped off with an Aqua Blue Normande Grain vinyl roof which featured a new-for-1975 body color band around the edges.
Just below the fender line, a double body side stripe in Aqua (code K) ran from front to rear, matching the vinyl roof color and accenting the elegant lines of the Mark IV.
Inside, soft Aqua Blue Leather with woodgrain appliques on the instrument panel, steering wheel, door trim panels, and rear side trim panels featured a lighter shade of woodgraining that really brightened up the interior and provided a nice compliment to the Aqua-colored trim
Priced at $475, the Blue Diamond Luxury Group was the most expensive luxury group to date, attributed mostly to the additional cost of the Diamond Fire Metallic paint. Despite its availability during the entire production run, cars with this option are rare.

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1966 Lincoln Continental

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U.K. Continental Mk. II

It turns out our friends on the other side of the ocean like 1956 Continental II’s as well! Thanks to international Barn Finds reader Dik S. for sending us this great find. Remember, you can send your finds to tips@barnfinds.com! This one is listed here on eBay UK (incorrectly categorized as a Lincoln) and is located in Beaumont, Essex, United Kingdom. It’s priced at 9,875 pounds, which translates to $12,123 as I write.

While this looks like a California black plate to me, I’m not 100% sure, but since the car comes with a California title it would make sense. The seller tells us it’s a US genuine barn find, and it looks the part. It’s nice to see all the trim in place, unlike the other 1956 we featured recently. Again, this is a very limited edition car that was its own marque for a short period, separate and elevated over Lincoln.

The paint is obviously very crazed, but I still wonder what it would look like after a good clean up and wax. I think the center of the roof is beyond hope, though, if that is indeed the surface rust I think it is.

While the inside looks a lot better than the other 1956, I’d have to spend a lot of time cleaning before I could be sure. I think it could be made usable, especially if you are looking for a driver. As far as driving this car, the seller tells us that it starts and drives, but little else. As there are no pictures of the engine, I’m left wondering if it’s the original unit or that something else has been put under the hood. To be honest, I really don’t understand why sellers list cars without a complete set of pictures, including the engine. What do you think of this car? It does have the wheel covers and trim in place, but we know little about any rust. Would you take a chance at the price, European readers?

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1955 Lincoln Capri

This black beauty is a 1955 Lincoln Capri. It’s such a good-looking, solid car and you can find it on Craigslist with an asking price of $4,800. This one is only 50 miles from me, up in Maple Lake, Minnesota. Hmm..

That’s one, big bumper! The lines on these cars are so elegant and understated, this would be a fun car to own for weekend jaunts and just for general driving pleasure. It really looks solid, even underneath. Look at that classic frame, it’s so clean and dry, very nice.

The 1952-1955 Lincoln Capri, the first-generation, was by far the most sedate and some may say boring (not me!) of the three generations for the Capri. I think it’s a great looking car, but I like underdogs. The hood looks like it’s out of alignment in the photo above, and the windshield is cracked. The seller mentions also one small area of rust (that I don’t see?) and that the clear-coat is peeling in some areas, so it’s been repainted at some point. If you’re even halfway decent in bodywork you will have this beauty in perfect condition in no time. Now, to find that missing “C” from the LIN OLN on the hood!

I think that you’ll spend most of your time and money on the interior. But, what an interior this car has! I often lament the lack of power windows and AC on even luxury cars from the 1970s and later, but this car is loaded with power windows, seats, and of course power steering and brakes. And, this car has the optional rear AC and it’s all there! Of course, it’ll need to be gone through once you get the rest of the mechanical and interior worked out. Even the trunk looks good, considering it’s older than I am.

This is Lincoln’s 341 cubic-inch Y-Block V8 with around 225 hp. Here’s what the engine will look like after I.. ha, er.. I mean, after the next owner restores it. It looks pretty decent under the hood and the seller says that it has “many new parts new battery, starter, fuel pump, distributor, brake master cylinder, heads were redone, and carb gone through.” I really like this car. Am I the only fan of these first-generation Lincoln Capris out there? I sure hope not!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Lincoln that might have been – the David Holls-designed 1932 Model KB Boattail Speedster

1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster. Photos by Patrick Ernzen, courtesy RM Sotheby’s.

In an alternate universe, Edsel Ford might have commissioned a custom-bodied Lincoln Speedster from Paris, France, carrosserie Hibbard & Darrin, complete with pontoon fenders, a tapered rear deck, and a hood that stretched to the horizon to cover the hot-rodded V-12 beneath it. In this universe, it never happened, yet the car exists, the result of one man’s passion and another man’s flair for design. Next month, this one-of-a-kind 1932 Lincoln Model KB Boattail Speedster heads to auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania, as part of the annual RM Sotheby’s sale.
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
The genesis of this custom boattail speedster dates to the mid-1990s, when Lincoln collector Greg Bilpuch struck up a conversation with David Holls, the retired vice president director of design for General Motors, and the man who directed the styling of the 1966 Buick Riviera, the 1967 and 1970 Chevrolet Camaros, and the 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Speculating on his “dream Lincoln,” Bilpuch described a car based upon the 12-cylinder Lincoln KB, but clad in a sporty speedster body from coachbuilders Hibbard & Darrin, a creation that, under different circumstances, Edsel Ford himself may have had built.
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
The thought stuck in Holls’s mind, and the retired designer returned to the drawing board to sketch his interpretation of such a one-off creation. The end result was a blend of Hibbard & Darrin traits (steeply raked V-shaped windshield, flowing pontoon fenders, elongated hood), with a nod to the “fishtail speedster” designed by Gordon Buehrig for coachbuilder Weymann. It was a bold design, but one that Holls and Bilpuch agreed should be built.
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
The project began in 1995 with a 1932 Lincoln KA, modified by a previous owner for use as a tow truck. With little of the original bodywork remaining, there could be no objection from purists that a salvageable Lincoln was destroyed to build a vision of a car that never was, but perhaps should have been. The custom coachwork was crafted by Marcel Delay of Corona, California, using an ash wood frame to support the car’s aluminum body panels, though a portion of the original car’s hood was retained. As a testament to the shop’s craftsmanship, the boattail upper deck of the speedster was left in polished aluminum, while the rest of the car was painted black by Brian Joseph’s Classic & Exotic Service of Troy, Michigan, which also handled final assembly.
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
In keeping with Edsel Ford’s love of speed, the Lincoln, now known as the “David Holls Speedster,” received a 12-cylinder Lincoln KB engine instead of a replacement eight-cylinder KA. Rated at 150 horsepower in original trim, the hopped up 448-cu.in. V-12 sports a quartet of two-barrel Stromberg 81 carburetors, which help to raise output to 175 horsepower. Torque goes to the rear wheels via a three-speed manual transmission, and the car rides on an air suspension with power-assisted drum brakes in all four corners.
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
Completion of the Lincoln Speedster took three and a half years, and the car debuted in time to show at the 1999 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. There, it scored a second-place ribbon in the American Pre-War 1932-1941 class, much to then-owner Bilpuch’s amazement. It was a proud moment for Holls as well, but sadly the designer died in June 2000, just as his Speedster continued its winning ways on the show circuit at Eyes on Design and the Bay Harbor Vintage Car & Boat Festival.
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
The car has since won accolades at shows from coast to coast, and its current owner has enjoyed the its performance in events like the Copperstate 1000 and the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic. Attesting to an 80+ MPH top speed, the owner was once ticketed behind the wheel of the Lincoln at 72 MPH, a fact that Edsel Ford himself would surely have appreciated.
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
The David Holls Speedster is set to cross the block on Thursday evening, October 6, and RM Sotheby’s is anticipating a selling price between $200,000 and $275,000.
1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster
The Hershey Sale takes place on October 6 and 7, concurrent with the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet, and is held at The Hershey Lodge. For additional details, visit RMSothebys.com.
UPDATE (7.October 2016): The David Holls Speedster sold for a fee-inclusive price of $605,000.

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2000 Lincoln LS Sport Package

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1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12

left front
The Zephyr was Lincoln’s mid-sized luxury car. It filled the gap between the Ford Deluxe and the Lincoln K-Series. This Lincoln is listed on eBay  in Tampa, Florida with no reserve. The auction ends next Sunday and bidding is just over $2000 at this time. This Zephyr was restored many years ago and has been in a private collection. It is complete and original but will need some work.

inside front right
The interior looks really nice and original. The locking glove box was one of the many standard luxury features. The shifter for the 3 speed transmission had been moved from the floor, but wasn’t yet column mounted.

There is a large area on the trunk where the paint has pealed that is going to need attention.

The flathead 12 looks complete. The engine turns, but it has not been started. That’s a 267 CID 110 HP. The 12 cylinders were more for smoothness than power. These 12 cylinder flatheads have a unique sound and run so smoothly when properly tuned.

There’s no sign of rust underneath. That’s a two speed rearend.

right rear
This Zephyr is beautiful from every angle. One would certainly want to repair the trunk lid but otherwise it looks like it could be a nice driver. The mechanical and electrical systems could be more challenging. After so many years the brake and fuel systems will need lots of attention, no doubt. Could you imagine taking this on for a daily driver? Would you make any changes?

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