Convertible
When Ford Motor Co. president Edsel Ford wanted a special personal vehicle, he commissioned chief stylist Eugene T. 'Bob' Gregorie to create a custom design for his March, 1939 vacation. Gregorie sketched an elegant Zephyr-based convertible with a long hood and front fenders, a short trunk and what would become a Continental trademark, a covered spare tire between the trunk and rear bumper.

One reason for the long front end was its180 horsepower 305 cubic-inch V12 engine. The result was essentially a channeled, sectioned, no-running-board Zephyr that looked long, low and clean vs. other American cars of the time. Edsel had it delivered to Florida for his vacation, and the reaction among his wealthy friends was so strong that he figured Ford could sell a thousand a year. So he had Lincoln craftsmen hand build a couple dozen Continental Cabriolet convertibles, plus a few hardtops, in 1939 followed by 400 in 1940 (all considered 1930 models).

Continental production continued through 1941 and into 1942 (the 1942s got a revised grill and squared-off fenders for a somewhat boxier look) before Detroit's factories were converted to war support, then resumed (with a new grille and updated trim) in 1946 and ran through 1948. The 1948 Lincolns were the last /12-powered cars from a major U.S. maker, and '39-'48 Continentals are Classic Car Club of America 'Full Classics.' This Cabriolet -- one of 452 built for model year 1948 -- was bought by the current owner in 1996 and fully restored in 1997.

Chassis#

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History

2017 7
2016 7
2015 13
2014 13
2013 9
2012 7
2011 9
2010 10
2009 6
2008 9

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$23,986$55,0007
2016$33,379$49,5007
2015$30,288$71,50013
2014$43,219$66,00013
2013$43,400$75,9009
2012$53,100$110,0007
2011$39,053$71,5009
2010$43,150$66,00010
2009$31,983$68,7506
2008$51,518$110,0009

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Lincoln Continental
Sold for $18,000
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 8H174517
Sold for $55,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Chassis#: 8H182050
Sold for $22,550
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Chassis#: 7H17201
Sold for $9,350
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe
Sold for $27,500
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL RESTO MOD
Sold for $13,500
  2017 Leake Auction - OKC Fairgrounds
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
Chassis#: 8H181254
Sold for $22,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
Chassis#: 8H181363
Sold for $23,650
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Club Coupe
Sold for $28,600
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
    
1948 Lincoln Continential Coupe
Sold for $25,000
  2016 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Sold for $30,250
  2016 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach
 
1948 Lincoln Continental
Chassis#: 8H181564
Sold for $31,000
  2016 Leake Auction : Dallas Spring
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 8H181010
Sold for $45,650
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 8H181010
Sold for $49,500
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1948 Lincoln Continental
Sold for $44,000
  2015 Carlisle Auctions Fall Auction
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
Chassis#: 8H181696
Sold for $17,050
  2015 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Restomod Coupe
Sold for $25,300
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe
Sold for $25,000
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 8H181665
Sold for $33,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson : Reno Tahoe
 
1948 Lincoln Continental
Sold for $21,000
  2015 Mecum : Denver
 

No Sale

1948 Lincoln Mark I Continental's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 Lincoln Continental 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$28,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2 Door Convertible8H1810942017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az   
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2017 Mecum : Kissimmee$40,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible8H1774612016 Mecum : Monterey$30,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$40,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$47,000  
1948 LINCOLN CABRIOLET 2016 McCormick's Auction # 60$31,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible 2016 Russo & Steele : Arizona   
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2015 Auctions America California$40,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Club Coupe 2015 Mecum : Denver   
1948 Lincoln Continental Custom Cabriolet 2015 Auctions America Auburn Spring$22,500  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2015 Mecum : Houston   
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 2015 McCormick's Palm Springs # 58$27,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet8H-1820242014 RM Auctions Hershey$52,500$50,000$75,000
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE8H1813462014 Mecum Monterey$65,000$80,000$100,000
1948 LINCOLN ZEPHYR CABRIOLET8H1743922014 Mecum Monterey$45,000$60,000$75,000
1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe 2014 Auctions America : California$27,500  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 292 CI, 3-Speed 2014 Mecum Kissimmee$36,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2014 Mecum Kissimmee$22,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2014 Mecum Kissimmee$25,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2013 Silver Auction Arizona in the Fall$19,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible 2013 Leake Auction Dallas, Texas$50,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$45,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible8H 181 2422013 Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance $35,000$45,000
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2013 Auctions America Auburn Spring$35,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2012 Auctions America Fall Carlisle$30,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet8H1717962012 Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $55,000$70,000
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2012 Auctions America Spring Carlisle$46,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida$26,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida   

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