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1948 Lincoln Mark I Continental

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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.

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1948 Lincoln Mark I Continental Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lincoln Mark I Continental

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Sold for USD$22,000
  2022 Mecum : Chattanooga
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Sold for USD$71,500
  2022 Mecum : Chattanooga
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Custom Coupe
Sold for USD$27,500
  2022 Mecum : Dallas
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Sold for USD$28,600
  2022 Mecum : Dallas
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Chassis#: 8H176397
Sold for USD$57,885
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
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1948 Lincoln Continental Custom Coupe
Sold for USD$23,100
  2022 Mecum Indy
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Chassis#: 8H18100
Sold for USD$44,550
  2022 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Sold for USD$26,400
  2022 Mecum : Glendale
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Sedan
Sold for USD$27,500
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1948 Lincoln Continental
Sold for USD$27,500
  2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
Chassis#: 8H181440
Sold for USD$11,550
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Houston
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
Chassis#: 8H182090
Sold for USD$12,650
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Houston
 
1948 Lincoln Convertible
Chassis#: 8H177149
Sold for USD$44,550
  2021 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Sold for USD$28,600
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1948 Lincoln Continental
Sold for USD$19,800
  2021 Mecum : Houston 2021
 
1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 8H181841
Sold for USD$24,640
  2020 Bonhams : Quail Motorcar Auction
 
1948 Lincoln Convertible
Chassis#: 8H177149
Sold for USD$25,300
  2020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Sold for USD$22,000
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Chassis#: V1113591
Sold for USD$22,000
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1948 Lincoln Continental
Chassis#: 8H181029
Sold for USD$19,800
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 

Lincoln Mark I Continentals That Failed To Sell At Auction

1948 Lincoln Mark I Continental's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe 2020 Mecum : Dallas$12,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible8H1818652020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online $30,000$40,000
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$32,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Resto Mod 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$25,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$13,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Resto Mod 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$35,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2018 Mecum : Las Vegas$70,000$125,000$150,000
1948 Lincoln Continental 2018 GAA : November 2018$36,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2018 Mecum : Portland$25,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2018 Leake Tulsa$30,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental 2018 Leake Tulsa$33,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet876H7610992018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $40,000$60,000
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$47,000  
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$40,000  
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  

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