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1941 Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln Continental had a simple, clean, and elegant design that was initially conceived as a personal car for Edsel Ford for use as his winter home in Hobe Sound, Florida. It was instantly identifiable as a Lincoln and based on the Zephyr but had a seven-inch longer hood and the body sectioned to be 3 inches lower. The design was greeted with instant acclaim and was soon put into production.

Production began as a 4-seat cabriolet followed shortly by a coupe, which quickly became more popular than the cabriolet.

Only minor modifications were applied for the 1941 model year, such as the interior and exterior door handles being of the push-button type. 400 examples of the Cabriolet were built at a base price of $2,780 while the coupe had a base price of $2,725 and 850 examples were built. The L-head 12-cylinder engine displaced 292 cubic-inches and had four main bearings and a Holley downdraft two-barrel carburetor. They had a three-speed transmission and Bendix hydraulic, internal expanding brakes on all four wheels. The Lincoln Continental script was placed on the spare tire hubcap and on the hood. The road hubcaps had the Lincoln V-12 name.

Lincoln produced 1,250 examples of the Lincoln Continental in 1941.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019

Related Reading : Lincoln Continental History

The name Continental was inspired by the 1940s Lincoln Continental powered by a large 12-cylinder engine. Bentley had used the name Continental on their model line, adding to the ambiance and prestige. In 1956 the Ford Motor Company formed the Continental Division for the production of the Mark II. Its general manager was William Clay Bill Ford, son of Edsel Ford and grandson of Henry Ford. Many....
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1941 Vehicle Profiles

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Coupe

In 1922, Henry and Wilford Leland's Lincoln Motor Company was purchased by the Ford Motor Company. The LeLands had gone into business in 1917 building Liberty airplane engines. When the war ended they eventually switched to luxury automobile producti....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: H121025

When Ford Motor Company President Edsel Ford returned from a European vacation in September 1938, he asked designer E. T. 'Bob' Gregorie for a special car that would be 'strictly continental.' Clean uncluttered lines, elegant styling and a nod to art....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Cabriolet

Designed by E.T. 'Bob' Gregorie, the Cabriolet Convertible evolved from a prototype personally built in late 1938 for Edsel Ford.....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Cabriolet

The Continental was first developed as a one-off special for the Ford president, Edsel Ford. The public reaction was so enthusiastic that it was put into limited production. These cars were virtually hand built and incorporated a V-12 engine. The ....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Derham Coupe
Coachwork: Derham

The Continental was considered a sub-series of the Zephyr and shared its 292 cubic-inch, 120 horsepower V-12 with aluminum heads. Standard bodies were built by Briggs for Lincoln and production, while interrupted by World War II, continued after the ....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Cabriolet

Edsel Ford had the best seat in the house as the birth of the automobile unfolded before his eyes. The only son of Henry Ford, Edsel possessed a strong mechanical mind and, like many of his peers, was already tinkering with cars and even building his....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: H108325

This 1941 Lincoln Continental Convertible is believed to have only 54,000 original miles from new, and benefits from a comprehensive body-off restoration completed in the late 1990s. After the work was completed, it easily earned AACA Junior and Seni....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 16456301

Lincoln produced 750 Continental Convertibles; 350 in 1940 and 400 in 1942. For 1942, the Lincoln's were redesigned. This example was restored in the 1980s and has been repainted in its original black and retains its original red leather interior and....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Cabriolet

The Leland brothers went into business in 1917, building Liberty airplane engines. When the war ended, they switched to the production of luxury automobiles. This move started a financial landslide that ended with the 1922 sale of the company to Henr....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Coupe

When Lincoln introduced the Zephyr with its Art Deco styling, they quickened the inevitable demise of the large Lincoln K series that was phased out after the 1939 model year. It was powered by a new V12 engine derived from the proven Ford flathead V....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: H107729

This Lincoln Continental Cabriolet was assembled on August 21st of 1940, and shipped on the 29th to Jacksonville, Florida. It wears body number 09 of 400 produced for the year. ....[continue reading]

1941 Lincoln Continental vehicle information

Town Car
Coachwork: Brunn

This special Lincoln Continental was designed by Edsel Ford for the use of Ford family members and senior Ford company executives. Built by Brunn & Company in Buffalo, New York, it was the last Lincoln to be bodied by that coachbuilder. It is one of ....[continue reading]

Coupe
 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: H121025 
Cabriolet
 
Cabriolet
 
Derham Coupe by Derham
 
Cabriolet
 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: H108325 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 16456301 
Cabriolet
 
Coupe
 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: H107729 
Town Car by Brunn
 


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1941 Lincoln Continental Price Range: $2,730 - $2,778

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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Lincoln
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)16,645
1945Volkswagen (12,852)
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)6,547
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)17,756
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)22,046
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)22,711
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)19,527
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)30,994
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)16,528

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