1941 Lincoln Custom Twelve

Chassis Num: 168H32209
Sold for $46,750 at 2011 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $63,250 at 2014 Gooding & Company.
Lincoln discontinued the Model K for the 1940 Model year. Though the Zephyr had been very popular since its introduction in 1936, the absence of the Model K was a void in the luxury automaker's catalog. The Continental coupe and convertible was able to fill some of that loss, but there was no true luxury car in the lineup. Lincoln responded by introduction the Custom Twelve which had a wheelbase 13 inches longer than any other Lincolns at the time. It was a proper luxury automobile with a spacious and comfortable interior with seating for up to eight-passengers. It had a bustle trunk in the back, a Continental hood ornament and Zephyr club coupe front doors. There were industry's first power front seat, power hydraulic window lifts and a folding center armrest in the rear. The Custom sedan was a three-window type with open passenger compartment. The Custom limousine was equipped with a division partition with power-operated window.

Lincoln offered just one engine across its lineup for 1941. All Lincoln models were powered by a 75-degree, L-head, V-12 that displaced 292 cubic-inches and produced 120 horsepower. It was mated to a three-speed sliding gear transmission with column shift controls. Braking was provided by internal expanding Bendix Hydraulic brakes at all four corners.

The Lincoln Custom Twelve obtained a level of luxury and exclusivity known to elite automobiles. Just 355 examples of the sedan and 295 example of the limousine were produced.

This example was acquired by the current owner in 2005 and has been completely restored to high standards. It is painted in the original Spode Green color and has a tan whipcord interior, front and rear, and the power division window. The rear compartment has two jump seats, each with a corresponding foot rest, and there are three separate hot-water heaters, providing both passenger and chauffeur comfort.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the St. John auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $46,750 inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011
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