See this 1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet V-12

The 1948 Lincoln Continental was a luxury car built by the Lincoln Division of the Ford Motor Company. The Lincoln Continental brand of automobile has always been thought of as the top of the line in luxury and prestige. This automobile of course did compete directly against General Motor's Cadillac and Chrysler's Imperial. The first Lincoln Continental introduced to the public in 1940 was available as a coupe and cabriolet.

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1948 Lincoln Continental Mark I

As the story goes, the first Lincoln Continental was a one-off build expressly for Edsel Ford and to be used for an upcoming vacation. With that being said, most auto historians believe that this car was planned all along to go into general production which it did. The basis for the design was taken from the Lincoln Zephyr blueprints with some changes. Design credit went to Bob Gregorie, head stylist at the Ford Motor Company.

The automobile featured in this article is a 1948 Lincoln Continental Mark I Cabriolet V-12. This car is from the first generation of Lincoln Continentals which were produced from 1939-1948. These cars were considered some of the very best built in their era. To own one was expensive but to their buyers it was an investment in luxury transportation. Two important things to note about the 1948 Lincoln Continental are that this was the last year for the Lincoln V-12 engine and the Continental model itself would not be seen again until the 1956 model year. In 1956 the automobile would be named the Continental Mark II.

lincoln continental mark ILincoln Continental Early Years and the War

The models from 1939 through 1941 were generally of the same design with few changes. The 1942 Lincoln Continental did receive design changes which largely consisted of squared fenders and a new grille. The 42 models of course had a limited production run because of the U.S. entrance into World War Two. All civilian auto manufacturing was suspended in February of 1942. The Lincoln Continental would not be seen again until the 1946 model was introduced. It took until the 1947 model year for production to return to more normal levels.

The Lincoln Zephyr V-12

Our 1948 Lincoln Continental was powered by a 306 cubic inch Lincoln Zephyr V-12. This engine actually was used for about one month for the 1942 model before production was cut off. The engine was reintroduced for a short time beginning with the 1946 model year but was changed to a 292 cubic inch version during that production run. The 306 versions were having problems with too thin cylinder walls. The 292's would be used from that point up through the 1948 Lincoln Continental models.

1948 Lincoln Continental Specifications

As mentioned above, the 1948 Lincoln Continental was built with a Lincoln 292 V-12 L-Head engine. Horsepower was rated at 125.

Available transmission was a three speed manual with overdrive and a three speed automatic.

lincoln continental mark iDimensions for this model included a wheelbase of 125.0 inches, an overall length of 219.6 inches, a width of 77.8 inches and a height of 63.0 inches. Curb weight came in at 4,320 lbs.

Total 1948 Lincoln production was 43,950 vehicles. Out of that number there were 1,300 Mark I Continental's produced and out of that number there were only 452 convertible Continental models built.

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Vintage Lincoln Continentals and Lincoln Zephyrs are both popular collector cars. Lincoln Continentals are designated as Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America which helps keep their collector value up.

48 lincolnThere are car clubs for Lincoln Continental enthusiasts including the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club. For those taking on the challenge of restoring one of these vintage models, parts are not necessarily hard to find. The older the model the more difficult it may be but there are several outlets found on the internet.

As of this writing, values for the 1948 Lincoln Continental Mark I are reasonably solid. With all things being equal, the convertibles are priced much above the coupes. Collector car prices at this time have the mint condition cabriolets valued at a range of about $85,000 to $110,000. Values for daily drivers with visible flaws might be priced in the $30,000 to $40,000 range. 1948 Lincoln Continental Coupes in like condition are valued at roughly 60 percent of that of the cabriolets.

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A Very Rare 1936 Ford Sedan Convertible / Photos, Specs

The automobile featured in this article is a beautiful original 1936 Ford Sedan Convertible. These are rare models considering only around 5,500 were produced. Everything on this automobile is original including the V-8 which was one of the first series of V-8's built by Ford.

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1936 Ford Sedan Convertible

There were both phaetons and convertibles produced. The difference between the two is that a phaeton has no sliding windows on the doors. It's an open automobile without weather protection. A convertible is a car with sliding windows and with a folding top.

An interesting side note is that President Franklin Roosevelt owned a 1936 Ford Phaeton which had hand controls allowing him to drive the vehicle. The car has been on display for many decades and is still on display at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum located at 4078 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY.

The 1936 Ford

The 1936 Ford was basically similar to the 35 model with some changes. Lines were more rounded which included a new grille This was an inverted pentagonal grille with all-vertical bars beneath a prominent hood and three horizontal chrome side strips. A concealed horn, long a prominent part of the Ford's design, also brought the car into modern times. The engine was moved forward several inches, and the body was 5.5 inches wider. The automobile looked more stylish.

1936 ford sedan convertible

The early V-8 engine years at Ford marked the era of design and power improvements not seen at the company until that time.

The 1930's and the Great Depression weighed heavily on the auto industry and this of course included Ford. Henry Ford lowered worker's wages and laid off some.Several luxury automakers didn't even survive the 1930's with Auburn being  a good example.

Unions tried to organize Ford workers which led to strikes and violence. A union contract was not to come until 1941. Improvements were made to Ford automobiles during the 30's which kept it competitive with General Motors had been known to be a bit quicker than Ford with improvements.

When 1936 opened up, Ford Motor found itself in third place in sales behind both GM and Chrysler. Also that year, Ford reached total company production of it's twenty millionth vehicle since the company was formed. Out of that amount, 15 million vehicles had been Model T's.

1936 Ford Sedan Convertible Specifications

The 36 Ford was built with a 221 Cubic Inch Flathead V-8 that was rated at 85 horsepower. This was an engine upgrade new for 1936.

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36 Ford four door sedan convertible

The gearbox was a three speed manual that could be switched into a six speed.

Brakes consisted of four wheel hydraulic actuated drums.

The Convertible Sedan featured in this article has a full top with roll-up windows and a removable center post between the side windows. The post would typically be removed when the convertible top was down. This design allowed all-weather protection and eliminated cold drafts that were felt in traditional phaeton and touring sedan car styles.

Total Ford production for the 1936 models were 930,700 vehicles. Out of that figure , production for the 1936 Sedan Convertible totaled 5,600. If you on one of these restored models today you have a valuable automobile.

New car prices for the Ford models in 1936 ranged between $550 and $750. If you compare these prices to those before the 1930'd you will see how large a shadow the Great Depression cast over the American automobile industry.

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1936 ford convertible1936 Ford Collector Car Values

Any of the Ford automobiles produced for the 1936 model year are valuable collector cars. Some of the fully restored 1936 Ford models have relatively hefty price tags today. As mentioned above, the 36 Ford Sedan Convertibles are rare with relatively few built.

The 1936 Ford Woody Wagon likely will have a $100,000 asking price. Sedans and coupes in similar conditions will likely have $40,000 to $80,000 + price tags.

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The 1963 Dodge Custom 880 V-8 / Photos, Specs

The 1963 Dodge 880 featured in this article is a full size passenger car. It was also Dodge's top of the line automobile for that model year. Though it's a fact that compacts were popular in the early 1960s, the public still wanted full-size cars and the Dodge 880 filled that need.

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1963 Dodge Custom 880

The Dodge Custom 880

The Unit-Body Dodge Custom 880 first appeared as a 1962 model and lasted through the 1965 model year.

The model was needed for a few reasons. DeSoto was discontinued after 1961 and that left a void. The last DeSoto car came off Detroit's Jefferson Avenue assembly plant on November 29, 1960.  In addition to that Dodge simply needed a mid priced full size car.

During the calendar year 1962 Dodge found itself short of full size cars. The thought at Chrysler was that competitors were downsizing for 1962 a bit more than they really were. The Dodge 880 for 1962, because of design time constraints, ended up being based on the Chrysler Newport. The story here is that the Dodge Custom 880 was actually designed in only three months. Existing parts had to be used from Chrysler's other models. To help differentiate between the two models...Chrysler Newport and Dodge Custom 880, designers put a Dodge Polara front end onto rear Newport quarter panels.

To have the front end look a bit different, stylists used what was called a "Fratzog" emblem in place of the star bar. The term Fratzog was the idea of a Dodge designer and the emblem was used from 1962 to 1975. The term itself means absolutely nothing but did eventually become known as the "Dodge Delta".

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Round tail light in a chrome base

Dodge advertising for it's Custom 880 cars stressed luxury and elegance. Ad phrases used included... "If elegance were spelled in numbers, this would be it". " Everywhere you look, inside and out, you'll be impressed with this superb 880's custom touches".

While the Dodge Custom 880 didn't actually come out until January 1962, there were several styles to choose from during this shortened production run. These included a four-door sedan, two- or four-door hardtop, a two-door convertible, and a choice of six- or nine-passenger station wagons. Total 1962 Dodge Custom 880 production was only 17,500 units but considering the shortened production time the model was a success.

Changes for 1963

The 1963 model year marked the second year of a four-year run for the full-size Dodge Custom 880 Series. The 63 model was introduced on November 14, 1962.

Most would say that the 63 Dodge 880 was a better looking car than it's 62 predecessor. All of the model styles from 1962 returned in 1963. In addition, there was a new base model simply named the Dodge 880. This 880 model included only a four door sedan and two different wagons.

Design changes included straighter fenders, a depressed center section of the hood and new Chrysler front bumpers. Also there was a full length grille with convex vertical bars.  The name DODGE spelled out across the hood front in block letters. This block lettering was also on the trunk lid. The Dodge name as also spelled out in script along the front fenders behind the headlights. Tail lights were different for 1963.  The round lights were in large chrome housing.In fact, Dodge had used their round tail lights ever since 1955.

Dodge 880 and Custom 880 production for the 63 model year totaled 28,200 vehicles.

1963 Dodge 880 Specifications

Standard engine for the 63 Dodge 880 was a 361 cubic inch big block V-8. For 1963 there was also an option available for a 383 cubic inch large block V-8. This 383 used premium fuel. The 361's had a two barrel carburetor and were rated at 265 HP.

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New full width grille

Standard was a three speed manual gearbox. An option was a three speed TorqueFlite automatic. The Dodge-Plymouth TorqueFlite transmission proved to be quite popular. Having debuted in 1956 on the Imperial brand, it was well known for it's smoothness and was sold to some foreign luxury automakers as well as to competitor AMC. The first generation of TorqueFlites were considered by some to be the best automatics in the world.

Brakes were four wheel drums.

Front suspension was upper and lower A-arms and longitudinal torsion bars. Rear suspension included semi-elliptic leaf springs.

The car was built with a 122.0 inch wheelbase. Same wheelbase as the Chrysler Newport. Weight averaged about 3,900 lbs.

New car price was about $2,350.

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63 Dodge Custom 880 dashboard

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The 1963 Dodge Custom 880 and the Dodge 880 do not rank near the top of collector interest. By the same token prices for existing models do make these automobiles affordable for new collectors.

Asking prices for the Coupe and Sedan might be found in the $10,000-$15,000 range. Convertibles might be the highest priced at $20,000 and above.

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