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Lot 64
1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible

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1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible


• The sleek new flagship for Lincoln in 1949
• Power activated top, with power windows and power seats
• A well-executed restoration throughout
• Lovely red interior with the factory AM radio

337 cid flathead V-8 engine, 152 HP, three-speed manual transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 125

The entire Lincoln model lineup was revamped in 1949 after using the dated pontoon fenders of the pre-war cars for several years. They received sleek envelope styling that flowed to the rear bumper and an increase in horsepower. Easily distinguished from the 1948 models, these models featured recessed headlights and a more 'streamlined appearance'.

A stately full-size luxury car, the Cosmopolitan from Lincoln was the type of car to chauffeur presidents. Introduced in 1949, the all-new postwar Cosmopolitan was eventually produced until 1954. The design of these elegant models came from Bob Gregorie, notably the chrome spears trailing the front fenders. Available in four body styles, the grand Cosmopolitan came in club coupe, town sedan, sport sedan and convertible. The most expensive and the heaviest, the convertible had a base price of $3,948, thus only 1,230 convertible Cosmopolitans were produced. Weighing around 4,400 pounds, this Cosmopolitan features a three-speed column shifted manual and a 337-cubic inch flathead engine that pushes well more than the standard 152 horsepower due a .20 over boring, free-flow period-correct Edmunds heads, and dual exhaust installed at restoration. Visually stock, the entire drivetrain is beautifully presented under the massive hood.

Our consignor reports this Cosmopolitan was stored from 1964 - 1984 when he purchased it, with a very solid body. He had the car accurately restored, with the gaps between the long flowing body panels showing their skills. The deep black paint finish and chrome are likewise exceptional, with a clean wide-mouth grille beneath those recessed head lamps. The interior is also fully sorted, with clean upholstery, great carpets, and a very ornate Art Deco dashboard with heater and AM radio as creature comforts. Power windows and power seats join the tan power activated soft top for driver convenience, and the big Lincoln looks great with the convertible top up or down. With exquisite paint and upholstery, this Cosmopolitan represents the pinnacle of Lincoln craftsmanship, and offers the chance to purchase one of the very best Lincolns of the era.

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