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It seems like the retro design aesthetic in autos might be petering out, with even a former poster child like the Ford Mustang taking a step in a more modern direction. Sometimes those updates of old-school models really worked well, though. Just take a look above at the Lincoln Continental concept from 2002 that took the extruded shape of the 1960s version and updated it for the new millennium.
Now there's a chance for this gorgeous concept to take a spot in your garage, as RM Auctions is selling it as part of a 130-plus-car, no-reserve auction of the Sam Pack Collection on November 14 and 15, in Dallas, TX. Among the lots for sale are a number of Fords, including several recent concepts from the brand. "My collecting philosophy is simple: buy what I like, but always with an emphasis on quality," Pack said in the auction announcement.
The Continental concept absolutely nails the mix of modern and retro. Its perfectly crisp lines make the shape appear hewn from a single piece of metal, and there's just the slightest ornamentation with the angled, chrome slats in the grille and chrome strips over the wheel arches. It even retains the suicide doors from its inspiration.
According to Autoweek, when the concept debuted at the 2002 LA Auto Show it was thought that Lincoln might actually build it. With a V12 making 414 horsepower and 412 pound-feet with a six-speed automatic, it might have been a great vehicle, too. But it never came to fruition, and the concept last sold at auction in 2010 for $56,100.
Any buyer of this Continental needs to love its shape because, like most prototypes, it can't be registered for the road. You're essentially getting a massive piece of automotive sculpture. Scroll down for the auction announcement.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Lonnie Shelton of Pampa, Texas has just become the proud new owner of a 1948 Lincoln Continental once owned by Babe Ruth himself. The hardtop coupe has the dark distinction being Ruth's last Lincoln. The legendary ballplayer was struck with cancer in 1947 and, after a brief period of remission, eventually succumbed to the disease. Before that, however, the Ford Motor Company honored Ruth for his efforts at promoting Little League Baseball by giving him this '48 Continental. Ruth spent many of his final days traveling behind the wheel of the Lincoln to various speaking engagements.
Shelton found the Continental in the Texas Museum of Automotive History, and while he typically favors muscle cars, the collector couldn't pass up the chance to own the significant piece of baseball's past. He won't disclose exactly how much he paid for the Babe's last ride, but you can get a closer look at the '48 Lincoln in the video below.Permalink | Email this | Comments