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This set of photos was taken in the Ford Styling Department that was directed at the time by Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie. They are obviously design studies for future Lincoln Continental or Zephyr models. The photo above is dated July 17, 1939, and the lower photo is dated November 27, 1939. The sedan below was a scale model and another similar photo exists of this very same design, but with the drivers compartment featuring an open top, as was used in earlier Town Car designs.
As many of our readers know much more about the designs of this period than your Editor who knows early cars, I have decided for a change of pace to let our readers tell us the story. What exactly was the design studio showing us here, and did any of the detail design elements on either study, such as seen with the spare tire concept above ever see the light of day? Photos courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum.
The Lincoln fitted with custom coachwork was one of the featured marques at the recent 2013 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. We are fortunate to be able present to you a mix of superb KB and K models featuring skillfully crafted V-12 engines and the earlier K and L Models, which were fitted with a fine V-8 designed by Henry Leland who started building the Lincoln in 1920. The photos are courtesy of Richard Michael Owen of Supercars.net, a site that covers many automotive events around the world and features exceptional photography.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, who, with the help of Lincoln and Lincoln enthusiasts put the impressive display together, had the following to say about the Marque and the gathering: “Ford purchased Lincoln in 1922. Edsel Ford took a marque well known for mechanical excellence and defined it with superior styling and elegant custom coachwork. Long one of America’s elite luxury cars, Lincoln served as the official conveyance for presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. The show field will focus on one-off custom-bodied Lincolns”.
“Lincoln will be featured at the 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. There will be four full classes of Lincolns with custom coachwork, and each of these Lincolns is rare and unique. The cars will range from truly representative Lincolns such as the extremely elegant and ultra-conservative 1930 Lincoln Model L Judkins Coupe, to the very bold 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe, a bright orange one-off concept car”.
- L to R: 1932 Lincoln KB Murphy Roadster, John and Heather Mozart - 1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Convertible Sedan, Jack Passey.
- L to R: The 1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Convertible Sedan V-12 – 1932 Lincoln KB Judkins Coupe, H. Gene Nau.
- L to R: 1937 Lincoln K Willoughby 7-Passenger Touring – 1935 Lincoln K LeBaron Convertible Coupe – 1938 Lincoln K Judkins Touring Coupe, The Nethercutt Collection.
- L to R: 1931 Lincoln K Murphy Sport Phaeton, Steve Babinski - 1930 Lincoln L Judkins Coupe 1st in Class, David W. Schultz, CCCA President.
- L to R: 1930 Lincoln L Judkins Coupe – 1929 Lincoln L-163B Locke Sport Phaeton, Robert W. & Diane S. Berry.
- L to R: 1929 Lincoln L LeBaron Aero Phaeton, Stan Lucas – 1927 Lincoln L Judkins Coaching Brougham, the National Automobile Museum.
- L to R: 1927 Lincoln L Judkins Coaching Brougham, The National Auto Museum - 1925 Lincoln L Brunn Roadster, Arnold Schmidt & Joanne Young.
There’s a lot to see for fans of cars from the ’30′s, ’40′s and early ’50′s in these shots. Above, it’s the corner of 14th and Market Streets and we’re struck not only by the apparently immaculate fourteen-year-old Lincoln Zephyr four door in the foreground and the wonderfully ornate lamp post on the right, but by the nearly new GMC 5100 series bus crossing the intersection. These 51 passenger coaches were the largest and last of the so-called “Old Look” designs and were built between 1950 and 1959.
Below is a view looking south on a very busy Vandeventer Avenue from Clayton Avenue. We’re told that the overpass down the street was called the Express Highway and that Laclede Cab still operates at the same location today. Interstate 64 now runs through this part of town. You’ll find many more Missouri and Route 66 related photos from the great Joe Sonderman Collection previously posted on here The Old Motor. Take a moment to check out Joe’s new book on Route 66 in Texas.
In what has become a tradition at this prestigious event, the organizers have chosen an extraordinarily diverse variety of marques to feature this year. Lincolns will share the beautiful grounds with fine examples of Simplex, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche 911, BMW 507 automobiles. French-built motorcycles and cars with bodies by the Dutch coach builder, Vanvooren will contribute further interest to the mix.
We would be hard pressed to think of a model that could represent Ford’s luxury brand more elegantly on the show field than the Continental Mark II. The beautifully restored example seen in our feature photo today (above) is a very special example of the type. Originally ordered by Henry Ford II for his wife, Anne, who drove the car for about two years before selling it to her personal assistant for use as a daily driver, two custom features distinguish it from any other Mark II : a black Haartz cloth top, installed at the factory and the deletion of the iconic free standing hood ornament.
Photos (above) courtesy of Rick Schmidt/Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
The car currently belongs to noted collector Rick Schmidt, whose father Jim discovered it in poor condition in classified ad a number of years ago. It’s acquisition and restoration by the Schmidts complete a truly unique trio of cars in their stable. It joins a 1956 metallic mint green MK II that first belonged to Benson Ford, and a 1956 sapphire blue metallic MK II that had belonged to William Clay Ford, Sr., both brothers of Henry Ford II. A large number of pre- and postwar custom-bodied Lincolns will accompany them on show field this year.
It also stars on this year’s commemorative Pebble Beach Concours poster along with the 1939 Lincoln Zephyr created for Edsel Bryant Ford. It was printed from an original painting created by Ken Eberts, founder and president of the Automotive Fine Arts Society (seen below at his drawing table).
Portraying the Continental on canvas has been a wonderful trip through time, says Eberts. “In 1955, at 12 years of age, when the 1956 Continental MK II debuted, I was excited. In 1965, as a designer in the Lincoln Studio, I was inspired by the MK II, and today, in creating the poster art for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, I am proud to be portraying this car’s classically simple, subtly sculptured, impeccable design. With just the right amount of jewelry in the form of chrome, it was a statement of exquisite taste and elegance.” Eberts’ final poster artwork will be featured at the show in the Automotive Fine Arts Society exhibit, sponsored by the Lincoln Motor Company.
Above, preliminary sketches for the 2013 Concours poster flank Ken and his personal 1956 Continental. Photos courtesy of Ken Eberts/Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Information on all of the events of Pebble Beach Automotive Week and tickets for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are available at here. You can read more about the Continentals, and the people who love them here.