Luxury at its finest.
Only some 1,393 of these cars were made with the rag top and are extremely rare.
This was probably the sweetest ride you could by in 1949. Imagine the looks back in the day, to drive such a sporty and luxurious convertible and these prestigious Lincoln's were all of that and more. The convertible was the heaviest car Lincoln built, at over some 4400 lbs. The convertible was also the most expensive of the Ford family in 1949 at an astronomical cost of $3,948.00. She has all the goodies of her day too, a powerful flathead V8 that was pumping 152 bhp from 336 cid. She has a rare automatic transmission, power windows, power soft top and the latest in sound equipment for her day, a push button AM radio! Notice the full windshield, instead of two halves, this was a first for the car industry. This rare Lincoln will still run down the road at freeway speeds with no hesitation, she has no wobbles or creaks. This car is an all steel California car. She has been in a private collection in a controlled environment for many years.
Please keep in mind they only some 1,393 of these rare convertible beauties were built in the production years of 1949-51. Also the original, not a reproduced or replica, but the original 1949 Lincoln owners manual to the car will be included in the sale.
Although the 152 horsepower V-8 engine delivered only 8 miles per gallon, at the time, gasoline was selling for only 28 cents a gallon. With a dollar's worth of gas one could pick up their girl and take her to the movies! The Lincoln Cosmopolitan convertibles were manufactured in 1949-51 and very few survive. When new the 4,419-pound car had a base price of $3,948. As stated it was the epitome of luxury and was by far the most expensive Ford /Lincoln on the market, almost 20% more than the rival Cadillac and one of the most expensive cars on the road.
This particular example is painted 'Chantilly Green' and has a power tan top and tan interior.
The headlights and the taillights were recessed into the fenders and the front wheel wells are crowned with large chrome gravel deflectors. There is no record of how much gravel was ever deflected but the strip of chrome has great eye appeal!
In that post World War II era, Ford Motor Company was developing an automatic transmission for the big Lincoln but it wasn't quite ready. Consequently, the Ford-produced Lincoln has a General Motors-produced Hydramatic transmission with a shift pattern from the left of Neutral-Drive-Low-Reverse. There is no parking gear.
West Coast Classics is proud to present this absolutely exceptional example of this virtually all original and completely rust free 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible with it's original matching # 336cid/152HP V8 engine and will be sold complete with original owner's manual!
Finished in it's original 'Chantilly Green' color paint with tan interior and matching tan convertible soft top with matching tan tonneau cover.
The original factory options of the car included: power windows, power soft top, original push button AM radio, whitewall tires, fog lights, heater and electric clock. The floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas are completely solid and rust-free and the car has had no signs of any accidents - obviously an always garaged and cherished car since new from the looks of it!
The car looks extremely impressive in it's repainted 'Chantilly Green' color paint and the interior is in exceptional and mostly completely original condition with only very minor imperfections noticeable upon close inspection! All the chromework is also in very good condition and the original spare wheel with it's jack is in the trunk. The original matching # 336/152HP engine is extremely strong and powerful and this particular car drives magnificently - must be driven to be believed - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will give any modern day car a run for it's money!
This is a rare opportunity to own a great daily driving and never abused example of an obviously always garaged and rust free 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan convertible in very fine condition throughout! Although obviously not a concourse example, this remains a very rare and highly desirable and collectible unabused example of one of the most rare and outstanding designs of the late forties and early fifties, these high quality luxury cars were built to be able to complete long distances both quickly, powered by Ford's larger version of it's faithful flathead V8 and in the utmost of luxury!
This is one very desirable car for any classic American car enthusiast or collector to add to his collection a very honest and unabused example and a sure-fire investment that's sure to appreciate over the years for any classic American car collector! SOLD