The first 3 pictures below are pictures from probably about 15 years ago when it was in gorgeous cosmetic shape and actually winning carshows.
And when I say winning car shows, I am very serious. Directly below is a picture of the car winning a car show probably back in the 1970's. I'm not sure exactly when, I am just judging the year based on the hairstyles of the models.
This car shares the same profile as the famous and incredibly desired 1949-1951 Mercury (Mercs) but make no mistake about it, this is not a Mercury. In many respects, it's even nicer than the Mercury with certain features that Lincoln offered as it was a higher level car. Take for example the Factory Frenched Headlights.
There is a belief that this car is one of the original Stardust Hotel cars but I personally have not verified it and at this point it should just be considered just an interesting possibility.
The pictures below are the result of having been outside covered for the last 10 years or so. The paint has scratches and the frenched mouldings have cracks where the bodywork was molded over the original mouldings to give it that incredible flowing look that it has. Actually, this can be repaired fairly easily by a good bodyperson without having to repaint the entire car. Surprisingly the car still looks good...it's just more of a "20 footer" at this point.
See the picture directly below with the hood open? I wiped the front shroud on the rightside of the picture and it's light tan. The darker color you see to the left is an accumulation of unwiped dust.
The car is far from stock. It has a power rack and pinion steering system (Mustang 2) with disc brakes.
It has a nice Chevy 350 with an automatic TH350 transmission. It also has power brakes and vintage AC/Heat.
And check out those amazing gauges on the car's firewall. This was something that was done in earlier hotrods as a convenience for the engine tuner so the tuner could keep an eye on engine temperature, etc without having to keep running back to the inside of the car. A neat touch and unusual to say the least by current car standards.
The car was totally filthy when these pictures were taken. The car was stored outside in my driveway (covered) but there was no way to keep it clean under those condition. You can clearly see much of the accumulated dust/dirt in most of the pictures including in the interior too.
And so the first thing I had to do was get it running again. The tank was in surprisingly good condition as I was smart enough to drain it prior to covering the car. Back in those days, many of the tanks had drain plugs to make this task easier and this was one of them. Of for those good old days again. So getting it running again was surprisingly easy.
I started it with "green" gas as I call it which is the mixture you would use for a 2 stroke weed eater or the like. This for the uninitiated is a mixture of 2 stroke oil and gas. I did this so I wouldn't score the cylinders, etc as it hadn't been started in so long. Of course I check all fluid levels prior to starting and they were fine and clean.
The laker pipes are dummies, meaning they are there just for looks and are not attached to the engine. They actually pull out of the body fairly easily and probably could use replacement due to some small dents and the chrome not being perfect. These are readily available at places such as JC Whitney and the like as are the dummy spotlights which are not actually wired but just there for looks. The driver spotlight fell off. I actually have it and maybe it's repairable but again, perhaps the best thing to do for optimum looks is to replace the pair. Below is a current picture with the driver spotlight missing.
Also, the tires are brand new as well as the battery..replaced 12/20/13.
I didn't go back with the wide whitewall tires.
I didn't reinstall the front wheel covers for the pictures which of course I still have and will reinstall shortly.
The picture below is the car in it's current condition. This picture was taken 12/20/2013
Here is a closeup picture of the cracks around the covered moulding so you can see what is happening. These cracks are apparant on both sides of the car. Again, a relatively easy repair for a decent bodyman.
The car runs and drives surprisingly well. It steers and brakes easily despite its seemingly large size but it truly isn't that big.
In case you were wondering, the doors are opened by electric "poppers" with the buttons being situated inside the front bumper. The popper for the driver door is on the leftside of the bumper and the passenger door on the right. You can not see the switches just by looking at the front of the car. You would need to know the location to figure out how to open the doors. You push the button and the door unlocks and you then just pull the door open. And there is a trunk popper inside the car to access the trunk which is also where your gas filler is located.
The trunk opener is the black button directly above the the temperature gauge.
Oh, and many of the beautiful original tan switches you see are still functional. The wipers and the headlights are actuated with the original switches...cool stuff.
The wipers are the original vacuum motor driven type and they actually still work. But I would suggest that the vacuum motor be replaced by an electric motor which is an easy transformation and these electric motors are available at many hotrod and car specialty stores both brick and mortar and online. They have a direct replacement for this motor which is basically a ford vacuum wiper motor.
The original odometer is showing about 88,000 miles and I have every reason to believe it's original. The original speedomer is still functioning.
The interior is dirty. It's actually a relatively bright white but in many of these pictures there is a tan tint due to the dust on it. Yup, it's going to take some cleaning for sure.
These pictures below are the car in it's current condition, also taken 12/20/2013
Now here is an interesting true story. About 10 years ago, I traded one of these cars except in stock form to a famous Streetrod/Hotrod Builder in the Phoenix area for a 1957 Lincoln MKII. The 1957 was totally redone...pristine and a very rare car in its own right. My 1949 was in stock form, sorta rough but the body was straight. I also gave him $5000 in the trade and we met up in Lordsberg, NM to complete the transaction.
I stayed in contact with the man for quite some time and here's where the story gets even more interesting. I sold the 1957 and did pretty well in my opinion. The hotrod builder did a redo on the car similar to the style of this 1949 being sold on this auction. He ended up selling the car for $149,000.....yup folks...you read that right....$149,000.
I have no complaints about it. He had the workers, he bought all his stuff at cost, he had the facility and the skill level. It would have cost me a whole bunch more to convert the car to what you see here.
What I am trying to say is that this is a diamond in the rough. For those of you who know what this car is, You know this car is cheap at the price.
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Well, the Lincoln that has been with me for 20 years has found a new home and a good home at that. The new owner loves the car and will give it the time and respect that this car deserves and will bring it back to its former glory. I'm happy for both the car and the new owner