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CHAMPION SPARK PLUG LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

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UPDATE PLEASE RESCUE THIS OLD GIRL.. NEEDS GOOD HOME, BEST OF BREEDING..A LITTLE DOWN BUT NOT OUT!!!

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The story of this famous family from Toledo is well known, We have Stranahan School, Stranahan Theatre, Stranahan Boy Scout Reservation ( Camp Miakonda) and apparently a garage full of lincolns..Rumor has it he had 3. It is well known that his son Frank, the athlete and pro golfer had a light colored Cabriolet.....Their manor house is the highlight of a metropark made out of his estate...beautiful with horse stable and babbling brook made to order...

so here is his car...special ordered right after the war..first of a handfull made and delivered to celeb's or powerfull folks...

SOMEBODY SAVE THIS OLD GAL!!

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Thanks Jeff - yes Frank his son was the famous amateur golfer who came in second in the 1947 Masters Golf Tournament. His son lived in the "Manor House" as it is now called and had access to the two Lincoln Continentals, amongst other cars, the black 46 Cabriolet and a Pace Car Yellow 48 Cabriolet - I am unsure about an earlier Lincoln model but I wouldnt be surprised. My car is not that early, but I imagine it was easier for him to get a 46 car than most folks owing to his connections. Interesting part of the story is in 1961 when Champion lost the Ford account due to Ford buying Autolite and making their own plugs. The Stranahans were furious, even though the Ford account was not that profitable, and proceeded to sell every Ford car they owned!

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The photo I posted last of Frank Stranahan shaking hands was not labeled, but the closer I looked at it, I noticed it was Clark Gable - all the better as Gable loved cars, famous for his Duesenberg and Lincoln V-12 ownership. Golf photo was taken at the 1958 Los Angeles Open which Stranahan won. Gable and Lombard supposedly owned a 39 Flagship, but the only photos I have seen of them was with a 39 Zephyr three window. Edward Weston took a spendid photo in 1940 of Gable operating the 39 coupe - it was later made into a large poster. Gable also owned a 1946 Cabriolet!

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