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What’s the difference between a 1948 Lincoln club coupe and a continental coupe?


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1 hour ago, deaddds said:

What’s the difference between a 48 club coupe and a continental coupe? Trim package? Thanks

Two completely different bodies, compare photos of each, the difference will be readily apparent.

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Actually the non continental Lincolns are way rarer than the Continental.  My ex father-in-law had a non continental convertible.  The bodies are entirely different.  Even the hood is maybe 6 inches taller but looks exactly like the Continental hood.

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The 1940-'42 Lincoln-Zephyr and 1946-'48 Lincoln were production semi- unit-bodies which only share basic styling themes, chassis and some substructures with the Continentals.  The 1940 Continental bodies were built from modified Zephyr panels with considerable panel-beating and leadwork in the Lincoln body plant.  The end of Lincoln K Twelve production after 1939 left a staff of skilled body-makers without work, except that Edsel Ford saw the opportunity to keep them employed building Continental bodies.  

 

With the popularity and demand for the Continentals, low-volume body dies and tools were developed for the 1941 model year using fewer modified Zephyr panels except were such could still be cost-affectively employed.  There still was a higher hand labor content than the Zephyrs, hence the higher prices in addition to commanding those being a stylish line leader.    For 1946-'48, Lincoln returned without the 'Zephyr' name, the Continentals as 1942, both with the updated grilles and details.   By this time, Edsel Ford was deceased so the Continental's champion was gone, the automotive landscape changing rapidly from the pre-war years.   Among those changes, the semi-hand-built custom-bodied American car was soon to be a thing of the past.  

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I don't dislike the Continental but IMHO, the Club is better looking.  The fastback-y rear is sleeker than the bustle and spare.

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The entire engine is a weak spot, that’s why they were installing Cadillac V-8‘s in the early 50s. Under powered and expensive to build. 

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Never owned one but heard they were prone to sludging up, wearing out and expensive to rebuild. Originally 292 cu in, later bored out to 306 but proved troublesome so they went back to the 292. They also offered an early automatic trans called "Liquimatic" that was such a dog, they were all recalled and changed to manual trans.

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Just asking but what’s expensive ballpark on a rebuild? Are ones being rebuilt say in the last 20 years being done with better materials or such to correct engineering issues to make them more bulletproof?

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40 minutes ago, deaddds said:

Just asking but what’s expensive ballpark on a rebuild? Are ones being rebuilt say in the last 20 years being done with better materials or such to correct engineering issues to make them more bulletproof?

Your best source for H-Series V-12 knowledge would be the members of Lincoln and Continental Owners Club (LCOC) and the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club (LZOC).  There are forums for each here:

Lincoln & Zephyr - Antique Automobile Club of America - Discussion Forums (aaca.org)

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Virtually all the chrome is the same.  The primary difference is in the body components.  Nothing exotic about these engines.  If you have the tools and can rebuild a Ford flathead you can rebuild a Lincoln engine.  We have done several  Parts are readily available. We bought a '48 Continental Conv in the flea market at Hershey in 1970 and drove it 45 miles home.  Payed $1495 for it.

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