Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY SEVENTEEN: 1947 Lincoln convertible
Chuck Gilpatrick’s 1947 Lincoln is a lovely pale green with a tan interior and matching tan top. It was one of just 384 base Lincoln convertibles made for the 1947 model year, and according to the homework Gilpatrick did on the cars, “there are only 10 known to exist.”
The previous owner had bought the car in Columbus, Ohio, in the early 1990s and had it restored a few years later. The car was originally sold new at a dealership in Detroit, but Gilpatrick hasn’t been able to learn much else about the Lincoln’s history.
“I don’t know if the previous owner had gone to many Lincoln meets or anything,” Gilpatrick said. “I had never seen the car before. In fact, I had never seen a convertible before. I knew they existed and I’d seen a lot of Continentals, but not a convertible like this one.”
The base Lincolns were still largely overshadowed by their luxurious Continental siblings. The two Lincoln lines shared some basic styling features and the cars looked similar from the front, but the Continental was pure luxury and performance, where the base Lincoln was more of an “everyman’s car.”
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