At Pebble Beach this year, Lincoln was a featured marque. In my opinion, a celebration of the Lincoln brand is not complete without mention of the Continental. To further that point, featuring the Continental name in any way is not finished without mention of the famous Continental Mark II of 1956-1957. This particular car has a heck of a history to it. Barry Folk of Farmington, MI collects cars with the Continental nameplate and owns this Continental Mark II convertible. 3 convertibles were built out of examples which were damaged during delivery. Two of them were built by Hess and Eisenhart, and one other was built by Durham. This particular car is one of the two Hess and Eisenhardt cars. It won 3rd in class at the Concours (and I’ll be honest, I wanted it to win first place, it was a stunning example), and participate in the Tour d’Elegance as well, where I first discovered it while Nick was busy photographing the Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder. Enjoy the photos of this unique Continental Mark II. Continue reading 1956 Continental Mark II Convertible by Hess and Eisenhardt, owned by Barry Wolk, at Pebble Beach.
This year, Lincoln was a featured marque at Pebble Beach. Back in 1950, the US Secret Service took delivery of a brand-new presidential limousine, this 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan. This year, that very automobile was featured at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. I think it’s fantastic to see these overlooked early 1950s Lincolns in general, but to see this one is a treat. It’s a living piece of American history. In fact, it was used until shortly after Kennedy was sworn in, making this one of the few Presidential cars to be used by three presidents (in this case, Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy). And here, on the lawn of the 18th hole, it looked truly majestic. Amazingly, the car was not armored and the glass for the bubble roof (added during the Eisenhower administration) is Plexiglas. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading The 1950 Lincoln Presidential Limousine at the Pebble Beach Concours
We have just had a mighty few days in the midst of the automotive Valhalla that is Monterey Car week, but the capstone event is surely the most grand of all, and that is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
This is an event where champions compete against champions. At any other event, every participant in the Pebble Beach Concours would likely win best of show. The field of automobiles is just plain unbelievable — the second you think you’ve seen everything, something incredible catches your eye. This is a place where a Lamborghini Miura may go overlooked, a place where everywhere you look, there is something astonishing to take in. This is la creme de la creme de la creme of automobiles.
Pebble Beach was once again kind enough to grant us media passes for this event, for which we are extremely grateful. I definitely feel like we put it all to good use this year, capturing tons of material to be used over the coming months. This is a highlight gallery of the event that aims to wet your appetite for what’s to come. Enjoy the photo gallery, and check back for much more from the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Lincoln Motor Company has been in rather sorry shape as of late. The 2008 economy crash hit them hard, but even before then their products were struggling to compete in the luxury market. I myself have criticized them, even going as far as to say that Ford should kill them off, completely restructure their lineup, and then bring them back as a new, reborn Lincoln. When I think Lincoln, I still think of the 1960s Continental, and we are quite far from the days now.
In recent decades, Lincolns have just been rebadged Fords with leather seats. During the majority of this period, Ford’s products were, quite frankly, pretty bad. The foundation for Lincoln’s products was a major weak point, and slow sales have reflected it. However, there is a bit of bright light now, with Ford’s new “One Ford” policy. America will finally get the great european Ford models that we have been so deprived of over the years.
In 2012 the new Ford Fusion came out, and this time it was simply an American version of the highly acclaimed Ford Mondeo from Europe. It is this well-proven platform on which this new 2013 Lincoln MKZ is based. It seems we now have a Lincoln model with some solid foundations, so the question now is, does it compete?