1949 Convertible Coupe
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Assembly||Long Beach Assembly, Long Beach, California, USA
Dearborn, Michigan, USA
St.Louis, Missouri, USA
|Designer||Eugene T. "Bob" Gregorie|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size luxury car|
|Engine||336.7 cu in (5.5 L) Flathead V8|
4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic
|Wheelbase||121 in (3,073 mm)|
|Length||1949: 213.0 in (5,410 mm)
1950: 213.8 in (5,431 mm)
1951: 214.8 in (5,456 mm)
|Width||76.7 in (1,948 mm)|
|Height||63.6 in (1,615 mm)|
|Curb weight||4,200–4,400 lb (1,900–2,000 kg)|
The first all-new postwar Lincolns were introduced on April 22, 1948. They had a more streamlined appearance than the 1948 models. However the new two-piece windshield seemed a bit out of sync with the modern styling. At a distance it was hard to tell a Lincoln apart from a Mercury. Recessed headlights and a shinier front end set it apart. The 337 cubic inch Lincoln flathead V8 produced 152 hp (113 kW) at 3600 rpm.
In 1950 a new horizontal grille with elements enhanced the appearance of the standard Lincoln. Its name was in the same location on the front fender as last year, but it was larger. The doorhandles were improved as was the previously confusing interior layout. The convertible was dropped from the lineup as Mercury's near-identical convertible had outsold it by a wide margin in 1949. On 5 July 1950 the Lincoln Lido was introduced as somewhat of Lincoln's answer to the GM hardtops that had debuted in 1949. List price for the 1950 model was $2721. It was similar to the Mercury Monterey and the up market Lincoln Cosmopolitan Capri, all were two door coupes. Both years of the Lido featured a vinyl or canvas-covered roof, fender skirts, bright roof drip rails and rocker panel moldings, dual door mirrors, a gold-colored hood ornament from the Cosmopolitan and a custom leather interior with special door and side panels. An electric clock was standard. Few were sold, as customers preferred General Motors' hardtop offerings. The Lido name, however, reappeared on a 1963 show car called the Lincoln Continental Lido.
Late in the 1950 model year the engine was upgraded to address vibration and oil consumption concerns. Three rather than four piston rings were fitted, and the engine balancing was improved. As a result the horsepower rating increased marginally and the car ran smoother. The cooling system was also improved and durability was increased thanks to the use of more alloy.
The front end of the 1951 Lincoln looked like a 1950 model that had gotten into a fight, and lost. The grille bar only extended from the center section to the bumper guards, while a forward slanting vertical piece was added to the front fender side chrome. The word Lincoln was written behind it. The 1951 Mercury's "fishtail" rear design was also adopted, to the detriment of rearward visibility. The glamorous Lido coupe returned with a canvas or vinyl roof, fender skirts, rocker panel molding and custom interior.
- Kowalke, Ron (1997). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946–1975. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-521-3.
- Flory, Jr., J. "Kelly" (2008). American Cars, 1946-1959 Every Model Every Year. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7864-3229-5.
- "Directory Index: Lincoln/1951_Lincoln/1951_Lincoln_Foldout". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- Howley, Tim (July/August 1992). "1950 Lincoln: More than a Mercury?". Special Interest Autos (Hemmings Motor News) (130): 59. Check date values in:
- Howley, p. 60
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