A 1941 Lincoln Continental coupe owned by Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth is headed to public sale by way of a Worldwide Auctioneers sale scheduled for April 23.
Hayworth was certainly one of Hollywood’s largest stars within the prewar interval, showing in films like “The Woman from Shanghai” and “My Gal Sal.” The Continental was a twenty fourth birthday present from Orson Welles, who delivered the automobile to Hayworth on a film set in Georgia, in accordance with the public sale itemizing. The 2 had been married quickly after.
The Continental will need to have made for a formidable present. Launched in 1940 as the primary Lincoln to bear that identify, it was described by architect Frank Lloyd Wright as “probably the most stunning automobile on this planet.” It was a pet undertaking of Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, who sought to deliver some European affect to American luxurious automobiles.
1941 Lincoln Continental owned by Rita Hayworth (picture by way of Worldwide Auctioneers)
This 1941 mannequin is powered by a 292-cubic-inch flathead V-12 making 120 hp, which drives the rear wheels via a 3-speed handbook transmission. It has a stable entrance axle, floating rear axle, transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs entrance and rear, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Not probably the most refined setup, however keep in mind that is 1941 we’re speaking about.
Hayworth saved the Continental for about 30 years, though she donated the unique bumpers to a World Battle II scrap drive. The actress finally gifted the automobile to her secretary Frita Wolfe, who later offered it to Aspen Pittman for $2,000. The automobile was then offered to the Artwork Astor Assortment, which handled it to a full restoration.
The unique Continental spawned a number of generations, the final of which bowed out after 2020. With Lincoln now centered on SUVs, it is unlikely that the Continental nameplate will return anytime quickly.