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For more than a decade the two men, both members of the national Lincoln Zephyr Owners Club, had admired the other’s car. Finally, earlier this year, they decided that each would be happier with the other’s Lincoln.
Mr. McWade wanted a car with modern amenities, including air conditioning, power steering and power brakes while Mr. Sweet was looking for a pre-World War II car. Because the 1948 Lincoln was simply a rehash of the 1942 Lincoln, it filled the bill.
What happened that day was on of those rare occurrences where both parties in the transaction went away happy.
Mr. Sweet was left with an 18-foot, 2-inch-long luxury car that could be turned around within a 45-foot circle. ‘It doesn’t have the tightest turning radius,’ he acknowledges. Somehow it lost some of its nimbleness in the past 57 years.
‘When it was new,’ Mr. Sweet says, ‘It was a humdinger of a car.’
In the intervening decades the regular Lincolns have been sacrificed to restore the Continentals, which, ironically, makes the surviving Lincolns creatures of rarity.
The pace-car-yellow Lincoln, with a dashboard the same color as the exterior, has a maroon leather and carpeted interior. Even the two sun visors over the one-piece windshield are covered in maroon leather.
The center of the dashboard is awash in chrome that emulates the design of the two-piece grille. ‘I can see the 1940s style of the jukebox in the face of the radio,’ he comments.
About the only accessories on the Lincoln in 1948 were the AM radio, a heater and a spotlight.
The desirable Borg-Warner overdrive unit was an optional extra that nearly every buyer ordered.
Because the regular Lincoln had a sloping trunk lid in place of the vertical stand-up spare tire on the Continental, the midpoint of the trunk lid had a third brake light beneath the tag light that illuminated the license plate.
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