Sports & Classics of Monterey

12-14 August 2010


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Lot 126

2002 Lincoln Continental Concept Shell

Sold for $15,400

Exterior display model with no interior, engine or drive train. No steering capability, no brakes. Wheelbase: 136.6"

- Power-operated pillarless doors

- Innovative power luggage storage

- Cutting-edge lighting technology

This vehicle was intended as an illustrative example of the 2002 Continental concept for static display venues. Concept cars are intended principally to show off new designs, not to be fully-developed, production-ready models. While most designs are built as operable cars at some point in order to prove the feasibility of the physical design, incomplete mock-ups are common on the show circuit.

The reasons are self-evident. Customer reaction to a design can be accurately gauged from a static model, and such cars are much simpler and more economical to build. Since they are lighter, albeit not as maneuverable, they can be more convenient to transport. Sometimes called “pushmobiles” or “pushers,” they need only rotating wheels to be rolled into place.

Pushmobiles come in two forms: exterior-only display models and models with fully-developed interiors. This Continental mockup shell is an exterior display model with no interior, engine or drivetrain.

Conceived as a powerful but understated executive car, the Lincoln Continental concept was designed to maximize both interior space and ease of entry and exit. The car was to use indirect fiber optic lighting in the interior and a single light generator ducted by fiber to each of the four round headlamps. This requires less power than conventional halogen bulbs but produces two-and-a-half times the illumination. The instrument panel was to use Organic Light Emitting Diode technology. Innovative power luggage storage was designed for easy access and came with fitted Zero Halliburton luggage and golf club cases.

Projected mechanical specification included a 414-bhp, 6.0-liter DOHC V12 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, multi-link independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

Offered by the Ford Motor Company. Sale proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Children’s Center. More information is available here.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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