1948 Hot-Rod Lincoln hits $11,550 at Four Seasons sale A midnight blue, partially restored 1948 Lincoln Continental hot-rod car roared off for $11,550 at a summertime multi-estate sale held July 29 by Four Seasons Auction Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.
News-Antique.com - Aug 14,2007 - 1948 HOT-ROD LINCOLN, MIDNIGHT BLUE, ROARS OFF FOR $11,550
AT MULTI-ESTATE SALE HELD JULY 29 BY FOUR SEASONS, ATLANTA
(Atlanta, Ga.) - A midnight blue, partially restored 1948 Lincoln Continental hot-rod car – retrofitted with a 350 Chevrolet small-block engine and matching transmission, a 1953 Chrysler New Yorker frame, and a Ford 150 differential – roared away for $11,550 at a multi-estate sale held July 29 by Four Seasons Auction Gallery. The car had less than 3,000 miles on the engine and transmission.
“Vintage automobiles just seem to find their way to me, and this one certainly was a one-of-a-kind,” said Steve White of Four Seasons Auction Gallery. “The interior was a midnight blue velvet, to match the paint, and it had a new air conditioning unit just installed that really blew out cold air. All the chrome had been redone, too. It's going to be a fun drive for the buyer who took it home.”
The car was the top lot in what Four Seasons billed as its Annual Mid-Summer Spectacular Auction, held at the firm's spacious gallery in the fashionable Buckhead section of Atlanta. By the end of the day, close to 800 lots had changed hands, most of them selling to the estimated 250 people who had gathered there. “For a summertime sale, that's a great turnout, and a positive sign,” Mr. White said.
Additional highlights from the sale follow. Prices quoted include a 10% buyer's premium.
Fine period furniture did well, as it does at all Four Seasons sales. Leading the pack was a William IV English secretary-bookcase (90” tall, circa 1840), fitted with a drop front and individual mullioned doors. It crossed the block at $4,125. Another crowd-pleaser was a William IV linen press (87” tall, circa 1830), flame grain mahogany with fitted drawer interior and scroll crest. It made $1,760.
From the art category, a beautifully framed oil-on-canvas shipyard scene of dockworkers loading boats, signed lower left by J. Bale and executed around 1860, achieved $3,850; a huge oil-on-canvas depiction of a ship in distress, signed lower left by Will Williams and done in the early 1800s, went for $2,750; and an oil-on-board scene of an alluring maiden picking flowers (circa 1890) hit $715.
Everybody would love to own a Rolex watch, and the 1989 diamond bezel Rolex Datejust that gaveled for $3,520 was a real beauty. Stainless, with a gold band and blue dial, it came with neither box nor papers, but that didn't deter bidders who seemed eager to slide it on their wrist. Also, a stunning antique Limoges vase, hand-painted with gilt relief decorations (circa 1890), sold for $990.
A turn-of-the-century Italian mantle clock with bronze mounted case and intricate fretwork designs (17” tall, with numbers 1925 and 56 stamped into the works) commanded $1,760; an antique Art Nouveau lamp, with a beautiful nymph surrounded by flowers hand-painted on heavy cast metal (circa 1910-1920), brought $965; and an antique French screen with gilt gesso over carvings hit $770.