Some automobiles are famous for what they are, while others for what they have done. But the pair of classic 1941 Lincolns offered at the Bonhams upcoming Scottsdale Auction on 17th January is notably famous for both, being the limited production automobile of rare distinction and featured in one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga ‘The Godfather’ which is the touchstone of cinema. For the likes of collectors and die-hard fans of Francis Ford Coppola’s epic crime film, crossing the auction block without reserve will be a pair of iconic luxury cars from Hollywood blockbuster The Godfather, including the 1941 Lincoln Custom Limousine chosen by iconic film director Ford Coppola as the ride of choice for the enemies of Corleone family, and the 1941 Lincoln Continental Coupe which was driven by Sunny Corleone (character played by James Caan). Notably, these historic automobiles with movie-star status have been consigned to sale from the estate of noted classic car collector Eugene Beardslee.
1941 Lincoln Custom Limousine Chassis no. H124660
Known to be one of only 295 custom limousine built, this particular vehicle was featured prominently both in the background of the wedding scene and perhaps most importantly, as the car in which one of the opposing dons drives up to the Christmas tree selling operation to declare that Don Vito Corleone ‘Marlon Brando’ has survived the attempted assassination.
After filming, this beautifully preserved vehicle with 292ci L-head V12 engine was acquired by the present owner’s father and since then it has been maintained in climate controlled conditions.
1941 Lincoln Continental Coupé Chassis no. 16H57278 Engine no. H114613
Featured in the most famous toolbooth scene in The Godfather, this particular vehicle was the appropriate choice for the hot-headed son and heir of Don Vito, Sunny Corleone. Repainted black, this is the car in which the impetuous Sonny peels out of the Corleone compound on his way to New York City.
This vehicle is accompanied by an extensive binder of articles, clips and photos on the film and the Continental Coupé's participation.