The Continental was originally designed as a special custom model just for Edsel Ford, Henry's son and president of Ford Motor Co. Edsel was also the man who had spearheaded Ford's 1922 acquisition of the Lincoln Motor Co. Edsel's friends were so enthusiastic for the car that he chose to put it into regular production.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright called it "the most beauful car in the world." In 1951, it was chosen by New York City's Museum of Modern Art as one of eight cars to be exhibited for "excellence as works of art."
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