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2002 Lincoln Continental concept should've made production, headed for auction instead

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:30:00 EST

It seems like the retro design aesthetic in autos might be petering out, with even a former poster child like the Ford Mustang taking a step in a more modern direction. Sometimes those updates of old-school models really worked well, though. Just take a look above at the Lincoln Continental concept from 2002 that took the extruded shape of the 1960s version and updated it for the new millennium.

Now there's a chance for this gorgeous concept to take a spot in your garage, as RM Auctions is selling it as part of a 130-plus-car, no-reserve auction of the Sam Pack Collection on November 14 and 15, in Dallas, TX. Among the lots for sale are a number of Fords, including several recent concepts from the brand. "My collecting philosophy is simple: buy what I like, but always with an emphasis on quality," Pack said in the auction announcement.

The Continental concept absolutely nails the mix of modern and retro. Its perfectly crisp lines make the shape appear hewn from a single piece of metal, and there's just the slightest ornamentation with the angled, chrome slats in the grille and chrome strips over the wheel arches. It even retains the suicide doors from its inspiration.

According to Autoweek, when the concept debuted at the 2002 LA Auto Show it was thought that Lincoln might actually build it. With a V12 making 414 horsepower and 412 pound-feet with a six-speed automatic, it might have been a great vehicle, too. But it never came to fruition, and the concept last sold at auction in 2010 for $56,100.

Any buyer of this Continental needs to love its shape because, like most prototypes, it can't be registered for the road. You're essentially getting a massive piece of automotive sculpture. Scroll down for the auction announcement.


Reaffirming their reputation as the specialist for private and estate collection sales, RM Auctions, in association with Auctions America, presents the Sam Pack Collection, November 14-15 in Dallas, Texas

The American-themed collection is highlighted by incredible quality and diversity

Single-vendor sale to lift gavel on in excess of 130 vehicles 'without reserve'

Further information and a full list of entries to be posted online at

BLENHEIM, Ontario (August 11, 2014) – Respected car collector and celebrated Texas businessman, Sam Pack, will share a lifelong passion for great automobiles with the collector world, November 14-15, as RM Auctions, in association with Auctions America, lifts the gavel on more than 130 of his prized motor cars during a single-vendor sale in Dallas, Texas.

Well-known and highly respected in the automotive industry, Sam Pack's museum collection represents more than a dozen years of dedicated acquisition. It also reflects Pack's lifelong love affair with the automobile, a passion he shares with his family.

"I've had a love affair with cars since I was a teenager, it's in my DNA," says Pack. "Fortunately, for me, it's continued through my professional and business career. It's a passion shared and supported by my family - they get as much joy out of the cars as I do."

With an exceptional eye for quality, Pack built his collection by handpicking a diverse assortment of automotive rarities in a range of different categories. Though the collection is highlighted by an wonderful series of Fords – a nod to Pack's long association with the marque, first working for Ford Motor Company, and later, as a current owner / operator of one of the marque's most successful dealer networks – it is not restricted to one singular automotive brand. Rather, it is marked by incredible variety and features some of the finest, rarest and most desirable American automobiles ever produced. From a terrific series of icons from the fifties and sixties, through to a remarkable collection of Detroit muscle, and an assortment of concepts, street rods, customs and modern collectibles, almost every decade and genre of automotive production is represented, with all vehicles professionally maintained.

"My collecting philosophy is simple: buy what I like, but always with an emphasis on quality," Pack adds.

This November, Pack will bid farewell to more than 130 of his automotive treasures as he 'downsizes' his immense collection at auction, reducing the group to a more manageable level and allowing him to remain active in the hobby. All lots will be offered 'without reserve', selling to the highest bidder. Among highlights from the various different categories slated for the auction podium are a 1957 Ford Thunderbird 'F-Code' Convertible, a 1963 Shelby 260 Cobra, and a 2006 Ford GT to name but a few.

"I've had the pleasure of knowing Sam Pack for a number of years. He is an absolute gentleman, a great family man, and a highly successful and respected businessman, as reflected in his many awards and achievements. At the core, he is a true car guy and a pure enthusiast, fully immersed in the hobby and driven by all things automotive," says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions. "The quality of Sam's collection is outstanding, and reflects his astute collecting philosophy – he only bought the best, many times seeking out specific cars from some of America's other leading collections. We are honored to have been entrusted by Sam to present a selection of vehicles from his collection this November. He joins an impressive list of other prominent collectors we've had the privilege of representing over the years."

The Sam Pack Collection auction follows a string of highly successful private collection sales hosted by RM Auctions in recent years, and will cap off another record year for the world's largest collector car auction house.

Full sale information and a complete list of entries for the Sam Pack Collection will be available online at later this summer.

By Chris Bruce

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