A rare 1941 Lincoln Continental Coup that once belonged to Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth is going up for auction this weekend.
Hayworth was the biggest star in Hollywood before WWII, starring in movies like Gilda and The Lady from Shanghai, directed by Orson Welles. He bought the new car for her in 1941 (the same year he released his masterpiece, Citizen Kane) on her 24th birthday and had it delivered to a movie set in Georgia. They were married soon after.
The Lincoln Continental cost $2,800 at the time, over three times the cost of a typical family car. The average household income was $1,750 a year. Gas was 12 cents a gallon.
Her marriage to Welles ended in 1947, Hayworth ended up keeping the for 30 years.
She later gave the car to her longtime secretary Frita Wolfe, and from there the Lincoln passed through several private owners, including entrepreneur Art Astor’s collection, where it was restored.
Starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright owned two Lincolns and called the ’40 Continental,
the most beautiful car ever designed.”