The Stars Align

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Sometimes separate events coincide in such a way that you can’t help but throw the term “destiny” around. For Tom Wright, it was a series of coincidences that led him to his 1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet.

By that time he had already owned four collector cars, but there was something about the postwar Lincoln Continental that made a lasting impression on him.

“Well, I’ve always been sort of fascinated by that story,” Wright explains. “When the Classic Car Club of America was formed, they said it was for certain classic cars built prior to World War II. They made this one exception.”

“It sort of showed their very high regard for it,” he continues. “And in some circles, the Lincoln Continental became known as an ‘instant classic’.”

The exceptionality of the Lincoln Continental fascinated Wright, that and the postwar grille found on his 1947 Cabriolet.

Initially, his search for this specific car was met with disappointment. He had already put down a deposit on another model when an inspector found that the restoration wasn’t up to par. But before returning his deposit, the salesman encouraged him to look at some other Continentals available on his website.

Wright found another car that he liked and was going to ship it to San Diego without an inspection. As luck would have it, he just so happened to have a meeting in Maryland, which is where the car was located. While there he was able to see it for himself, and what he found was that the car that they were going to ship to San Diego was not the car that he found online. Because of the misunderstanding, the salesman told him that he could have either car at the same price. He stuck with the original he found online.

It was destiny. If his meeting was in another city, they would’ve shipped the wrong car and he wouldn’t have his beloved 1947 Cabriolet today.

But the serendipity didn’t end there. To his surprise, he was accepted to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a prestigious automobile event held yearly in Pebble Beach, California.

“I didn’t in my wildest dreams think I would be accepted at Pebble Beach,” Wright exclaims.

Once again, his 1947 Continental Cabriolet proved its worth, giving him the “biggest event of [his] retirement.”

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