1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan…Pickup?


I never realized the late Lincoln Blackwood had a predecessor! This non-factory but highly crafted converted Lincoln has been off the road since at least 1965, but was converted before then as it was registered as a Lincoln truck at that time. It’s a true barn find that has been sheltered for years waiting for someone to put it back on the road. The Lincochero (yes, I couldn’t resist) is located in Ahoske, North Carolina and is for sale here on craigslist. The asking price is $15,000 obo, but the seller says they are ready to sell, and with a clear title I’ll bet lower offers will be entertained.


I really do like the way the dual spares have been incorporated into the rear fenders and it helps to camouflage the potentially awkward area where the greenhouse was cut away – which was actually done quite nicely on this vehicle in my opinion.


The front end has several surprises. To begin with, it looks like the original engine may be in there intact. There’s an extra set of headlights that have been nicely added for what at the time was probably considered a more modern look. Finally, 1960’s add-on air conditioning and an alternator certainly weren’t there when it left the factory. Overall, this is a pretty interesting custom; I wish the asking price weren’t as high as it is, otherwise I’d have to go take a look. I was only able to find reference to one more Cosmopolitan pickup conversion on the web and it looks considerably different from this one.  I realize this is considerably different from stock, but do you embrace this change, or would you not even consider owning it because it’s so different?


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  1. Mark E

    I love Cosmos and was prepared to be blown away and then I saw the picture of the front end. Um, no. In my mind the front of the Cosmopolitan is the most beautiful part of the car and so, screwing with it so far as adding quad headlights is unacceptable. Apparently good workmanship and all but not for me…

  2. fred

    If I’m correct there is something like a 2″ chop. Love the look of the underdash unit and the quads don’t look that bad to me, might as well embrace the Kustom thing as that’s what you’ve got. Wouldn’t be a bad deal at $5000 or so.

  3. Mike D

    it sure has a lot of potential , somebody put in a lot of work , would try to get the original engine up and running , do whatever it takes to get the body ship shape , of course can’t ignore the underside $15K sounds a bit steep, but you have to look at the uniqueness of it

  4. packrat

    I am with Mark E. Original front in is crisp and iconic. Extra lights are too “spider-eyes” for me. Otherwise it seems to be well executed.

  5. Dolphin Member

    Looks like someone put a lot of work into this conversion, and you have to respect that, but I’d much rather have that beautiful maroon Toronado from today at a fraction of the price of this custom truck. I just don’t see this selling for $15K or anything close, even if someone liked the design.

  6. Dan

    The tail lights look that they might have come from an mid 60’s Ford Cortina.

  7. Barry T

    In a word. YUCK.

  8. Kevin

    Unique enough. Everyone has a dream price. But, I doubt they will get anything near that price. Too many unknowns for me to risk. I wonder what is hiding under that carpet in the truck bed. It is a shame that they haven’t even been bothered to get it running. Car flippers turn me off.

  9. JW

    It would be interesting to get this car/truck back in to quality shape for cruise nights but 15K is not worth the headaches to do it.

  10. Blindmarc

    As dolphin said, I’d rather have the tornado.

  11. Hal Somervill

    I see that in 2015, the car was for sale for $15,000. I just bought it for $3,000 in the same condition you see here, from a really nice guy in North Carolina. This is 2019.Does anyone know where it was first built, or by whom. I heard a story that it was originally built to haul custom motorcycles, but the bed area would not be conducive to that use. Any info would be appreciated.

    • Cynthia Rawlins

      I know everything about it! Who made and how it ended up where it is! Please dont spam my number 757 5414607 Cyndi text me first please!

  12. Hal

    Hi Cyndi. My name is Hal. I would love to know the history of the Lincoln.

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