These 3 cars all inspired songs, but only one really appreciated in value – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016

The first car is a 1952 Lincoln Cosmopolitan. Which might come as a surprise, because Lincolns aren’t usually thought of as “cool.”

But for a moment, it was: in 1952, at the Carrera Panamericana road race.

The competition was first held in 1950 to celebrate Mexico’s completion of its portion of the great multicontinent highway system. Cars sped from the bottom of Mexico to the border of the United States. And, lo and behold, in both 1952 and 1953, the touring class was won by a driver in a Lincoln Capri.

The Cosmopolitan was different than the Capri, but it had the same engine. And in 1955 Charlie Ryan wrote “Hot Rod Lincoln” as a tribute to the brand’s mighty racing power. The song was made famous in 1971 with a successful cover version by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.

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