Famed architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright was so entranced by the Continental that he said it was “the most beautiful car in the world.”
The spare tyre’s prominent location on the boot lid gave rise to many imitators and DIY conversions, causing the term “continental kit” to enter the language.
The difference between the Continental and Harley Earl’s 1938 Buick Y Job, a GM dream car, is that although the Y Job influenced GM design trends, it never became a production vehicle in its own right.
The original prototype of Continental was later scrapped because its hand-built construction made it prone to leaks and mechanical problems.
A second prototype was constructed and later Edsel gave it to Gregorie.
He kept the car for a few years before he sold it.
The car subsequently went though many owners.
In June, 2019, the restored car featured at the Eyes on Design car show in Detroit.