Lonnie Shelton went to Dallas in search of spare parts for his car collection. The long-time baseball fan came home with the collector's item of a lifetime.

Shelton, 61, a Pampa, Texas resident, heard that Babe Ruth's 1948 Lincoln Continental was on display at the Texas Museum of Automotive History. Upon visiting, he learned it was also for sale. The two-door hardtop coupe remained in immaculate condition.

He couldn't resist.

"To know somebody had enough foresight since 1948 to keep that car in that kind of shape is amazing," said Shelton, who would not disclose the purchase price. "I respect that. And I can tell you that car will be maintained and kept in better shape than it ever has. I love old cars."

Ruth, one of the greatest home-run kings that has ever played the game, received the car as a gift from Ford Motor Company in appreciation of the work he had done with Little Leaguers since his retirement from the game in 1935. Shortly after receiving the gift, Ruth succumbed to cancer on August 16, 1948.

Shelton has documentation confirming the authenticity of the vehicle, which has 81,000 miles on the odometer and spent the past 35 years on display on several museums in Minnesota and Texas. Shelton is working on arrangements with a local baseball team, the Amarillo Sox, to share the car with baseball fans.

"I want to share the car with baseball fans," Shelton said. "And the greatest thing will be if we are able to use this car to bring relief for kids who have special needs, even adopt a kid to help them out. I'm on board for that."

The car is a beautiful item from Lincoln's past. To see what Lincoln has in store for the future, check out this story that details the opening of the brand's first dedicated design center since the 1970s.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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      danwat1234
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that the heater core naked in the middle of the dashboard?
        rrss2lwb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @danwat1234
        It's an old fashioned thing called, "The Radio" lol
      klavezo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey did you hear the joke about the Chinaman that went to his eye doctor and his eye doctor said that he has cataracts and the Chinaman said no I have a Rincoln Continental...........
      Chef
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least cars back then had character, and their own identity. Today's cars are boring in comparison, and so many look alike.
      Sooner Dog
      • 2 Years Ago
      TSpeaking of the BABE RUTH, Panda of the SF Giants did a good impression the other nite in the World Series, Panda hit three home runs.....in fact the San Francisco Newspaper had written.........GIANT PANDA escapes the San Francisco Zoo and goes wild!!! and runs out of the place and rounds the bases three times, a amazing feat, this may pump up the Bear not only this season and may carry over to next season....40+ Home Runs for Panda the next three seasons....then Yogi Like is on his on.....
      sgoold
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look at how round and smooth the body is. The only flat spot on it are the plates. no wind drag there. bet it gets 18 to 21 mpg on the highway. The ride in those old cars is supreme. how cool...
        rmx77
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sgoold
        there is an old war vet that lives somewhere close by where i live and he owns one of these exact same cars of the same year. very very very nice car. its an all 6 volt unit too. nice car very few ever show up.
      jimbbusiness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful automotive. Be interesting to know its' current value. Love old Ford, Merc's & Lincolns.
      • 2 Years Ago
      lincoln owner V12 engine, overdrive, power windows, heater defroster, radio and push button doors. 1947 in my barn not restored, runs great yet.
      all5740
      • 2 Years Ago
      makes you wonder if people have that type of money to throw around , help the needy.
        rrss2lwb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @all5740
        If you actually read the article you would have seen that he is going to use it for charitable purposes.
        JIm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @all5740
        A lot of them do !
      cansadopadres
      • 2 Years Ago
      The curve ball or slider was not invented yet so you had a better chance to hit home runs.
      ramrose3
      • 2 Years Ago
      poor lines and an odd shape, kind of ugly. sorry babe.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ramrose3
        This is an iconic car. Its design is praised universally. As they say, though, there is not accounting for taste.
        Sekinu2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ramrose3
        Not a classic car guy are ya? The lines are great. The rolling fenders the rear quarter panel curves and the grille. Then add that great continential package. Todays cars are a sad state compared to these back when cars had style, great lines, and character. cant get that in a honda, toyota, or Mazda.
          SamBlob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sekinu2
          Then again, the original Mazda RX-7 had some good lines, too.
      • 2 Years Ago
      cool car
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      Creepy-looking. It looks like a gangster car.
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