The first car is a Continental Coupe which is powered by a V12 engine that has a displacement of 292 cubic inches. In the film, it was driven by Sonny Corleone when he was murdered by a dozen Tommy gunners at a toll booth on the Long Beach Parkway. Fortunately, the special effects crew had access to two more Continental Coupes and the car listed for sale was not damaged in the violent scene.
The second car is a Custom Limousine which uses the same V12 engine as the smaller Continental. It played a less prominent role in The Godfather but it is considerably rarer than the Continental, with just 295 examples built in 1941.
Since being used in the movie, the two Lincolns have been stored in a climate-controlled garage and used very sparingly. Both cars come from the estate of well-known collector Eugene Beardslee and are being offered by Bonham's with no reserve.
Bidding for the two classic movie stars is scheduled to start on January 17th, 2013, at 1pm local time. Stay tuned to LeftLane for a post-auction update.
All photos courtesy of Bonhams.