Geraldine’s 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan: Rare Gem Or Rust Bucket?

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Geraldine and Poppy with the 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan at Arcata Bay Storage. Photos by KLH | Eye

Geraldine and Poppy with the 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan at Arcata Bay Storage. Photos by KLH | Eye

The motor.

The motor.

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

ARCATA – Well, it’s no Hot Rod Lincoln. But it might have been at some point, and maybe could be again, with sufficient wizardry by a well-funded professional restorer.

At this point it’s not much more than some green paint holding together a lot of rust in the shape of a 63-year-old car, but down at Arcata Bay Storage’s vehicle yard is what’s left of a 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan.

The interior and dash.

The interior and dash.


The rotting relic from a better, vanished time comes complete with a branch in the engine compartment and rope on the B-pillar, holding the doors, including the rear suicide door, somewhat shut.

Restored versions of the duck-and-cover era bulgemobile are popular with enthusiasts, and ABS Manager Geraldine Goldberg wonders whether the sagging hulk in her vehicle yard might be a diamond in the rough.

“When the CHP came out to verify the Lincoln’s VIN, one of the officers almost fell over when he saw the engine,” Goldberg said. He asked her, “Do you know what you have here?”

IMG_7341She doesn’t. Hey, car guys – this worth anything?

Perhaps we’ll find out when the corroded Cosmo comes up for auction June 26.

Here’s the scintillating legal notice which will appear in next week’s Arcata Eye:


Notice is hereby given that the undersigned intends to sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property under the California Self-Service Storage Facility Act (Bus. Prop. Code Ss 21700-21716). The undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on the 26th day of June at 10 a.m. on the premises where said property has been stored and which are currently located at Arcata Bay Self Storage, 250 E Street Arcata, CA.

Vehicles, Trailers, Vessels

The trunk is chock-a-block with handy accessories.

The trunk is chock-a-block with handy accessories.

1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan, CA license 633MQR, vin 50LP11165H

The Auctioneer will be Kerry Rasmussen, Bond #7900364465, phone (707) 822-0331. Purchases must be paid for at the time of the sale in cash only. All purchased items sold “as is.” Sale is subject to cancellation in the settlement between owner and obligated party, auctioneer, and Arcata Bay Self Storage, 250 E St., Arcata, CA.


Geraldine said a lady found the distressed but noble Cosmopolitan along the roadside in McKinleyville.


7 Responses to “Geraldine’s 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan: Rare Gem Or Rust Bucket?”

  1. looks like a tucker without the center headlight.

  2. […] newspaper, the editor came over to check out the car. See for yourself… anybody interested?…r-rust-bucket/ Reply With […]

  3. Charles Applegate

    In concours condition it's worth a couple hundred thousand dollars, so it should sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

  4. Mike Bernsten

    15,000 Tops.

  5. I have a 1950 lincoin in far shape with 36000 miles.

  6. I have a 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan too but mine looks better that this sad wreck!

  7. […] of Geraldine Goldberg and Poppy courtesy of The Arcata Eye; photos of Ozzie courtesy of A-1 Rite Place Self […]


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