Cars celebrate milestone anniversaries at New York International Auto Show

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Friday, April 19, 2019
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Several classic car companies are celebrating milestone anniversaries at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

In July, Bentley becomes a centenarian. Its founder, W.O. Bentley, founded the company in 1919 in order to "build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class." Today, Bentley continues to make luxury cars at its factory in Crewe, in the north-west of England.

To celebrate, the company is unveiling the Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner to pay tribute to Bentley's founder. It's limiting production to just 100 cars.

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Eugene T. Gregorie, a chief stylist for Edsel Ford, began making Lincoln's custom luxury vehicles in 1939. Eighty years later, the company is reintroducing a modern version of its classic 1961 Continental, which was known for its unique center-opening doors and a chrome-accented upper shoulder line.

The company will only produce 80 units of the Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition.

This milestone incorporates a piece of NYIAS history -- The first-ever Datsun Z was launched at the New York International Auto Show 50 years ago. This year, a special anniversary edition of the vehicle will be unveiled at the show along with a parade of 50 Zs from 1969 to today on Opening Day Saturday.


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