France late February 2008 I discover an old car with the Parisian 75 suffix abandoned in a small wood near Grenoble. A local farmer named Coco furnishes me with these details: His father had bought the car from a Monsieur Albertini, whose Grenoble garage it had been towed to. The car is a 1947 V-12 Lincoln with suicide doors. The engine had seized because no one had checked the oil. It had driven from Paris in 1957 by an American with his French girlfriend. The American was a writer and ex-marine.
Originally the shell was sky blue with a beige interior. The steering wheel, door lock stalks and window winder handles were a claret-coloured Bakelite plastic.