Lincoln Continental Resto-Rod Coupe

About 15 years ago a Florida collector with some 20 Lincolns chose this example as the basis for a modification project. While utilizing its original sheet metal, chassis and standard-height windshield, the top was chopped and modified by filling the rear quarter windows and rounding the front windows and frames in a manner similar to that of the Packard Darrin.

Under the hood was installed a 302-cubic inch, 285-horsepower crate motor with chrome and polished aluminum goodies including “Lincoln Continental” script valve covers. The Ford four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is coupled to a posi-traction rear with 4:10 gears. The Mustang suspension is equipped with disc brakes and special offset wheels manufactured to accept the original Continental hubcaps.

Creature comforts included the addition of a Vintage Air air conditioning system, a Hydro-Boost braking system and power options including steering, windows, locks, trunk lid and cruise control. It even has a key fob security system, power-heated outside mirrors and an inside rearview mirror with compass and temperature displays. A major priority was a seating arrangement that would accommodate the owner’s 6-foot, 3-inch frame. The new seats and center console came from a Cadillac Eldorado and sport power adjustments including one for lumbar support. An AM/FM cassette player is mounted in location of the original radio.

Also included are a space-saver spare tire under the rear seat and a scissor-jack so the original spare tire cover requires no removal. To protect the superb cosmetic detailing, the owner commissioned a custom bra to protect the front end on the highway. The underside has also received the same degree of detailing, and the rear taillights, brake lights and a special light in the center of the continental kit are LEDs.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

285 hp, 302 cu. in. Ford Motorsport Mustang V-8, four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, Mustang independent front suspension and posi-traction rear axle with leaf springs and air ride, four-wheel power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 125".

Source: RM Auctions

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