Lincoln Continental Convertible
Clean, elegant, and remarkably understated, the Continental stands as one of the most perfectly styled American luxury cars of the 1960s. The new, clean design for 1961 had started out as a Thunderbird concept. It was reportedly Ford’s General Manager, Robert McNamara, who was responsible for making it into a Lincoln. It debuted as a 1961 model, novel in its use of curved side glass.
Design changes over the first three years were minimal. A 1964 freshening restyled the tail end but also changed the curved side glass to flat panes. In order to provide more rear legroom, the wheelbase was stretched three inches to 126. Front disk brakes were made standard in 1965.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2012 at the Dingman Collection, Hampton, New Hampshire.
320 bhp, 430 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic power front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"
Source: RM Auctions