Posts Tagged ‘continental’

Questionable Style – 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III

October 21, 2014

It’s hard to know what to say about the Lincoln Continental Mark III. On the one hand, it was an unabashed success for Lee Iacocca, even greater than his more famous Mustang and Chrysler minivan. On the other hand, his brief for the car was said to be “put a Rolls Royce grill on a Thunderbird”, and sure enough, while the design is elegant, it’s a bit of a mish-mash of Rolls Royce, Elwood Engel Lincoln, and pre-war car, and of course some of the design cues shared by all 1970s personal luxury coupes. It also shares heavily with the Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar, which was of course the key to its success as a profit generator. Check out this 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III for sale for $3495 in Eugene, OR.

1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III left front


31 Cents per Pound – 1974 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe

June 27, 2014

Even in this era of six figure Porsches, and other once-affordable classics also accelerating in price, you can still find something interesting for a tenth the cost of a new Kia if you know where to look. Granted, that won’t always get you a sports car, and it won’t always get you something for burning through back roads, but it will get you an interesting car that was once the top of a manufacturer’s line. And it doesn’t even have to be from the fully depreciated late 1980s, early 1990s era – you can get a ginuwine, Nixon-era (nearly) car with a lot more style and probably less total cost per mile than the new Kia. You can find this 1974 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe for sale for a mere $1500 in Napa, CA.

1974 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe left front


Square Shouldered – 1964 Lincoln Continental Hardtop Sedan

November 24, 2013

The anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death comes with a reminder of the car he was riding in – a Lincoln Continental convertible limousine. And in fact, given the weight his death carried for the country, and how this car was so strongly associated with him, it’s surprising Lincoln was able to sell any more. But sell they did, and in fact, sales continued to increase through 1966, and still remained strong through the final year (1969). And that’s probably in no small part due to the inherent quality of the car and its design. Elwood Engle, who later went on to design various Chrysler models, designed one of the finest cars built in America at the time. It was packed with luxury features, came with the first 2 year/24,000 mile warranty, and weighed an outrageous 5,000 lb at its slimmest. This 1964 Lincoln Continental hardtop sedan is for sale in Yuma, AZ, with bidding at $3050, reserve not met, and about 3 days left.

1964 Lincoln Continental left front