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Lot 836

1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible

  • Chassis no. 5Y86N422445

Sold for $121,000

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"

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.

The Dingman Collection’s 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible was acquired from Jay Cook, of Leakwood, Kansas, after a full restoration was done on the car and is strikingly presented in black with white leather upholstery and a white convertible top. Like all cars in the collection, it is in excellent condition overall and in this case, has not been driven since the restoration was completed, preserving its superb condition. The body contours are flawless, and the paint has a foot-deep mirror finish. All brightwork is in excellent condition. The seats appear unworn and as new. Accessories include air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, and automatic headlight dimmer. Convenience items like power seats, windows, steering, and door locks were, of course, standard equipment.

The engine compartment and undercarriage are very clean and well presented. The odometer shows slightly fewer than 45,000 miles, believed correct. A very well equipped example, this car is the ideal parade or tour vehicle, with open air seating for four and those iconic suicide doors at the rear. What better way to take a road trip?

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