1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible
The Lincoln Continental is a model name that has been used several times by the Lincoln division of Ford for thier top of the line luxury cars. For most of its lifetime, the Continental nameplate referred to the four-door Lincoln flagship. In 1981 the Continental's reign as the Lincoln flagship ended when the Town Car, a trim-level up to then, took over as the new flagship.In 1961, the Continental was completely redesigned by Elwood Engle. For the first time, the names Lincoln and Continental would be paired on a car other than one in the Mark series. The design was originally intended to be the new 1961 Ford Thunderbird, but the concept was enlarged and slightly altered before being switched to the Lincoln line by Robert McNamara. One of the most striking features of the new Continental was its size. It was two feet shorter than its predecessor. So much smaller was this car, that advertising executives at Ford photographed a woman parallel parking a sedan for a magazine spread. The new Continental's most recognized trademark, front opening rear doors, was a purely practical decision. The new Continental was a unibody design, and there simply was not the structural strength to front-hang the heavy rear doors in the convertible model. To simplify production, all cars were to be four-door models, and only two body styles were offered, sedan or convertible. Therefore, the rear doors were hung from the rear and opened from the front. This "suicide door" style was to become the best-known feature of 1960s Lincolns. The 1961 model was the first car manufactured in America to be sold with a 24,000 mile or 2-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.
The car was stretched 3 inches in 1964 to give more rear-seat legroom, and the roofline was squared off at the same time. The dash was also redesigned, doing away with the pod concept. Side glass was now flat to provide more interior room. The gas tank access door, which had been concealed at the rear of the car in the rear grille, was now placed on the driver's side rear quarter panel and the exterior "Continental" script was changed. The convex 1961–64 grille was replaced by a flatter, squared-off one for 1965–69. The car was given front disc brakes for the 1965 model year to improve stopping time. This is the only year that the front parking lamps and turn signals were integrated into the front quarterpanels, and not in the bumper. A 1965 Continental was featured prominently in the TV series Green Acres and the Matrix Trilogy Movies. The 1965 Continental Convertible is also featured in the opening credits scene of the HBO Series Entourage.
A Certified Milestone Car these are arguably the finest cars produced during the 60's. They have exceptional engineering and build quality, and legendary styling. They are rapidly rising in value, although they have always been collectible.
This very nice example has been in a museum collection since 1983 and has covered only 200 miles during that time. We have the car at our facility and have found it to be an exceptional driver needing only minor work, which has been accomplished, including all new brakes, suspension components, and new front seat leather. New radial tires have been installed as well. The car has recently been fully serviced by well known Lincoln Continental expert John Cashman, including retrofitting the window motors to 64 units. Everything works in this car! The odometer reads 81,000 miles and the car is ready for the summer tour or cruise in circuit.
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