Lincoln Continental

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Lincoln Continental

1961 - 1979
Country:
USA
Engine:
V8
Capacity:
7045/7565 cc
Power:
300-365 bhp
Transmission:
3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
201 km/h
Number Built:
342,781
Collectability:
4 star
The Lincoln Continental is recognised as one of America's most influential cars. Lincoln, the up-market division of Ford created a vehicle with clean lines that was very European in feel but American in size.

It earned the name "clap door" because of its back door rear-hinging and became a very trendy car for the rich and famous in the United States and was even the White House car of preference - it was a stretched version of the Continental that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.

Realising they were making a winner, Lincoln only marginally altered the Continental during its nine-year run (new chrome, grille, wheelbase) but essentially it stayed the same.

As well as the saloon there existed a power-top four-door convertible model and a hard top coupe version from 1966. Its engine was always huge - 7.0 liters initially, this growing in size to a whopping 7.5 liters. The Continental also came standard with auto transmission, power seats, air-conditioning, power-steering, electric windows etc.

It was a fast mover (365 bhp) and capable of reaching 201 km/h but was really best driven on flat straight roads. Americans loved it - the boot was large enough to fit their golf clubs, it was very posh in appearance and almost never broke down.

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