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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale June 10th – 12th, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 4th Annual Newport Beach, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
For 1961, Lincoln made a complete and startling break from the past with the all-new Continental. Gone were multiple Lincoln models; Lincoln’s success would now stand upon the quality, luxury, and style of the all-new Continental alone. With a shorter wheelbase and overall length than that of the 1960 model yet a commanding presence, the all-new Continental was an immediate benchmark of style and refinement that goes on today.
The Continental’s distinctive suicide-style rear doors were dictated not by stylistic concerns, but rather the constraints imposed by its overall dimensions and relatively short wheelbase. There was simply not enough room between the Continental’s wheel wells for four doors and a generous amount of rear passenger access, without this famous door-mounting arrangement. As one of the lowest luxury automobiles ever built, the Continental hid an innovative driveshaft that was lowered as far as possible to reduce the height of the driveline tunnel inside the car. In addition, the engine and transmission were installed at a seven-degree angle to drop the back of the transmission and Ford’s designers worked with drivetrain supplier Dana to develop a special universal joint at the transmission to accommodate this special arrangement.
To ensure the Continental’s build quality before delivery, each engine was dynamometer-tested for three hours at speeds replicating travel at 100 mph. Each finished car was then road-tested and returned to the factory for correction of any noted defects. Next, a high-pressure water test, inspection, and chassis realignment assured that each car was ready to be released for dealer deliveries.
The 1965 Lincoln Continental convertible presented here has been fully restored to virtual factory-original condition. Finished in stunning “Triple Black,” it includes new black leather seats with stitching done to match the original specification. Everything has been restored and the bright trim re-chromed to match the beautiful new black paint finish and new black convertible top. As such, this 1965 Lincoln Continental simply must be seen in person to fully appreciate its quality and outstanding presence.