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    1960 Lincoln Continental Convertible

    Consignment #: 8376 Sign In to View Price


    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale June 19th – 21st, 2014 at Russo and Steele’s 2nd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    After the Continental Mark II was discontinued, a new generation of the brand appeared for 1958. These were the first Continentals produced at the new Wixom plant, and the first made on an unibody platform. Though this edition is known as the “Mark III,” the first models bore the nameplate “Continental III” on the front fender. Advertising brochures made the case that Continental was still a separate make, the car shared its body with that year’s Lincoln. They differed from the lower-model full-size Lincolns in trim quality, and in their roof treatment, featuring a reverse-angle power rear “breezeway” window that retracted down behind the back seat. Hand assembly was gone, allowing for lower prices. Even so, Lincoln lost over sixty million dollars over 1958–1960, partly reflecting the enormous expense of developing what is perhaps the largest unibody car ever made. Additionally, full-size Lincoln sold poorly in all models; 1958 was a recession year in the U.S. But in spite of that, the Continental Mark III recorded much better sales than the Mark II. AM radio was standard. A rare option was an FM radio. The A/C vents were located on the ceiling.

    Like the Lincoln, the Continental III was larger than that year’s Cadillac – save for the Cadillac Series 75 limousine. Consumers and critics found the Continental’s canted headlights and scalloped fenders over the top, even in that decade of styling excess. They are the longest production Lincolns ever produced without federally mandated 5 mph(8.0 km/h) bumpers. Built on a 131-inch wheelbase and measuring 227.2 inches long and 80.3 inches wide, these were huge cars and the fact that they used unit-body construction made them an engineering achievement at the time. The 63.1 inches (1,603 mm) front and 63.0 inches (1,600 mm) rear shoulder room they possessed set a record for Lincoln that still stands to this day; while the 44.0 inches (1,118 mm) front and 44.9 inches (1,140 mm) rear leg room make it one of the roomiest vehicles ever produced. Furthermore, the 1959-60 Continental Limousine and Town Car (which had the same wheelbase as other Continentals but the same rear seat legroom as Lincoln due to the absence of the “breezeway” window) are the heaviest American sedans without an extended wheelbase built since WW II, and the 1958 Continental convertible is the longest American convertible produced with the exception of the (extremely rare) 1934–37 Cadillac V-16 convertibles.

    The 1959’s range contained the original Continental Mark IV, and the 1960, the original Continental Mark V, with more restrained styling than the 1958. Two new body styles were added for 1959 and 1960, both on the same wheelbase as other Continentals, but without the reverse-angle “breezeway” window: a formal Town Car and an even more formal Limousine. Both cars had dual air conditioning units, a distinctive padded roof and were available only in black. The Limousine added a driver’s partition for additional rear seat privacy. The Town Car, costing $9,200, sold only 214 over both years, and the Limousine, costing $10,200, sold only 83 over both years. One feature of these cars was the “Auto Lube”, that, as long as the owner kept the lube reservoir full, the car automatically lubed itself. However, the 1958-1960 Marks were technically Lincoln’s as the Continental division was dropped after the Mark II. And this marked the last time that a Continental would share no major chassis components with a model made by Ford or Mercury as the 1961 Continental would share major components with the contemporaneous Ford Thunderbird.

    This fine triple-black example (1 of 2,044 made in 1960) of a 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Convertible is an older restoration but continues to be driven and enjoyed as it was designed to do. It goes down the highway with ease in an effortless manor, heads turn as you cruise along in this iconic mark. With it’s 430 V8 Engine 315 horse power, Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Breezeway Rear Window, 4 Way Power Seat, and Power Lubricator, this car is a real head-turner.



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