When you see something for the first time, out there in the real world, you look to the badge to know what it is. Eventually Dad would own a lightly used 65 Thunderbird and 71 Continental, and a new 78 Continental Mark V Cartier edition. Can dealerships edit or remove reviews? He remembered how the windshield cracked when the man drove it over some railroad tracks. In 1957, around 450 were produced for a total of just over 3000. In spite of this, Ford estimated they still lost over a thousand dollars per car on the 3,000 that were built. We all gawked, straining to see who were the people in this infrequently-seen luxury car.
. In 1968, Ford Motor Company introduced the 1969 , re-entering the personal luxury car segment. From 1984 through 1985, a special edition Versace Designer Edition could be ordered. You make an excellent point — the smashing stylistic success of the 1961 Continental has made it almost impossible to consider this car strictly on its own terms. Many of the mechanical components were courtesy of Lincoln such as the drivetrain. A couple years ago I saw a 1956 two door hardtop in the Coney Island Mermaid parade, glistening awesomely in the sun. The brand logo for Continental was a rectangular-framed four-pointed star.
I suspect that most of the improvement from 1958-60 involved normal improvement as they built more, plus the rear suspension change. Lincoln called it Directed Power. Later on in 1962, with my father beginning his quadrennial search for a new car, we happened upon a two year old Continental Mark V four door hardtop sitting in the used car lot at Beverly Hills Lincoln Mercury. Here the top was relatively small, just large enough to cover a three-passenger cockpit with single bench seat, so there was relatively little trouble storing it in the trunk. Initial Sample Inspection To ensure all parts met standards, all inspections were deliberately scheduled earlier than normal to allow the process to slow down to allow for potential rejections to take place. The Faces have not changed since the movie was made, but everything else has, new parking lot, new buildings …….
Well, it has to, because the company defines this car as the next flagship. The depths of the rectangular design idiom these Continentals established were heavily plumbed right through the 1980s. Harmonic resonance has to be countered with this type of alteration. It still shared a platform with the Thunderbird and in many respects, were similar. Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles. It was a good thing I stopped when I did because by the time I left the bank having made it there with moments to spare the Lincoln was there no more.
This included a computer message center, digital instruments, keyless entry and more. They were the pinnacle of personal luxury motoring in their day, and still are. It was produced from 1993 through 1998. It did not use chrome, two-tone paint, or sharp styling cues to accentuate its beauty. I loved all cars of the 1955-62 era, which were somewhat rare even then! Had it not, Lincoln would have been finished. Car companies spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours on testing and focus groups, just to get the right badge.
And the T-Bird parallel wipers go the right way, with the left blade ending up close to vertical in front of the driver. There is real beauty in adaptability. For 1958 to 1960, the Continental nameplate made a return, becoming the flagship variant of the Lincoln product range. Slow sales resulted in the cancellation of this luxury car series. I did not have long before the bank closed and there was no time to waste. Its nice to drive, its almost like sitting in your livingroom sofa. Meaning that the sales sold in 1968 and 1969 were counted together.
Who knew gas cap design could be awesome? These elite motorcars were built largely by hand to exacting standards. Its classic elegance is timeless. After completing assembly, each vehicle underwent a further inspection and a road test before shipping. Everything you want to know about this car. He has seen through the surface textures of this car to the basic bones of its styling concept.
My favorite motion picture of all time may be the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest. While a two-door hardtop would be offered as the debut vehicle, the model range would expand to a retractable-hardtop convertible and a four-door hardtop sedan. What could be better for Ford's new super-luxury car than a hardtop that could actually transform itself into a convertible? They used Mercedes-Benz hydraulics for the top. The cow-belly design required the use of a 3-joint driveshaft and a higher transmission tunnel inside the car. I used to hate these things.
Lots of technology in it for a late '70s car. It's a 369 cubic-inch engine with carb, rated at 285 horsepower. Under William Clay Ford, the Special Products Division set out several objectives. Its production was as exclusive as the vehicle itself. An image gallery of the 1956 Continenta. We have a large box of spare parts, hoses, plugs etc. Classics on Autotrader is your one-stop shop for the best classic cars, muscle cars, project cars, exotics, hot rods, classic trucks, and old cars for sale.
The first two were scrapped in June 1956, and the third car survives today. My family visited Rushmore around 2009. The latter car was given to the wife of William Clay Ford as a personal vehicle; initially painted white, it was later painted sky blue. The car weighs about 5,300 pounds. Later in grade one, I sat in the back seat of a 60 Lincoln hardtop purchased by the parents of a school chum. If you are interested in purchasing this vehicle or have more questions regarding it, please call us at 262 891-4253 or email Milwaukee gatewayclassiccars.