1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-DOOR CONVERTIBLE
Registration No. Not UK Registered
Chassis No. 5 Y 86 N 413636
Red with white interior
Engine: 90 degree V8, 430cu. ins., 320bhp; Gearbox: three speed automatic; Suspension: independent front with dual wishbones, rear, solid axle, coil springs; Brakes: four wheel drum with power assist. Left hand drive.
The new Lincoln Continental, introduced in 1961, was one of the most innovative and influential designs to come out of Detroit. A 4-door, with its back 'suicide doors' that had not been seen in over a generation, was offered in both sedan and convertible form. It also became the only model offered under the Lincoln marque.
The Continental's restrained styling marked a startling departure from the acres of chrome that had characterized late fifties designs. The sides were smooth, with only small chrome accents down the wing lines and along the sills. Remarkably at 17ft. 8in. overall, it was only 5 inches longer than the redesigned two-door Thunderbird that also debuted in 1961. The big Continental also had its own 430 cu. in. engine, producing 300bhp, even though it was only fitted with a 2-barrel carburettor.
The Continental gained subtlety and refinement and over 55,000 were delivered in the first two years of production. Minor cosmetic changes in future years further refined its conservative appearance and the interior was developed for greater comfort and room. Engine output had modestly increased to 320bhp, now aspirated by a four barrel Carter C3VE carburettor.
For 1965, the Lincoln had its first facelift with new horizontal grille, wraparound indicator lights, and a revised bonnet design. In keeping with its luxury positioning, the options list for a Continental was short, with most amenities and conveniences as part of the car's standard equipment, as would be expected for its $6,270 base price. Included were power steering and brakes, power windows, 6-way power seat, power radio antenna, power vent windows, radio with rear speaker, remote control outside rear view mirror and power door locks. Almost all of the 1965 production cars had air conditioning.
The car we offer for sale, in the current ownership for ten or so years, is presented in generally good cosmetic order, its bodywork is straight and has been repainted at some stage. The interior appears to be the original which does show some age and wear through use.
Christie's are unsure of the mechanical condition of the Lincoln, so advise necessary mechanical re-commissioning will be required following its lengthy period without use. We have also not had the opportunity to test the power hood at the time of cataloguing.