In place of the previous 7. Earlier in March 1966, the coupe had been introduced. In order to distinguish the Continental from Lincolns, stylists gave the vehicle its own roofline. The use of letters to identify different models began during Ford's acquisition of British luxury marques , , and to a lesser extent Swedish marque in the. After a few months, a -branded clock became standard equipment. Since emissions control would be an increasingly important engineering problem in coming years, the new powerplant was well suited to help engineers meet the challenges immediately ahead.
Back in those days, it was astounding that either car could sell 20-30K copies a year at those price levels. Then there was a problem with either the starter or the flywheel so that the starter would often fail to engage. The metal horn ring used in '69 was deleted from the steering wheel, replaced by a unit. Any idea, memory or insight that others would likely find interesting is a worthy post. Initially existing as the product line of the , the Continental Mark series became part of the Lincoln-Mercury Division in July 1956; from that point the line remained badged only as a Continental without Lincoln badging until the end of the 1985 model year. The Continental Mark Series was marketed from model years 1956 to 1960 and from 1968 to 1998, always serving as the of Ford Motor Company in North America.
In a break from Mark Series tradition, the Continental spare-tire hump on the decklid was left out of the design of the two concept cars. The 1979 Mark V was the essence of unconstrained American automotive opulence, conceived in a time when fuel economy and space efficiency were the concerns of lesser cars. As the Continental Mark series became more popular, the Lincoln name became colloquially affixed although the Lincoln nameplate did not appear on Continental Mark series vehicles nor did Lincoln Continental Mark appear in marketing, brochures, advertising and window stickers. Proof that there is absolutely no relationship between disposable income and good taste grins. Two out of three direct progeny of Iacocca.
Power was adequate from Lincoln's -based 460 cu in 7. These began in the 1930s with a car, a custom personal car that ended up serving the function of a , which directed his designers to create. It joined the larger 1966 2-door sedan. Browse the pictures and please don't hesitate to call us if you see something you need. . It did break down a lot though. This placed it above the second tier premium personal luxury cars such as the , and.
This was typical of a body style in its third year, but it was the second year in a row for a reduction in production for Lincoln, after six years of production increases from 1961-1966. To increase rear-seat room, the retractable rear window was replaced by a standard-slant window. I was so sad seeing it sit in the backyard the last couple years of its short life. My mother took me everywhere in her car and I came to adore the car as I adored her. Heads are interchangeable, and so are exhaust manifolds. It was obvious that consumer preference in the luxury market was for the very best, and less expensive models were not acceptable. It was a nasty burn and took awhile to completely heal.
So in a way, the way they went was really the only way it could have gone, Chrysler could not have afforded at the time to develop a more conventional van. Ironically, the mega post that served as my debut article was written quite on the fly as a comment, as of course are most all of my comments. Thank you Lee, for showing us the way forward! The 385 series engines on the other hand is basically the same whether it was going in a Torino or a F600, other than the 370ci version which was truck only. Cars Produced after the second week of December 1968 utilized orange indicator needles for all instruments and controls, and a with was installed. To many loyal Continental buyers, this was a puzzlement. A foreshadowing of things to come.
The new model eschewed chrome-laden styling of the period. For 1961, Lincoln was pared down to a single model line. It sounds pretty intimidating, especially if one really gets on. If we wanted to expand the topic of the articles away from spotted cars into more technical articles about specific features and concepts I suppose I could write more original articles. Luxury Group options Beginning in 1973 special Luxury Group packages were offered in various paint, roof, and interior color schemes from year to year. Sarasota, Florida: Crestline Publishing Co. Letters were used to identify the , the , the , and the and.
The author of these edits March 2013 has a 49-state February 21 1977 Continental Town Car, the price sheet of which shows the 460 as an option. At the time work had begun on the first Continental coupe, Lincoln had previously cancelled the coupes, sedans, and limousines, and produced the very limited limousine, along with the smaller coupes and sedans. After July 1968 the seatbelt retractors were relocated and eight additional exterior color choices were added. And perhaps most importantly, no less than 150 lbs of sound deadener was placed strategically. I also thought the red jewel cruise control light when the cruise control was on was a nice touch.
It was the heaviest series of all generations. Limousine models were distinguished by the use of a rear-seat partition. You underestimate how interesting your comments are, hence you have others literally begging you to blog. Trust me, nothing looks worse than surface rust on a yellow car. This long shot shows it artfully parked between a Mercedes W126 and a New Beetle. These were very influential, in my opinion. Henry Ford saw the models around that time and liked the overall design, but felt the front end was weak.
For proof, see his own car which went at auction several years ago. It actually drives very well for how old it is, there is almost no body roll, even going fast on a fairly sharp turn at 40 or 50 mph. We use the good stuff not the cheap stuff. For the first time in decades, Lincoln had a genuine hit, and an extremely profitable one. Marti reports, however, suggest that almost all 49-state Lincoln buyers chose the 460 after it became optional.