Lincoln stunned the American luxury automobile market in 1961 with the introduction of a new Continental, and what a Continental it was. Completely redesigned, it abandoned the contrived styling and chrome gew gaws of the previous year's Mark V with a return to the refined, unadorned, balanced design that had characterized the original Continental but was modern, up-to-date and, with four doors, responded to its luxury market's evolution. The 1961 Continental's most notable feature was a return to rear hinged 'suicide' rear doors that made entering the back seat easier than the front. Bumpers were integrated with the grille and the rear deck. The only chrome on the sides was a small full length spear along the tops of the sharply creased fenders. The 1961 Lincoln Continental was clean, sharp, refined and dramatically different from anything else in the world. This 1961 Lincoln Continental is the rare four-door convertible. Only 2,857 were built, just 9% of the Continental's total production. Power is abundant from the 430 cubic inch 300 horsepower V-8 and it is optioned with air conditioning in addition to the standard power assists for steering, brakes and windows. It is a fully restored car finished in yellow with white leather upholstery, brown carpets and a white vinyl top. The paint, chrome and interior are all done thoroughly and correctly, the engine compartment is restored and detailed. The 1961 Lincoln Continental set a standard that is still recognized today for refinement, style and luxury, standards that are abundantly present in this example.
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