In 1961, Lincoln shook the American luxury automobile market to its core with a brand new Continental, a refined, unadorned, and ultimately ground-breaking, elegant design. These were characteristics of the original Continental, but this car was modern and very in touch with the contemporary luxury market. Bumpers were integrated with the grille and the rear deck, and the only chrome on the sides of the car was made up of a small, full-length spear running along the top of each sharply creased fender. It was dramatically different from anything else on the road at the time, and Continental convertibles of this era have been heralded as some of the most unforgettable designs in Lincoln’s history.
This 1962 example is one of the very rare and desirable four-door convertibles, and its presentation is exquisite. A dead-straight Arizona car that was stripped to bare metal and finished in its present black paint with black leather and black convertible top, it is quite simply one of the prettiest 1962 Continentals that exists. The long, flat body panels of these cars show flaws easily, especially in a color like black. On this 1962 Continental the meticulously applied rich black paint highlights the quality of the bodywork. The chrome is top-notch. Of course, this car is also lavishly equipped with air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows and a power top. The car has been professionally lowered to add to the look, but the modifications are reversible. Power, meanwhile, is abundant from the 300-horsepower 430 cubic inch V-8. These Continentals set a standard that is still recognized for refinement, style and luxury.
This gorgeous example embodies those standards perfectly.
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