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LINCOLN Continental Convertible, for sale in Solon, Ohio, for $57,995.
Do cars cooler than a 1960's Lincoln convertible even exist? Presidents, diplomats, mobsters and movie stars were the clients, and the locales were. . everywhere interesting. The slab styling, the suicide doors, the long lines: These are the epitome of four-door cool. We found one that's 100% rust free, shipped new to Los Angeles, and refinished it as you see it here. Totally straight, with crisp chrome, a sparkling interior and very, very black paint, this Lincoln belongs on the open road as much as it belongs in a museum.
We bought the car with fresh paint, and weren't at all happy with its finish. What can we say? We're pickier than the average dealer! We were making a plan to spot-touch the areas we liked least before jumping in with both feet: This would be a full, bare-metal respray. We chemically stripped the paint and found ZERO rust--do you know how rare that is on a 1960's car of any marque? We've got the pictures to prove it, too! We built the car back up with a minimum of filler, carefully blocking the monolithic panels. The new black went on, we waited a while, and we wet sanded the car to a flat gloss. We had the door handles and emblems rechromed by Advanced Custom Chrome. The bumpers, the grille, the lenses. . the rest of the car was in very nice condition.
The interior is as nice as we'd expected. Soft leather in white (the car's original scheme was light Cameo Green over Ivy Gold leather) runs from one side to the other, and looks amazing. The switchgear works as it should, the dash and other original parts are very nice, and the carpet is new. This is a pleasant place for you and twelve of your closest friends!
Since information is hard to come by with these cars, here is the data tag decoded:
H=Cameo Green exterior
BG=Light Ivy Gold leather bench seat interior
25H=August 25, 1966, build date
52=(shipped to) Los Angeles District Sales Office
Z1=3.00 ratio Traction-Loc differential
And the VIN:
Y=Wixom, MI, assembly
86=4 Door convertible
That LA DSO probably has a lot to do with the car's sparkling condition--good thing it didn't live near the ocean!
We went through the mechanicals, changing fluids, sealing the motor and checking the car out. On inspection it's obvious this is a true low mileage car that hasn't been abused or taken apart any further than necessary. It's a cruiser, just like it was on day one. It has a super high 3.00 gear ratio, and that was the optional set: Ford obviously let the torque do the talking here!
In 1967, Lincoln beckoned prospective buyers to \"Come live the Continental life. \"The largely unchanged 1967 Lincoln Continental was touted as \"Clean. Uncluttered. Functional. . . You'll also notice that because we don't make sweeping changes in our car the classic Continental look continues. \"
The trademark four-pointed star moved from the fenders to the C-pillars of the hardtop and sedan, but remained on the hood and decklid. Up front, spelled out on the hood, was the CONTINENTAL name, as in 1966. Ford elected to make 1967 the only year that a unit-body Lincoln hood sported a spring-loaded star hood ornament, a move that would confound collectors for years.
Lincoln's new flow-through ventilation system, which the company called \"Fresh-Flow, \"was standard. Fresh air was continuously allowed to enter the car, even with the windows up, displacing stale air through a system of vents and valves. Air exited from the interior via a grille mounted about midway at the base of the front doors. There, air pressure activated a one-way valve, through which stale air and smoke escaped to the outside through a door-facing on the outside of the door gasket.
The brake system was split, one half operating the front brakes, the other the rears. This provided a fail-safe system in case of hydraulic failure. Front-wheel ventilated disc brakes enhanced the dual hydraulic self-adjusting power brake system.
The automatic transmission was renamed Select-Shift Turbo-Drive. It shifted automatically in \"D, \"but the \"1\"and \"2\"positions on the \"P-R-N-D-2-1\"shift quadrant allowed drivers to manually hold the car in low or second gear if desired. This feature was extended to other automatic-equipped Ford vehicles for 1967.
The front grille gained seven vertical bars and, overall, was slightly recessed. At the rear, the taillight overlays were modified to complement the new grille-work. Inside, the dashboard continued with most everything except the clock directly in front of the driver. Minor modifications were made to the warning light cluster, which included one for the parking brake and a seat-belt reminder light.
The deep-dish steering wheel was also new, boasting a padded hub. Other safety features included padded A-pillar (previously finished in chrome) and a lane-changer feature that operated the directional signals with a light touch. The door panels now carried a vertical-roll motif, and the seats were redesigned. The standard upholstery fabric was Chalfonte, a knit nylon broadcloth; a Continental emblem was embroidered into the seatbacks.
One of the most aristocratic options ever listed for an American luxury car was made available for the buyer of a 1967 Continental: a full set of hand-stitched, custom-made luggage specially designed to fit precisely into the beautifully lined 18-cubic-foot trunk. The set was offered in burgundy, palomino (a neutral beige), or black.
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