Lincoln is reaching into a lot of its heritage these days, which is reminding us all of some great cars
Arguably there’s no better one than the Continental four-door convertible. And in the case of this 1962 model, everything represents the luxury icon nicely, right down to its elegant triple-black style.
It was quite a daring feat to put four doors on a convertible, and especially so with those rear-hinged suicide doors. What’s amazing is that the designers wrapped this bold idea in a modern 1960s design that showed restraint from being too outrageous with sheet metal. That’s how an elegant icon was born. This one likes to show off its sophistication with a piano-like black. It has the right luster to showcase the good body panels, and overall, it has the right look for you to get some serious respect at stoplights any time you want to do an Entourage style pull-ups. The form-hugging chrome bumpers, the intricate grille, and trim lines that run the length of the car all give this the right amount of jewelry for this formal level of presentation. But we also like that there is a driver-ready feeling to the full package so that it never makes you hesitate to take this out for a drive.
Open any one of the iconic suicide doors, and you’re greeted with an attractive black interior. So the paint, convertible roof, and interior come together to give you a terrific triple-black presentation. The seats have the beautiful look of a more recent investment, the door panels have classic wood-like inserts, and the full package is quite complete. A premium Lincoln means plenty of features. This includes power locks, fold-down armrests in both rows, and while the factory AM radio is on display, there’s a digital tuner cleanly mounted below the dash for better driving music. There are also provisions for both a power front seat and air conditioning (they will need servicing to full function again. What you’re going to like the best is that power windows and a power convertible top combine so that you never have to leave the driver’s seat to go from enclosed luxury to fully open to the world.
The sporty forward tilt hood gives a great view of the large 430 cubic-inch MEL V8. It has a detailed setup, and the recently repainted classic blue on the air grabber and valve covers make for a nice focal point. Topper with a four-barrel carburetor, there’s a nice power flow to keep this drop-top moving with authority. The three-speed automatic transmission works with a smooth suspension to make for a solid cruiser. It even has newer components like the driveshaft and rear leaf springs. Plus, power brakes and power steering make this a true go-anywhere luxury driving machine.
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