1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible


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1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Chassis no. 3Y86N412639

Offered without reserve
US$ 20,000 - 25,000
£12,000 - 16,000

AUCTION 21929:
PRESERVING THE AUTOMOBILE
An Auction at the Simeone Automotive Museum

6 Oct 2014 14:00 EDT

PHILADELPHIA, SIMEONE FOUNDATION AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

Fantasy Bid: $17,500.00US

430ci OHV V8 Engine
Single Carter Two-Barrel Carburetor
320bhp at 4,100rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Single family ownership since 1966
*From the most stylish and desirable year of Continental production
*Elegant, original color scheme
*One of the iconic cars of the 1960s

The Lincoln Continental

After several years of producing ever-larger be-finned and chrome-heavy luxury cars, Ford's management had come to realize in the late 1950s that some serious changes were needed at Lincoln Division. The 1961 Lincoln Continental thus was a completely new design, based on the 1958 Thunderbird –and it became one of the most influential designs of the 1960s.

The new, smaller Continental would be offered as a four-door hardtop sedan and a four-door convertible on a 123-inch wheelbase – more than a foot shorter than the huge 1960 Continental – and both models would feature "suicide" rear doors, greatly easing entry and departure for back-seat passengers. The convertible top was very convenient to use; the driver simply pulled a T-handle, which opened the rear-hinged trunk lid and a smaller extension panel, folded and retracted the top, and stored it in the luggage bay. The entire process took less than a minute.

The Motorcar Offered

This Black Satin over Red leather Continental Convertible left the Wixom, Michigan factory on November 20, 1963—two days before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an incident that would forever cement the Lincoln Continental Convertible in history. Bound for Washington, the Continental only briefly resided with its first owner before being purchased by the present owner and her husband in 1966. Living in Ohio at the time, the big convertible provided ample space for the family of five.

Moving to Florida some time ago and taking the Continental with them, the family has mechanically maintained the big Convertible, which is said to run and drive. Never taken apart or restored, the car has taken on a rich patina in its interior, where the seats are worn but are largely serviceable.

1963 is arguably the best and most desirable year for the Continental. In the care of a single family for nearly fifty years, this elegant Convertible Sedan is ready to motor off into the sunset with its next owner.

Without reserve

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Re: 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Sold for US$ 15,400 inc. premium

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