Post Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:26 am

1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE

Lot 119¤
1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE
US$ 40,000 - 50,000
£26,000 - 32,000
To be sold without reserve

AUCTION 22530:
THE AMELIA ISLAND AUCTION

12 Mar 2015 12:00 EDT

FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB

1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis no. 3Y86N410554
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

*From the most stylish and desirable year of Continental production
*Elegant, original color scheme
*One of the iconic cars of the 1960s
*Offered from a private collection

THE LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

The 1961 Lincoln Continental was a completely new design, based on the 1958 Thunderbird. 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. It stored it in the luggage bay. The entire process took less than a minute.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Kennedy era Lincoln is presented in the scheme with which it was born: Ermine White with a Black leather interior. According to its build plate it would have left the Wixom plant on November 6, 1963, equipped with a 3.00 to 1 rear axle ratio and dual range automatic transmission.

Leap forward 50 years to today, and the car has worn well. On inspection its body lines are particularly straight, something that is often far harder to achieve or retain on straight sided designs than people imagine, and the sometimes tricky top mechanism worked perfectly in all its glory as did its electric windows. Its interior and dash show some age, but not excessively. At the time of cataloguing the car started without complication and on a brief test drive was shown to perform well.

Best summarized with the popular term 'a good driver quality car', it would surely provide a commodious and enjoyable ride, all the while basking in the limelight of one of the great style icons of all time.

Without reserve

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