From mild to wild, custom cars are the ultimate expression of individuality that invite onlookers to escape mass-production normality to experience the car as a piece of automotive industrial art.
My father had three of these cars as I was growing up.
I remember his first Mark III being a pale yellow with black interior and vinyl roof. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, which would have been 1970-71. Continue reading
(Editor’s note: This feature was written by Renée Crist, collections manager at LeMay – America’s Car Museum, for Classic Car News in recognition of the upcoming presidential election.)
When the subject of presidential limousines comes up, many Americans conjure images of John F. Kennedy waving from the stretched 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible in Dallas, Texas, prior to his assassination. JFK’s limo is arguably the most famous and talked about limousine in American history. Continue reading
Although the Pick of the Day is described as a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, this elegant hardtop was marketed by Ford just as the Continental, a standalone division created to compete with the world’s greatest luxury cars.
The Continental Mark II was sold at Lincoln dealerships, but was nonetheless not a Lincoln for the 1956 and ’57 model years. Only later would Continental become a brand within the Lincoln division. Continue reading
In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, when John and Jacqueline Kennedy had taken up residence at the White House, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.
The historic Lincoln that recalls the excitement and tragedy of the too-brief Kennedy years will be auctioned in Monterey, California, in August at Mecum Auctions sale during Pebble Beach concours week. Continue reading
Edsel Ford was well-known for creating specially built Ford cars for his personal use. During the late 1930s, he wanted a special one-off convertible to use in Florida during the winter, and he asked Bob Gregorie at Ford to design one for him. Gregorie’s custom design was based on the Lincoln Zephyr, but lowered and extended 12 inches. He also removed the running boards.
The car was powered by the fabulous Lincoln V12 flathead engine, partially due to its exclusivity but also because of the car’s tremendous weight. Continue reading
I was kind of intrigued by Hagerty’s graph that appeared here Monday showing the fastest-growing cars by number offered at auction during the past year. Oh, most were the expected Porsches 911s and late-model Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers. But how about number five on the hit parade: 1971-79 Lincoln Continentals. That was kind of unexpected.
Then I stumbled on the Pick of the Day, a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III listed on ClassicCars.com, and I got turned on. This granddaddy cruiser looks pretty sharp with its hideaway headlights and a hood that’s as long as a flight deck. Continue reading
A lot of enthusiasts collect cars that have helped shape their personal history, whether a significant moment in life, something they admired as a child, or the car a mom, dad, or grandparent drove. Cars have always had an impact on society and history, but it’s not every day a collector will find a car that played host to a U.S. president and thus had a role in the nation’s history.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Vicari Auction Company has teamed with Mardi Gras World to host its fifth annual New Orleans collector car auction July 11 during Collector Car Appreciation weekend. The auction is expected to feature up to 200 cars as well as Disney art and items from Pete Vicari’s personal memorabilia collection. Continue reading
It’s tough being the middle child, especially when your older and younger siblings have made major successes of themselves. So it goes for the 1958-1960 Lincoln Continental, whose baroque styling makes it much less memorable than the classic and coveted 1956-57 Continental Mark II or the Mad Men cool squared-rigged Continental that arrived in 1961.
But there are those among us, myself included, who find a certain funky appeal in the over-the-top design of these Lincolns, which were known as the Continental Mark III, Mark IV and Mark V, designating each of their three years of production. (Even Ford seemed to ignore the existence of these cars, coming back in the late 1970s with a new lineup of Continentals repeating the names Mark III, IV and V.) Continue reading