This is a Coronation Coupe, per Chris Dunn of Lincoln and based on pictures. In 1966, Lincoln had their limousine builder, Lehmann Petersen in Chicago, build a show-car version of their new 2-door model. It was called the Coronation Coupe. It was white with wood trim on the side, a large formal vinyl roof covering the rear side windows and a unique, 12 vertical slat grille. My car is done similarly, but definitely not exactly the same. After speaking with elders in the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club, there are a couple of theories. One is that this car was a prototype or test mule for the show car--- so Lincoln could see what they liked and didn't like. Another is that this car was built for the Ford family. I like the last one. In one of the dash pics, you'll a small lion figure in the lower right hand corner of the dash. Possibly for the Detroit Lions. Who owned the Lions-- oh yeah, the Fords. I have no proof of either theory. I contacted the Henry Ford Museum and the records for 1966 and other years were lost in a fire.
So far as the condition of my car, I'd say its between fair and good. Its a 20-footer. There are rust bubbles just above both of the rear wheel wells, shown in the pics. Other than those, the paint isn't too bad-- a light buff out could help quite a bit. While the show car had real walnut on the side, my car has vinyl applique like you would find on a station wagon. I don't know if my car was built that way for practicality or changed over later as a cheap repair option. I think all the trim around the wood is in tact. My grille, shown in a picture, is the 12 vertical slat one used exclusively in the Coronation Coupe. Standard 66 coupe grills did not have vertical slats and 67's had 7.
The cloth interior has some of the mouton carpeting used in the show car. It also has the horizontal rear seat reading lights from the show car-- a standard coupe has round ones controlled from an armrest button. I think the stain on the driver's seat is from water damage. It may clean up. There was a leak in the windshield that caused it, but I fixed the leak so it should at least stop getting worse.
The car starts and runs pretty well. It has a knock when its cold, but that largely warms out of it. Many newer parts including a carb rebuild, brake master cylinder, ac compressor, power window motors/switches. All new exhaust including both manifolds.
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