Stunning early Continental convertible. Paint, interior, chrome all refinished seven years ago. Loaded with features, including factory A/C. Convertible top works properly. Very solid, no rust, no accident damage. Excellent example of a very expensive car to restore.
This Continental is finished in code N Platinum, which really is light blue, and it emphasizes the car’s clean lines quite well. It was extensively refinished about seven years ago, including paint, chrome, and upholstery and still shows extremely well. Starting with an ultra-clean southern car certainly helps, particularly with these Continentals, which are unit-body cars.. The finish remains in excellent condition, showing some very minor signs of use but nothing noteworthy, and all four doors still swing open and closed like a bank vault. Panel gaps are very good, which is important on a light-colored car, and both the forward-tilting hood and power deck lid snug down flush. The chrome restoration on this car cost nearly $30,000, and included both bumpers, all the trim along the tops of the fenders and doors, headlight rings, rocker moldings, and the aforementioned panel between the taillights. The point was not a show car, but rather to buy a good car and take it up a new notches.
The black leather interior was completely restored with new hides on both seats, new carpets throughout, and beautifully restored door panels with genuine wood inserts. There’s more real wood on the dashboard, which uses brushed stainless to great effect, offering gauges that look futuristic without being gimmicky, and the woodgrained wheel does warm up the all-black interior. As a top-of-the-line car, Continentals came loaded with standard features like power windows (the windows drop down a few inches when the doors are opened to make a better seal), power steering, power brakes, and an AM radio. Other features on this car include a power front seat, tilt steering column, and factory A/C, which is operational but not terribly effective—there are only those two vents in the center stack and that’s a lot of space to cool! Even the clock works, ticking away reliably. The convertible top mechanism is descended from the Ford Skyliner retractable hardtops of the late ‘50s, so its operation should look familiar: hit the button and the latches automatically release themselves from the windshield header. The trunk lid powers itself open and the top folds away into the massive trunk compartment. A small trim panel folds up into place and the whole assembly lowers itself flush so there’s no top stack, no boot, nothing to interrupt the smooth, clean Continental’s lines. With the top up, the trunk offers enough space for a month-long road trip, as well as a full-sized spare tire and jack assembly hidden in the driver’s quarter panel.
The Continental used Ford’s 430 cubic inch V8 rated at 300 horsepower and a towering 465 pounds of torque. It wasn’t about speed, but rather effortlessness, and even with 5200 pounds to pull around, performance is brisk. The engine starts easily and idles well once it’s off the choke, and it has been neatly finished in traditional Ford Blue with black accessories. These have proven to be extremely reliable machines and service is still easy with great parts availability, so feel free to get in and enjoy the car. On the road, it pulls the big ragtop up to speed without any drama, and seems to enjoy being driven hard instead of gently—either way, it’s responsive and torquey.
A 3-speed automatic transmission was the only choice, and it, too, is a reliable traveling partner. The unit-body construction is quite evident in the nearly flat floors, and the car relies on heavy box-section rocker panels for its structure, so it’s a relief to see that these are in excellent condition with no signs of previous rust damage or accident repair. The floors are solid, protected by a light dusting of undercoating and there’s a new dual exhaust system that’s suitably hushed under all circumstances. 2.89 gears in the monstrous rear end mean this is a superlative highway cruiser and thanks to recent shocks, the ride is luxury car plush. Remarkably, this massive car sits on factory 14-inch steel wheels with simple hubcaps, and they carry 225/75/14 whitewall radials with lots of life left in them.
Given the cost of restoration, it always makes sense to buy the very best car you can afford. This lovely 1962 Continental convertible offers a lot of high-quality restoration work, a fantastic original color combination, and, perhaps most importantly, a fully operational convertible top. Early Continentals seem to enjoy a preference among collectors for their cleaner, purer design, and it’s hard to argue against it when the results look this good. Call today!
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