When you want the finest, this is THE ONE. This 1961 Lincoln
Continental convertible has been restored to the kind of prestation
that gets you invited to concourses. So when you demand the best in
vintage luxury, power, and prestige, take extra time going over
this triple-black icon.
We have a long receipt file documenting over $200k in the frame-off
restoration, and we understand exactly why it's worth every penny.
After all, this was the year that launched the rolling opulence
that is this four-door drop-top. Black is tough to get correct, but
actually the key to a top-notch restoration like the one seen here
is quite simple. All you need to do is invest heavily in the best
paints and a very professional hand applying it. So now every time
you take this sunshine-friendly convertible out for a cruise, the
daylight radiates off the dark finish like they covered it in a
black mirror. And these pictures show how evenly the light rolls
off every surface, which means there was obviously plenty invested
in the body, too, to make sure this black had the best canvas
possible. You can really see the difference that comes from the
extra time crafting the restoration. Just look at the way the long
sides look nearly seamless over the hallmark suicide doors. Lincoln
won major awards for this design, even outside of the car field.
After all, in the era of over-done chrome, they integrated it with
grace. It's everywhere from the way the front bumper cradles the
quad headlights to the trim that crisply defines the full length of
the profile. You'll really love the full presentation - right down
to the whitewall tires that give this the sophistication of a
finely pressed tuxedo.
Open any one of the iconic suicide doors, and you're greeted to an
amazing-looking interior. We have receipts for over $43k from the
master at OCD Coachworks just for the interior alone. It's the kind
of supple feeling upholstery that Lincoln strived to provide when
this was brand new. And because this is a true luxury machine, it's
loaded with rarities for its time, including a power front seat,
power windows, and the smooth action of the power convertible top.
You'll even spot the rare Speed Control dial under the dash for an
early version of cruise control. There are more great factory
features like the AM radio and air conditioning (both are there to
complete the display and can be serviced to return the full
function.) The steering wheel has an amazing nostalgic feel, and
beyond that is a gauge package that looks like it was made by a
If you've been admiring the elegant work to get the interior and
exterior back to day-one status, then you'll need to check out the
engine bay, too. The large 430 cubic-inch MEL V8 is the correct
spec for this car. It has the glossy black look of a fresh full
restoration, and so even the colorful and correct decals reflect
off the dark metal components. It looks like a time capsule back to
1961, and because this package was fully rebuilt, it also runs like
a brand new car. As you look at the undercarriage photos, you
really begin to understand the full gravity of what a nut-and-bolt
restoration brings. And while this has the comprehensive quality
that you could park this artwork in your living room, it also is
terrific to have out on the road. The long wheelbase helps deliver
a Lincoln-worthy smooth ride. Plus, you have the best easy driving
features of the time, such as power steering, power brakes, and a
three-speed automatic transmission.
This is the year that launched a legend, and this one has been
given the big investments to give it legendary status. If you
demand the best, you know no other will do.