Lincoln is reaching into a lot of its heritage these days, which is
reminding us all of some great cars. Arguably there's no better one
than the Continental four-door convertible. And in the case of this
1962 model, everything represents the luxury icon nicely, right
down to its elegant triple-black style.
It was quite a daring feat to put four doors on a convertible, and
especially so with those rear-hinged suicide doors. What's amazing
is that the designers wrapped this bold idea in a modern 1960s
design that showed restraint from being too outrageous with sheet
metal. That's how an elegant icon was born. This one likes to show
off its sophistication with a piano-like black. It has the right
luster to showcase the good body panels, and overall, it has the
right look for you to get some serious respect at stoplights any
time you want to do an Entourage style pull-ups. The form-hugging
chrome bumpers, the intricate grille, and trim lines that run the
length of the car all give this the right amount of jewelry for
this formal level of presentation. But we also like that there is a
driver-ready feeling to the full package so that it never makes you
hesitate to take this out for a drive.
Open any one of the iconic suicide doors, and you're greeted with
an attractive black interior. So the paint, convertible roof, and
interior come together to give you a terrific triple-black
presentation. The seats have the beautiful look of a more recent
investment, the door panels have classic wood-like inserts, and the
full package is quite complete. A premium Lincoln means plenty of
features. This includes power locks, fold-down armrests in both
rows, and while the factory AM radio is on display, there's a
digital tuner cleanly mounted below the dash for better driving
music. There are also provisions for both a power front seat and
air conditioning (they will need servicing to full function again.
What you're going to like the best is that power windows and a
power convertible top combine so that you never have to leave the
driver's seat to go from enclosed luxury to fully open to the
The sporty forward tilt hood gives a great view of the large 430
cubic-inch MEL V8. It has a detailed setup, and the recently
repainted classic blue on the air grabber and valve covers make for
a nice focal point. Topper with a four-barrel carburetor, there's a
nice power flow to keep this drop-top moving with authority. The
three-speed automatic transmission works with a smooth suspension
to make for a solid cruiser. It even has newer components like the
driveshaft and rear leaf springs. Plus, power brakes and power
steering make this a true go-anywhere luxury driving machine.
This Continental is a model of true Lincoln elegance. So when a
triple-black standout is up for grabs, it's time to pay attention.
1962 Lincoln Continental
Location:Concord, North Carolina
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