Saturday, December 20, 2014

15k: Boulevard Bruiser: 1964 Lincoln Continental

The 1964 Lincoln Continental is one of the few sedans to ever beat the 2-doors good, 4-doors bad mantra.  It is probably because the rear hinged back "suicide" doors and B-pillar-less design looks coupe-ish.  Technically, the Elwood Engle designed Continental does have a B-pillar, but it is very thin and looks like window moldings.  Find this 1964 Lincoln Continental offered for $14,500 in SF Bay Area, CA here on craigslistTip from Kaibeezy.

The 4th generation Continental simply exudes coolness from its pores, and is often featured in big budget Hollywood films.  Razor-hat throwing hench-man of few words Oddjob drives one in Goldfinger, the raincoat sporting badasses in The Matrix sucked a bug through Neo's belly button in the back of one, and another was driven by Flounder in Animal House, later turned into the awesome Deathmobile.  No other vehicle gets this much positive attention from Hollywood.

The 430 cubic inch (7.0 liter) Ford MEL big block V8 pushes out 320 horsepower and 465 ft-lbs of torque, but don't expect the car to be fast because 4500 lbs of road hugging weight keeps any quick changes in momentum at bay. 

See a cooler piece of moving sculpture?


  1. did i send that one in? - it's my color, but i don't think i did - gonna post that oldsmobile?

  2. I'm a Lincoln fanatic, especially the Mark Continentals. I love seeing them, and it seems like with Cadillac's glorious new rise people are forgetting about these classy beasts. I actually prefer the later coupes by far, especially the first generation of "designer inspired" Mark Continentals, but this price is an absolute steal for a vehicle who's value can only rise.

  3. I agree, Balls. Somehow the twitchy, bloodshot, crazy eye of the classic car market has not cast its glare on these beauties yet. I would love to own one, but there is no way it would fit in my garage. Come to think of it, perhaps the extreme length of this car, nearly 19 feet, makes it and others like it difficult to store and therefore less collectable. A good master's thesis topic?

    1. Well, it could be the enormous size of the 70s era beasts, or the absurdly underpowered engines, but one way or another they would be difficult to move. That being said, I refuse to believe that there isn't a fairly simple swap somewhere out there since there really wasn't much development on the Continental from the 70s all the way into the 90s. One of those things I've always meant to look more into. I also happen to be a fan of fashion, especially Pucci and have always wanted to re-do a Pucci Mark Continental with a psychedelic Pucci print for a wrap and the product of a ton of work for an interior.

  4. Bought a white'63 w the same color interior 1974 as an impoverished college student. Absolutely perfect condition....for $250.00. Of course gas was .35 a gallon too. I had a Craig hump mounted 8 track and we drove that baby from coast to coast. Never had a problem with it. Drove it through heavy rainstorms in New Orleans to sand storms in Oklahoma to the mountains of Colorado. And never tore the beautiful leather interior! We were respectful of the inherent statliness of the car. Would be fun to have another one though I would need a heftier bank account this time around!

  5. DFRWN-I think you've just successfully rewritten our national anthem, or the Battle Hymn of the Republic, not sure which, but that drive needs to be set to music.


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