Saturday, January 24, 2015

15k: Sue Has Side Doors: 1961 Lincoln Continental Hardtop

 The 4th generation Lincoln Continental (1961-1969) is one of the most recognizable cars with a Lincoln badge on it that hasn't been driven around by a xanaxed Matthew McConaughey.  The suicide door equipped Conti gets plenty of screen time (Goldfinger, The Matrix, etc) but values are still low enough that the average Joe can afford one...for now.  Find this 1961 Lincoln Continental Hardtop here on eBay offered for $14,900 buy-it-now or make-offer located in San Pedro, CA.  Tip from Ignacio.

This Continental has been (recently?) given a fresh coat of dark blue paint and looks really nice in the seller's photographs.  However, good paint prep is extremely important for long paint life-- get it wrong and 6 months later the car looks like its been to Disneyland without an MMR booster.

The seller of this car is probably not an accomplished flipper, because those guys always detail the engine bay and would respray the air cleaner, valve covers, and oil pan....which is the first thing I would do to this car after buying it -- not for resale value, but so that I wouldn't be embarrassed about poping popping the forward hinged hood and exposing the 7.0 liter V8 that puts out 315 horsepower and 465 ft-lbs of torque. And you'll need all that torque to get the slab sided Lincoln's 5000 lbs of meat headed down the road.

When introduced in 1961, the Elwood Engel designed Continental was only available as a 4-door, even when available with a soft top.  The interior on this one is not bad, but it is a little dirty and could use a good scrubbing.  It doesn't look like the doors and jambs were painted and an in person inspection would be necessary to understand the true condition of the car.  Subtract a few grand from your offer if you see signs of overspray, poor masking, or various paint anomalies. 

See another big classic for less?


  1. It is amazing how relatively inexpensive one of those things can be to purchase. I'm sure the repairs would be brutal, but it makes it so tempting.

  2. If you are going to be pop(p)ing the the foward hinged hood, I hope would do so whilst grabbing your mitre.........that said I love these cars and the '61 front end. I would rather have the original car without the sellers redo ......cause based on the engine bay l it ooks to me that the car had been left to sit, Also it has early nineties plates..........wonder where the original yellow ones went. And for those of you who don't live on the West Coast and constantly perplexed by the reference to license plates, believe it or not there is a premium for original California way to tell is the presence of model year license plates.

    Looks to be a moot point as it is gone

  3. @Woodie Man , the owner probably threw the yellow plates in the trash in 1963

    If it had the California plates that the original owner drove it with, assuming the original owner drove it for at least 3 years) they would be black 1963 A** *** plates.

    My family had a dozen or so consecutive ASH *** black plates, My grandfather would go the the DMV and pick up all the plates at once, and the last year California retired all the plates was in 63.

  4. @Hugh mistake you're correct. I forgot. The black/yellow plates were handed out to all in '63. That and my mispelling of Fo(r )ward in my crack about DT's mis typing of the word "popping" leave me with prodigious amounts of egg on my kisser

  5. This is a great color and presentation for the buck. The best of the slab sided sixties right here. 5of us high school buddies drove to school in one every day and when you stepped on the gas a huge low air suction bwaaaa came from under the hood and nothing else would happen.

  6. I like it a bunch. Much less dramatic in this blue the the often seen black wit dubs look.


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