Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #25

Today's car pic is *definitely* different than last week's...


Yes, that's a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible. There's something about the '60s Continentals, and not just because one was used as the Deathmobile in Animal House. There's just a certain something to a four-door convertible, and with suicide doors to boot? Heck yeah.

Of course, some will point to the 1961 model as that's the car that Kennedy was shot while riding in. It's an unfortunate connection, of course, and IMHO it forever tarnished - quite unfairly - the Continental convertible. FoMoCo continued to make the four door drop top for six more years, dropping the four door in 1967. The suicide doors would last two more years after that.

*Sigh* Add another car to the lottery list...

That is all.

3 comments:

Mopar said...

Dropped the 4 door convertible FOR 1967 or AFTER 1967.
I'm pretty sure I've already told the story about the summer loaner of one of these, (in baby blue with white top/interior) and I coulda sworn it was a 1967 (he also had a red '66 4dr droptop). In any case that was a great car, as long as it all worked. The amount of wiring, relays, motors, and worm gears to make that fully powered top work was staggering. You mention the suicide doors, but the hood and trunk lids were also hinged opposite what we usually expect, and when you wanted to retract the top, the trunk would first unlock, open, the boot-cover would flip out, the top would retract, and the trunk would close and latch. All with the push of one button and without the use of electronics.

Jay G said...

1967 was the last year of the convertible, sorry for the confusion.

Ted said...

My father had one when new. As I recall it also had a glass rear window instead of the usual plastic. It too was electric and you had to lower it before lowering the top and the window was canted backwards. It was also before there was a safety feature in the window lowering circuit. Somehow my brother lowered his hand as well as the window.