Automobiles of Amelia Island
13 March 2010
From the Estate of Mr. John O'Quinn
1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Sold for $55,000
- Chassis no. 2Y86H407456
The new 1961 Lincoln started out as a Thunderbird concept. Ford Styling Vice President George Walker had Chief Stylist Elwood Engel round up a team that eventually included John Najjar, Bob Thomas, Joe Oros, John Orff and Colin Neale. Engel told his stylists, “I want a clean car – no garbage.”
A clean car is what he got, created around a Thunderbird cowl. Robert McNamara, Ford’s General Manager who soon became company President, suggested it become a four-door Lincoln Continental. It went into production in November 1960.
The Industrial Design Institute awarded it a coveted Bronze Medal, rare for an automobile. The new Continental was designed for ease of passenger entry: the lack of a wrap-around windshield and use of aft-hinged “suicide” rear doors facilitated this. Novel for the time was a four-door convertible body style, the first since the Frazer Manhattan of 1951.
Sometimes called “Kennedy Lincolns,” several were adopted for the White House fleet. Lyndon Johnson, too, liked the Lincolns, often leading the presidential press corps around the LBJ Ranch at breakneck speed in a car like this one.
Striking in deep burgundy paint with cream interior, this 1962 Continental four-door convertible has excellent paint and body fit throughout. The contours are excellent, essential on these cars where the plain, slightly sculptured sides show every ding and dent. There are no rust bubbles and no flaws except some light surface scratches, which can be rectified quite easily. The chrome is all excellent, as are the stainless steel wheel covers. The dashboard is stellar, though the interior could stand detailing. All upholstery is nicely fitted.
The undercarriage is very nice, indicating a complete restoration some years ago. The engine bay is highly detailed, with only the slightest flaws. The car is highly optioned, with power steering and brakes, air conditioning, power seats and automatic headlight dimmer, as well as an AM radio. The top is power-operated and causes a sensation whenever it is raised or lowered.
A stunning example of the 1961-69 “Kennedy Lincolns,” this car is sure to please a new owner.
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