1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible  Chassis no. 6Y86G413859
Lot 480
1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible Chassis no. 6Y86G413859
Sold for US$ 22,230 inc. premium
Lot Details
1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Chassis no. 6Y86G413859
By the mid-1960s, Lincoln had clawed its way back to the top of the American luxury market, where it fought a steady battle with General Motors' Cadillac Division.

Although the design of the Lincoln Continental had been largely unchanged since the debut of the 1961 models, it had aged exceedingly well. The chassis had added a couple of inches in the wheelbase, the nose, hood and grille had seen some gentle modifications and trim had also changed a bit.

The buying public didn't seem to think the Lincoln was old hat, because Ford's luxury division still managed to sell about 55,000 units, divided between coupes, sedans and the ever-popular four-door convertible.

The 1966 models used a massive 462cid overhead-valve V8 rated at a muscular 340 horsepower. All new Lincoln Continentals came with automatic transmissions, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, remote mirrors and a host of other luxury features. Although air conditioning was an extra cost option, more than 93-percent of the cars were fitted with it from the factory, while 97-percent of the cars left Dearborn with tinted glass.

This 1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible from the penultimate year of droptop production left the Wixom, MO factory in November 1966 wearing the light blue over blue leather that dons today. Delivered new to Ford's Philadelphia distribution center, careful maintenance since new has obviated the need for a restoration, although the 'Conti was repainted in 1990 and a new convertible top was fitted in 2000. In the care of the vendor since 2007, the record of meticulous maintenance has been continued with the fitting of new stainless exhaust from the headers back, recently replaced brake lines, and rebuilding of the transmission in March of this year.

On a drive with the writer, the car performed admirably. The top executed its dance flawlessly, while the open air motoring experience was made all the more enjoyable by the functioning power features in the car. On the road, performance was smooth and the experience enjoyable.

When the Continental Convertible was discontinued in 1967, it marked the last time any automaker would mass produce a topless four-door car. As such, even today, your options are limited when you and five friends want to enjoy some open-air motoring; but fortunately you are limited to options like this one!
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