The Auburn Auction

Lot 19
1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Selling on Saturday Evening

1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible
From the Collection of Noted Lincoln Collector and Restorer Gordy Jensen

CHASSIS NO: 3Y86N413620

• Recently completed, show-quality comprehensive restoration by marque expert
• Elegant presentation
• Highly desirable American design icon
• Well-optioned, including cold factory air-conditioning
• Highly detailed and ready to be exhibited

430 cid OHV V-8 engine, 320 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 123”

After the baroque, heavily sculpted and chrome laden 1958 to 1960 models, Lincoln designers went back to the drawing board to create a clean, modern new car that would debut in 1961. Focusing on elegant simplicity, the line would be pared down to a single model, the Continental, which would be offered only as a four-door sedan and as a four-door convertible, with the latter being the last of its kind to be built by a Detroit automaker, when the model was discontinued in 1967. The new Continental, created under the leadership of Elwood Engel, was smaller than earlier models, but continued to utilize unit-body construction. The decision to downsize the Continental resulted in one of its most distinctive features: suicide-style rear doors, as there was simply not enough room between the wheel wells for four doors, and a generous rear passenger seat without hinging the back doors at the rear.

In order to accommodate an ultra-low ride height, the Continental boasted an innovative driveshaft that was lowered as far as possible to reduce the interior tunnel. Other advanced features included extensive factory rustproofing, curved window glass, and a standard two-year 24,000-mile factory warranty, which was the first of its kind offered on an American car. Each Continental underwent exhaustive road testing prior to its delivery to its original owner. The automotive writers of the day complimented Lincoln on its minimal design changes, with Jim Wright of Motor Trend (July 1963) stating: "At first glance, it's not easy to tell a 1963 Continental from a 1962—or even a 1961, for that matter. Planned obsolescence just isn't cricket in a car that costs upwards of $6,200, so styling changes from year to year are very subtle." This continuation of design also rewarded Lincoln owners with improved value retention at trade-in time, which was something earlier Lincolns hadn't seen. It is no wonder that the model was such a lasting success, with a styling theme that would be used through the end of the decade, and it has become a hallmark of Lincoln design.

The well-equipped Continental offered here includes power seats, power vent windows, factory air-conditioning, and automatic headlight dimmers. Recently, the current owner commissioned a no-expense-spared, every nut and bolt, correct restoration by noted 1960s Lincoln restoration expert Rich Liana. All cosmetic, mechanical and electric components of this rust-free car have been totally rebuilt and are in excellent working order. Upgrades added during the restoration include a set of wide whitewall radial tires and a stainless-steel exhaust system. Attention to detail is evident in every area of this exceptional automobile. The engine bay is highly detailed with correctly marked and coded hoses, clamps, decals and proper paint finishes done to show standards.

Finished elegantly in the understated and regal factory original color scheme of Inverness Green with contrasting sumptuous cream leather seats, this iconic, show-quality Lincoln has yet to be shown at a concours or club event, presenting an opportunity for the next owner to exhibit and enjoy this truly remarkable car.

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