The Auburn Auction

Lot 26
1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible

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1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible
From the Collection of Noted Lincoln Collector and Restorer Gordy Jensen

CHASSIS NO: 5Y86N426040

• Stunning, show quality, no-expense-spared restoration by marque specialist
• Rare, highly desirable factory bucket seat option
• Highly optioned car, including air-conditioning, AM/FM radio, tilt steering wheel and power vent windows
• Striking Fiesta Red with factory two-tone red and white leather interior

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 hydraulic power front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 126"

Starting with the 1958 models, Lincoln changed from a body-bolted-to-frame design to one of unitary construction. These were the largest Lincolns constructed up to that time and the most immense unibody cars ever, with heavily sculpted, complex bodies and brimming with chrome. Although contemporary with the trends of 1958, they became decidedly dated by 1960. The crisp, new, clean design for 1961 started out as a Thunderbird concept under the direction of chief stylist Elwood Engel. It was Robert McNamara, Ford general manager and soon to become company president, who suggested it become a four-door Lincoln Continental. This was not a simple task, since an evolutionary Lincoln, based on the 1958-1960 design, was already in process. But Engel's design prevailed and went into production in November of 1960.

The Industrial Design Institute awarded the Lincoln Continental a prestigious Bronze Medal, rare for an automobile. A full 15 inches shorter than its predecessor (and 10 and 15 inches shorter, respectively, than 1961 Cadillacs and Imperials), the new Continental was designed for ease of passenger entry: the lack of a wraparound windshield and use of aft-hinged "suicide" rear doors aided in this. A truly elegant addition was the availability of a four-door convertible body style, the first since the low-production Frazer Manhattan of 1951. Design changes over the first three years were minimal. A 1964 freshening restyled the tail end, but also changed the curved side glass to flat panels, which was more cost effective. The wheelbase was stretched three inches to 126, providing more rear legroom, and front disc brakes became standard in 1965 (Cadillac would not offer disc brakes even as an option until 1968). These are sometimes called "Kennedy Lincolns," since several were part of the White House fleet and one of them became heartbreakingly famous in Dallas during November 1963. Some, however, prefer to remember the image of President Johnson leading cars of the intrepid press corps, in a car very much like this one, at astronomical speeds on the LBJ Ranch.

This beautiful 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible, with its iconic suicide doors, is gorgeous in the original color scheme it left the factory with, Fiesta Red with a sumptuous red and white leather interior. The current owner of this Lincoln commissioned well-respected 1961-1969 Lincoln expert and restoration specialist Rich Liana to perform a show-quality restoration in an effort to create the highest quality 1965 Lincoln possible. The results speak for themselves when seeing this incredibly pristine Lincoln. Loaded with options including rare factory bucket seats, air-conditioning, AM/FM radio and tilt steering column. Every area of this car has been totally rebuilt and restored correctly - - and to show standards. No detail had been overlooked in the pursuit of perfection. This is an excellent choice for exhibition, club events, touring in comfort, or to add to any fine collection of cars.

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