The Auburn Auction

Lot 54
1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible

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1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible
From the Collection of Noted Lincoln Collector and Restorer Gordy Jensen

CHASSIS NO: 7Y86G819842

• Stunning, show quality, no-expense-spared restoration by marque specialist
• Final iteration of the iconic four-door convertible
• Rare, highly desirable factory bucket seat option
• Highly optioned car, including air-conditioning, AM/FM radio and power vent windows
• Striking Cranberry Red with factory two-tone red and white leather interior

462 cid OHV V-8 engine, 340 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"

The 1961 Lincoln made a bold styling departure from its 1958-1960 designs with the company’s first use of extremely flat body panels with neither the heavy sculpturing nor roundness of the previous Lincolns, so desired by the sheet metal engineers, to give the body necessary strength. The result was the first “new look” of the car of the sixties, quite unlike any other luxury car on the market at the time. Designed under the direction chief stylist Elwood Engel. The fresh new look was soon to be mimicked by the rest of the automotive industry and it has stood the test of time.

The 1961 Lincoln Continental moved the Industrial Design Institute to award it a coveted Bronze Medal, rare for an automobile. A full 15 inches shorter than its predecessor (and 10 and 15 inches shorter, respectively, than '61 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. Most of the 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 panes, achieving a more formal appearance. In order to provide more rear legroom, the wheelbase was stretched three inches to 126. Front disc brakes were made standard in 1965, and 1966 brought a new sleek skin, with new contours and a sculpted accent line down the side. The curved glass returned. The design continued in production through 1969, but the convertibles were discontinued after 1967.

This beautiful 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible, with its suicide doors, is gorgeous in the original color scheme it left the factory with, Cranberry with white leather interior. The current owner of this Lincoln desired to have the very finest 1967 Lincoln anywhere. To that end, he commissioned well-respected 1961-1969 Lincoln expert and restoration specialist Rich Liana to conduct a show-quality restoration regardless of the cost. The result is this absolutely stunning Lincoln. Loaded with options including rare factory bucket seats, air-conditioning, AM/FM radio and power vent windows. Additionally, it has been fitted with a quality stainless-steel exhaust system. Every aspect of this car has been totally rebuilt and restored correctly and to show standards. No detail was overlooked in the pursuit of perfection. Lincolns of this period are complex and challenging to restore. The opportunity to acquire one of these desirable four-door convertibles with this level of restoration excellence is unique, indeed.

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