The grille is restyled slightly, with the headlight clusters integrated into the egg-crate grille. The body was fitted with flush-fitting front and rear bumpers and revised taillamps. The first three digits is the which gives the make of the car. Production commenced at Wixom Assembly in November 1994. Along with an oil pressure warning light, the dashboard was given indicator lights for an open trunk and the cruise control if on. The roofline underwent several changes, with the adoption of flat side glass replacing curved window glass.
In place of the C6 3-speed automatic transmission was an all-new 4-speed Automatic Overdrive Transmission. It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 7. While front-wheel drive is standard, this generation marks the first use of all-wheel drive on a Lincoln Continental, but depending on trim, all-wheel drive is either optional or standard equipment. Both engines were discontinued for the 1983 model year, replaced by the fuel-injected 5. While only approximately 2 inches narrower, the 1980 Continental shed 10 inches of its wheelbase and 14 inches in length. The only acceptable score after their thorough testing was 100 percent.
In contrast to the Mark series, the fifth-generation Continental was not offered with any Designer Series editions. Archived from on 17 February 2017. In a similar fashion as the Skyliner, to access the trunk for storage, the deck lid was opened electrically without raising or lowering the roof. Subsequently, all United States presidential limousines have been constructed as armored vehicles. Interest from well-off friends was high; Edsel sent a telegram back to Michigan that he could sell a thousand of them.
Oxford University Press — via Google Books. For the cost of a new Lincoln, you can park one of these symbols of quality, good taste, and engineering excellence in your driveway. The rear-wheel vehicle is powered with a 414 hp 6. As a consequence of the smaller trunk space, the spare tire was mounted behind the trunk; while disappearing on American cars, the remained a feature on European-produced cars. The convertible underwent several equipment revisions for the first time, adding a glass rear window and the top mechanism added a second hydraulic pump for opening the convertible roof and the trunklid making the two systems separate ; hydraulic solenoids were deleted from the top mechanism. As of 2015, the 1948 Lincoln Continental and 1948 Lincoln were the last cars produced and sold by a major U.
In 1959, Lincoln added the Limousine and Town Car bodystyles; the latter marked the first use of the Town Car name by Lincoln. A larger Lincoln was on the way for 1964, and a myriad of changes were made for the 1963 model year to provide increased interior room, so concerns were being addressed. For the outboard front seats, shoulder seatbelts were added. All examples were given a color-keyed vinyl roof with a color-keyed leather interior with trim exclusive to the package. Curved side glass made its return with less obvious , to increase interior room. As a result of numerous frame reinforcements in comparison to the sedan , the 5,712 pound 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible is one of the heaviest passenger cars ever sold by Ford Motor Company. At the top of the engine lineup, the Continental is fitted with a 400 hp 298 kW 3.
In a short three years, Lincoln had completely turned things around. While largely done in an effort to increase center console space, the layout is a similar approach to and designs of the 1950s though the Continental is also fitted with paddle shifters as standard equipment. The 460 cubic-inch V8 returned as the standard engine, becoming available from 1970 to 1977; from 1970 to 1972, the 460 remained exclusive to Lincoln. When the new owner received their car, it was ready for them. In its focus on fuel economy, the Panther platform was developed without the use of the 400 or 460 V8s powering full-size Lincoln-Mercurys throughout the 1970s. In mid-1958, Lincoln was struggling against Cadillac, with its lack of profitability putting the future of the division at risk. Despite this, an attractive update gave the Imperial an impressive new appearance.
In contrast to the Zephyr and in a massive change from the K-Series Lincoln , the hood sat nearly level with the fenders. Using a 131-inch wheelbase, the 1958 Continentals are the longest-wheelbase sedans ever built by Ford Motor Company. The marketing decision proved successful; boosted by the introduction of the two-door body style, the model range increased sales by 36%. Unlike most tilt-adjustable columns that employ a lever-activated locking pivot joint just behind the steering wheel the Lincoln version employed a vacuum-actuated clamp, a dash-mounted height indicator window and a pivot point much further down the column. The addition of a horizontal brushed-chrome strip that ran along each side of Continental, along with plentiful two-tone color combinations, gave it a more conventional appearance in comparison to the Cadillac. Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946—1975 4th ed. The production Continental has larger sideview mirrors, larger air intakes in the front fascia, and red-colored brake lights.
Coinciding with the 1975 introduction of the , Lincoln and Mercury sought to better visually differentiate their two flagship model lines, in spite of their mechanical commonality. In an effort to price the Continental more competitively, Lincoln deleted a number of previously-standard features, making them extra cost options. The only engine available was the 430 cu in 7. Cadillac remained the best selling luxury car in the land by a wide margin, and while Lincoln had closed the gap a bit, Cadillac was still way out in front. All three engines were fitted with the 4-speed. Above: The 1963 Lincoln Continental came with a Two-Year, 24,000-Mile Warranty that covered almost every aspect of the motorcar, except for normal replacement items such as wiper blades, and it didn't cover normal wear and tear from use.
As part of federal regulations, a 5-mph bumper was added to the rear, leading to a redesign of the rear bumper; the taillamps were moved from inside the bumper to above it. For 1972, several functional changes were made, as the 460 V8 decreased in compression; though intended to decrease emissions and adapt to unleaded gasoline, output dropped. Designed by , the Lincoln Continental became one of the first American cars equipped with a 4-wheel disc brake system as an option. For 1977, the Lincoln Continental would undergo another exterior revision. Quick access to automobile-catalog website - - type in a browser: a-c. Intended as a cosmetic option package, the Williamsburg Edition was the only Continental or Town Car sold with two-tone paint; the edition also standardized a number of options. The convertible remained offered solely as a four-door.
As all Continentals wore padded roofs, Continental Town Cars were largely differentiated by two-tone paint. Available only in black, both versions were built with a model-specific formal rear roofline with a padded roof; the Limousine featured a partition between the front and rear seats. First, to instill design continuity, Lincoln would adopt a model cycle distinct from Ford or Mercury, moving from three years to eight or nine. For 1979, the interior underwent further updating, as the Mercury-sourced dashboard received additional wood trim. By 1964, the Continental had a three-inch-longer wheelbase and a larger trunk.