In the days of John F. Kennedy, the country embraced a sense of luxurious style. One car that received plenty of acclaim for its looks during this era was the Lincoln Continental.
Strangely enough, the 1961 Lincoln Continental didn’t start out as a Lincoln at all. Instead it was supposed to be the Ford Thunderbird model for that year. When it came out as the Continental, critics were writing rave reviews about the unique characteristics this car had.
First, the Continental comes with suicide doors that open from the rear, giving passengers better access to the back seat. The reason for the suicide doors wasn’t intended for style, instead it was because the vehicle was so much smaller than other vehicles of the time. The Continental was more than a foot shorter than any of the previous Lincolns, and during the design phase engineers discovered they weren’t able to get in and out of the vehicle using doors that open from the front.
This car also has solid unibody construction that made it very popular with drivers of the time and today’s collectors. This construction gives riders an extremely comfortable ride – a ride of luxury that so perfectly matched the ambiance of the 1960s. Because of the weight and solid build, Lincoln used the 430 cubic inch V8 engine to power the Continental. This engine was one of the largest produced in 1961 model vehicles, which gleaned it the nickname “the Bulldozer.”
Aside from the body of the vehicle, the Continental also has walnut paneling on the doors, helping to further embrace the sense of luxury. Classic car enthusiasts looking to remodel a 1961 classic car they purchase at auction will want to be sure to keep the walnut paneling if it still exists, or recreate it to reflect the original paneling the original owners of the Continental remember so well.
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