My Classic Car: Phil’s 1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III

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Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos
Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos

My father had three of these cars as I was growing up.

I remember his first Mark III being a pale yellow with black interior and vinyl roof. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, which would have been 1970-71.

We weren’t rich by all means. My father owned a bar and the guys that used to come that were not always on the up and up; my father told me this years later, and neither was he. What I mean is these cars were $10k loaded back in the day and I don’t think my father bought it if you know what I mean.

Anyway, these cars were the best built cars of that era. To this day there is no mistaking the sleek lines that still surpass the cars of today.

Design still turns heads
Design still turns heads

A man’s personal luxury car as they were promoted in the day. Total luxury from real wood inlays on door and dash, hideaway headlights, cigar and smoke remover, radials as a standard tire, leather from England, dehumidification system with the auto temp, 460 motor at 365 horsepower on paper (more like 400 hp for insurance reasons/government), 6-way power seats, tilt wheel, power locks and trunk, top speed of 130 and 500 foot-pounds of torque. This is a luxury boat and a Detroit muscle car all wrapped into a low sleek-looking almost sinister at times luxury car.

— Phil Melito, Drexel Hill PA







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