Top-down Lincoln for the open road

Pick of the Day is a 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible

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'Classic Lincolns can be tricky,' says dealer, adding that this one is ready to roll

At some point, this coronvirus impingement will end and we’ll want to be out and about, cruising the highways and byways with our convertible tops down.  A dealership in Fort Wayne, Indiana, suggests the Pick of the Day, a 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible, would be an ideal choice for the open road.

“This is a southern rust-free vehicle,” the dealer notes in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

“Classic Lincolns can be tricky,” the dealership admits. “These cars have a lot of quirks that make then both loved and hated. Parts can be very difficult to find and expensive for 61-67 Continental convertibles. 

‘The convertible top condition and operation should always be your first question when looking for a Continental convertible. Window operation is going to be your next question. The long and flat sides of these cars can also be a nightmare for an inexperienced body shop. 

“Fortunately, this Lincoln is standing pretty tall. The top is in excellent condition and working exactly as it should. The previous owner had the entire power top mechanism serviced by a well-known specialist within the last two years. All of the power windows are moving up and down as they should. The rear-window “drop down” feature is functioning quickly and properly. The A/C, radio, and even the eight-track player are working as they should. 

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“The original 462 engine and automatic transmission are in perfect sync and operating smoothly. The engine compartment is very tidy. The body of the car is impressive. The underside shows no obvious signs of previous rot or repair. The paint shows very nicely with no obvious blemishes. The body is remarkably very straight. The fit of all panels is excellent. 

“All stainless is straight and free of dings. The chrome bumpers appear to have original plating. The bumpers are not rusted or damaged, however they are showing their age. If a prospective buyer was trying to plan any future expenses, chrome bumpers plating should be on the list. 

“The interior is in good condition. The seats have very little areas that show wear. The vinyl is soft and shows well. The carpet is good with a few areas that are worn a little thin. The wide white wall tires are newer and in good condition. The original wheels and hubcaps are in great shape.”

In other words, the car — for sale for $36,000 — appears ready to head out on the highways, once you’re allowed to do so again.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

8 COMMENTS

  1. My Father had that model, though it was a rust color (sorry, don’t know the mfg. name for that) and color match leather seating. The rag-top was a cream color. Was a really nice car…until 1968 when it ‘launched’ into someone’s basement. As my Father said, ‘it got drunk out last night, so I let Sam (GF at the time) drive.’ Parts weren’t cheap back then either; whole front end required replacement, BUT the “Long Block” was over $700+ …….so the Lincoln sat for a few years, under canvas tarp, before being sent to scrapyard.

  2. A nice car no doubt and desirable but it seems odd to me that they wouldn’t have redone the steering wheel wrap…such a little detail but one you see right away…

  3. Funny how things change. I was a mechanic back thru the 70’s-80’s and remember you could pick up a great looking, good running mid 60’s Lincoln for almost nothing.

  4. If everyone who said they had a mid-60’s Lincoln convertible “back in the day” really truly had a mid-60’s Lincoln convertible “back in the day”, there’d be more Lincolns out there than were EVER built.

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