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Interesting Finds: 1962 Lincoln Continental

Classic luxury with suicide doors


Crossing the auction block earlier this year at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale was a beautiful 1962 Lincoln Continental. Finished in a Sultana White over red leather color scheme, this big luxo-sedan had a two-barrel carbureted big-block 430cid V8 mated to a dual-range automatic transmission – a powertrain good for 300 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The seller stated that this car had new engine seals, a new fuel pump, and a new radiator. It sold at no reserve for $44,000.

This luxury car came from the fourth generation of the Continental lineup and was well-appointed for its time, with power brakes, power steering, power windows, woodgrain accents, and a push-button radio. One of the unmistakable exterior features of the Continental is its “suicide” rear-hinged rear doors – perfect for chauffeuring dignitaries and business executives from place to place.

The fourth-generation Continental ran through model year 1969 and continues to be a popular platform for collectors around the globe. Check out the listings on ClassicCars.com if you are interested in joining the Continental ownership ranks yourself!

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. They were small compared to Cadillac and imperial of the same era. Actually lost sales because the back seat leg room was not increased until 1964. There was no all vinyl interior so perhaps the interior of this car was done over incorrectly. Also I notice no Ac so it sold for more than one would expect. Thanks for the write up and video.


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