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Dr. Strangelove
post Sep 17 2007, 12:11 PM
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In 1961, the Continental was completely redesigned by Elwood Engel. For the first time, the names Lincoln and Continental would be paired on a car other than one in the Mark series. The design was originally intended to be the new 1961 Ford Thunderbird, but the concept was enlarged and slightly altered before being switched to the Lincoln line by Robert McNamara. One of the most striking features of the new Continental was its size. It was two feet shorter than its predecessor. So much smaller was this car, that advertising executives at Ford photographed a woman parallel parking a sedan for a magazine spread. The new Continental's most recognized trademark, front opening rear doors, was a purely practical decision. The new Continental was a unibody design, and there simply was not the structural strength to front-hang the heavy rear doors in the convertible model. To simplify production (in the beginning, anyway), all cars were to be four-door models, and only two body styles were offered, sedan or convertible. Therefore, the rear doors were hung from the rear and opened from the front. This "suicide door" style was to become the best-known feature of 1960s Lincolns. The 1961 model was the first car manufactured in America to be sold with a 24,000 miles (39,000 km) or 2-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. Harold W. Johnson was head of Lincoln Continental division at the time. Efforts to find a new longer-life tire were conducted by Jacques Bajer at his asking.

The 1961 Lincoln Continental was really Engel's design masterpiece. Even the dashboard was his design. This may have been the last time a single individual was responsible for the complete design of a production car. The 1961 Lincoln's striking, understated elegance immediately won a major design award and was widely copied by other manufacturers -- note the similarity of the 1963 Cadillac and the 1963 Buick Electra.

[edit] Kennedy Limousine SS-100-X

For the Kennedy White House, the Secret Service purchased a convertible parade limousine custom built by Hess & Eisenhart of Cincinnati, Ohio from a 1961 Lincoln 4-door convertible. Code named the SS-100-X, it was in this car that JFK was assassinated in 1963. By that time, the front of the car had been updated with the grille/headlight/bumper assembly from the 1962 model. After the assassination, the limousine was returned to Hess & Eisenhart, where it was repaired and retrofitted with full armor and a fixed roof. It subsequently continued in service for the White House for many years. This world-famous car is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Also, its Johnny Drama's car in HBO'S Entourage, you see it in the opening credits. The second pic is LBJ driving his. Sorry for all the presidential stuff, but I had some trouble finding some good pics of this car. IMO one of the best cars to come out of America. This is in my lottery ticket garage. Ice cold IMO.
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post Sep 18 2007, 06:09 AM
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Uncool. It does nothing for me.
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- Dr. Strangelove   '61 - '67 Lincoln Continental 4 door convertible   Sep 17 2007, 12:11 PM
- - moethepaki   The hardtop is ice cold. Is this the Lincoln from ...   Sep 17 2007, 01:17 PM
- - clarkma5   Certainly one of the coolest, cleanest, and classi...   Sep 17 2007, 01:40 PM
- - Mitlov   Uncool. It does nothing for me.   Sep 18 2007, 06:09 AM
- - fiber optic   QUOTE(moethepaki @ Sep 17 2007, 04:17 PM)...   Sep 18 2007, 07:56 AM
- - CarDesigner'09   A neighbor of mine had one of these, it was in rea...   Sep 22 2007, 12:29 PM
- - Synesthesia   I'm voting frozen for the hardtop (despite the...   Sep 24 2007, 08:02 AM
- - redlinehappiness   "VICTORY!"   Sep 24 2007, 12:32 PM
- - Razor   QUOTE(Synesthesia @ Sep 24 2007, 12:02 PM...   Sep 24 2007, 03:35 PM
- - Dr. Strangelove   Pickup trucks and that saturn compact that had a s...   Sep 26 2007, 09:52 AM
- - bing5500   QUOTE(Dr. Strangelove @ Sep 17 2007, 04:1...   Sep 26 2007, 10:49 PM
- - pervert   Car from the opening sequence of Entourage right? ...   Sep 30 2007, 03:21 AM
- - geroge08   The picture car is very nice. It can do we have so...   Sep 28 2008, 08:16 PM
- - Razor   QUOTE(geroge08 @ Sep 29 2008, 12:16 AM) T...   Sep 29 2008, 07:26 AM
- - 350Z   They get the continental fixed up in entourage, th...   Sep 29 2008, 08:04 AM
- - infinity935   QUOTE(geroge08 @ Sep 29 2008, 12:16 AM) T...   Sep 29 2008, 01:30 PM
- - clarkma5   Spammer. He's banned.   Sep 29 2008, 01:46 PM
- - infinity935   Incoherent spammers...how effective.   Sep 29 2008, 02:00 PM
- - TopGearFan   i think that lincoln looks like a dictators car   Sep 30 2008, 07:32 AM

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