1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible

There's only 16,000 miles on the clock of this beautiful 1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible. This is sixties open top motoring at its finest.

Continental sales had already doubled after the major redesign in 1961 and 1962 saw a further rise of 19 percent. Not much had changed for '62, just a redesigned grille and front bumper. It was clear that Lincoln were doing something right.

Continentals were famed for the wide opening doors that hinged to the body instead of the center pillar. These type of doors were known as 'suicide doors' and were quite popular on much earlier cars from the 1930s.  They were also somewhat unusual having 4-doors on a convertible.

1962 Lincoln Continental Suicide Doors

Suicide doors

The sedan used a combination of nylon and leather but the convertible seats were all leather.

1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible Interior

all-leather interior

The Continental was a luxury car and as such you could expect power brakes and steering, automatic transmission, powered windows and power door locks as standard. There were also nice touches such as walnut paneling on the instrument and door panels.

Interestingly although power seats were an option at $119 and 96% of all continental buyers opted for them - including the original owner of this car.

Every '62 Continental came with a 430 cubic inch V8 engine that output 300 horsepower. This is paired with a Turbo Drive automatic transmission.

Lincoln managed to sell 3,212 Continental Convertibles in 1962. If you wanted one back then it would have cost you $6,720 (base price) which was nearly $700 more than the sedan.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

Lincoln Continental 1961-1969 Performance Portfolio Book

Lincoln Continental 1961-1969 Performance Portfolio by R.M. Clarke

The new Continental for 1961 was a massive success resulting in the styling remaining the same for the rest of the sixties. This book is full of contemporary road tests, tech data, driver reports and long term tests etc.


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