Sunday, October 2, 2016

1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible

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A genuine barn find about a year ago after decades in storage, this 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible is a runner, but not a driver. It’s located in Kingston, Wisconsin and is up for sale here on eBay, where bidding is up to $4,300 and there’s no reserve, so it will find a new owner this week!

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You can see some pretty obvious dents in the rear fender here. The seller tells us the body is pretty decent, but there are some issues with the rear quarters and floors. The seller notes that there is a previous repair on the driver’s floor, but that they don’t think it’s rust-related.

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The clean lines of this generation Continental are very well known, and the black paint, even in poor condition really helps the appearance even more. The brightwork doesn’t look that great, but is intact at least and looks straight.

The tires have been replaced with a used set of whitewalls, and the top mechanism partially works. There is no top itself, though, and the hydraulic mechanism appears to be disconnected. The seller tells us that the 430 cubic inch V8 engine now runs well after a timing gear and chain replacement, but the valve stem seals appear to be gone as the engine smokes while it’s running. The seller also mentions a coolant leak that they haven’t been able to identify yet, although they briefly took the car up to 60 miles per hour. They also mention issues with the power brake booster as the diaphragm has torn due to old age. The seller has also replaced the factory intake manifold and two barrel carburetor with a different one and a four barrel carb, but they are including the original parts with the auction.

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The interior looks like it could use a lot of help. There is no rear seat; the seller theorizes that it was taken out to work on the top mechanism and somehow got separated from the rest of the car. It looks like the front seat might be salvageable for a driver. Would you like to be driving this relatively inexpensive (at the moment) American luxury convertible?


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Do You Remember These Lincolns?

A Lincoln Concept Car

 A 60's Lincoln Continental

 Another Lincoln Continental

Do you remember the Suicide Doors on the Lincoln of the 1960's 

 A Two-Door Lincoln Continental

 A Concept of the New Lincoln Continental

 The Fourth Generation Lincoln Continental

 Another Beautiful Lincoln Continental

 How about some Continental Art?

 Continental Convertible

Continental Luxury in Tuxedo Black

A Ladies Favorite Color Bisk

1990 Lincoln Towncar in Signature Series

How about a Lincoln Cabriolet Continental Convertible

The Lincoln Continental of the 50's with a factory Continental Kit on the rear bumper.

 The same car as above in a Convertible with the Continental Kit on the rear bumper.

Pure Luxury for the rear passengers in the rear of the car.

1959 LINCOLN Continental Mark IV Sedan Art

 1959 Lincoln Continental Convertible

A Vintage Lincoln in my windshield.

1984 Lincoln Luxury Lineup

Source: Internet

Saturday, August 13, 2016

1989 Lincoln MK 7

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Click Here to learn more about this Lincoln Mark V11 and to view other pictures of this car.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

1960 Lincoln Mark VI


1955 Lincoln Capri Rag Top Woody


1953 Lincoln Capri

We tend to see quite a few large, luxurious Lincolns from the sixties, seventies and eighties on Barn Finds, but not so many of the early fifties versions that are famous for their victories in the Mexican Road Races of 1952-54. These are great looking cars that in their day were strong performers and good handling cars, as well.

1953 Lincoln Capri’s, like the one pictured here, had a curb weight of 4340 pounds, were powered by the Lincoln specific four barrel, 317 cubic engine Y-block producing 205 horsepower, and drove through GM sourced hydramatic transmissions. For their day, they were quick cars that really handled well – the Lincoln engine that year produced more power per cubic inch than any other American made motor. In fact, the 1952-55 Lincolns were actually smaller than their predecessors, and all the Lincolns that came after them, and they look quite svelte compared to so many later cars that make us think of Lincolns as boat-like cruisers.

I am not sure what caused Lincoln to name its new top of the line model the “Capri” in 1952. Capri is an Italian island that was becoming known, more in Europe than in America then, as a tourist destination. It had been popular among artists and writers in the late 19th century, so maybe Lincoln product planners thought the exoticism of the name would be appealing to buyers.

It may not have been the name that did it, but the high end Capri handily outsold its lesser sibling Cosmopolitan model for all four years of this generation of Lincolns. In 1953, Lincoln sold 26,640 Capris, which were offered as four door sedans, two door “coupes” and convertibles, compared to just 14,062 of the less expensive Cosmopolitan line (sedans and coupes only).
The 1955 model year was the last for the 1952 design cycle, with few changes in design; the engine for that year was larger at 341 cubic inches, making 225 hp, and that year, Lincoln finally got its own automatic transmission. Annual sales declined to 27,222 units, of which 23,673 were Capris.

With only 12,916 two door “coupes” made in 1953, the black and red example shown in this Craigslist ad in Selkirk, New York, is quite rare now, and seems like it would be a desirable car for any Lincoln fan. This car is said to have been stored since 1964, so it is going to need a complete going over. While the seller claims it is “100% rust free” and “100% complete” with low mileage, a prospective buyer will need to check it out pretty thoroughly. Any missing parts will be difficult to source, and these cars are prone to rust; since it was on the road for more than ten years, it would be more than amazing if it turned out to be truly rust free.

The seller does not say much else other than that the “motor turns” and claims it will be a “super easy restoration,” but that seems quite optimistic to me. There are no pictures or mention of the interior. I’d expect some work will need to be done there, and given that it has power windows and seats, it’s likely electrical or hydraulic work may be needed. The seller admits the bumpers need re-chroming, and the pictures just don’t show enough to be able to tell what else will be required to get this car back on the road. The $9,800 asking price seems steep to me; Hagerty says that would be the price for a daily driving example in “fair” condition. Even if you have good mechanical skills and a well equipped shop, this car will require a considerable amount of work, is certainly worth the effort, just not “super easy.”
1953 Capri “Canyon Runner” –  photo courtesy of Jalopy Journal
At least for me, this 1953 Capri is a great example of a true “barn find.” It’s a car we don’t see that often, it looks great, and will be a fine driver, once the work it needs is done. It appears complete and restorable, and must have a pretty good story to go with it, but as with so many cars we see these days, the high prices of cars in better condition seem to make barn find owners overvalue their cars (it has been on CL for two months now). So, dear readers, what do you all think of this one? Are any of you Road Race Lincoln fans making plans for a trip to the Albany area to make a deal for this car right now?


1958 Lincoln Premiere

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The seller says that this 1958 Lincoln Premier was “untouched for 50 years” and it sure looks great! The car is in Rancho Cucamonga, California and is listed on eBay with a price of $9,000 and no bids. These cars will sell for several times that amount in perfect condition and two-door hardtop cars like this one can be even more valuable, monetarily. This is a 19-foot long, 5,000-pound car so you’ll need a heavy-duty trailer to get this one home. This car is too nice to turn into a pickup, you’ll want to keep this one intact, hopefully.

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The Lincoln Premiere was sold from 1956 to 1960 and this is a second-generation car made from 1958 to 1960. The body on this car looks absolutely solid and almost perfect. The charges from the chrome shop will not be inexpensive, and this car will need a little polishing, or maybe more if you’re going to restore it. It’s nice enough where I’d just make sure the mechanical parts were perfect and drive it as it looks here. The “Suede” color looks great on this car, in my opinion. Maybe a little light color-sanding and polishing and a few coats of wax and you’d be in business.

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This is the only interior photo, unfortunately. I’m not sure why that would possibly be the case in 2016, but it is. And, it seems odd to me that a car that was parked for 50 years has a dash-top note pad. I’m kidding, but it does look like there’s a packet of Post-It notes in there. The Premiere was Lincoln’s mid-level sedan and was replaced in 1960 by the Continental. These interiors are stunning when they’re in perfect condition.

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This is a 430 V8 with a very impressive 375 hp and 490 ft-lb of torque! Just think how this car would have performed if it could have somehow shed a ton of weight. Lincoln, and Mercury, offered a “Super Marauder” version of the 430 engine in 1958 with two four-barrels and 400 hp, the first production car to reach that pinnacle of power. This whole car looks like it would be up and on the street again with a little overdue (by five decades) maintenance; changing all fluids, all rubber parts, etc. It has brand new tires so you can check that off the list, and luckily they aren’t 22″ dubs with spinners! Would you restore this car or just get it working and then slowly tinker with detailing and cleaning it up as you drove it?