Lot 295 - 1969 Lincoln Continental Mk. III Coupé
|Odometer reading||86,000 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,640|
The Continental Mk. III was the spiritual successor of the limited-production, ultra-luxurious Continental Mk. II, produced by a short-lived Continental division of Ford Motor Company between 1956 and 1957. A vinyl roof in cavalry twill pattern was optional but examples without the vinyl roof were rare, mainly because the roof was made in two pieces and required extra preparation at the factory to conceal the seam. Consequently, its availability was not widely advertised. Some 12,000+ were produced in the first year of production alone and just 95 of these were specified without the vinyl.
This imposing example, in gleaming white with white leather trim, was originally ordered without the Landau Vinyl roof, by Baseball star (and second baseman for the Nashville Vols and Washington Senators) Johnny Mihalic, for his wife Ruth. The options for this car included High Torque axle, six-way power seats, automatic climate control, tinted glass, a special body finish and automatic headlight dimmer, swelling the cost to an eye watering $8,180.61. The car today is in fantastic condition and shows very little sign of its 45 years of age; the chrome and paintwork are extremely good, as is the sumptuous interior and the rare Autronic Eye even works as it should. Having covered just 86,000 miles and having had a full engine and air conditioning and carburettor rebuild, this exceptional example puts Rolls-Royces and Bentleys in the shade, turning heads wherever she goes. A very rare example, presented without the vinyl roof and in a condition that needs to be seen to be appreciated, this American luxury car is, as Ford so eloquently put it "the most authoritatively styled, decisively individual motorcar of its generation".
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