Lot 150 - 1961 Lincoln Continental

Lot 150 - 1961 Lincoln Continental

Lot 150 - 1961 Lincoln Continental

Lot Number 150
Registration 296 XVP
Chassis Number 1Y82H403179
Engine Number S129240J25N
Odometer reading 27,887 miles
Estimate £36,000 - £42,000
  • In very good order throughout
  • A particularly rare model

Designed by Ford Design’s Vice President Elwood Engel, the 1961 Lincoln Continental received a Bronze Medal by the Industrial Design Institute of New York, NY. This institute rarely gives awards to vehicles. It also won Car Life‘s 1961 Engineering Excellence Award. Famed for its rearward hinged rear doors or ‘suicide doors’ as they became more commonly known, this Fourth Generation Lincoln was destined to become one of the world’s most iconic cars, later impounded by the infamous JFK association.

Originally registered in Washington, USA this lovely example has had just two previous keepers from new, the first of whom owned the car for some 28 years. It is the rarest of the fourth generation Continental model with its detailed front grille and curved front windshield. Resplendent in factory special order Honey Beige complemented perfectly by factory special order Broadmoor wool cloth interior, both of which are in superb, time warp condition. The previous vendor was the Lincoln Owners’ Club magazine editor, who owned the car for 31 years maintaining it to a very high standard, winning several senior awards at Lincoln Owners’ Club meetings. The current vendor reports that it glides in a straight line, wafting along with little more than a whoosh from its 7 litre 430 cubic inch V8 that produces some 415 lbs of torque!

This is wonderful example that was recently featured in a 12 page article in Classic Car Magazine. We are sure it will be huge amounts of fun for the new owner and will complement any classic car collection.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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