1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible with 6 Seats and Suicide Doors
Posted: 17 Dec 2009
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Sold For: $50,000
So you want a convertible that will seat the whole family? Then here's your ride, a 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible with 6 seats and suicide doors. It's understandable that this cruise ship is moored at a harbor. Seriously though, this would be great fun around Springtime. From Seller: Professionally restored 'Suicide Door' Convertible-Over $45,000 spent! Exterior: Spanish Red Convertible Top: Black Engine:430 Lincoln CID V-8 (320HP) Transmission: Twin range Turbo-Drive 3 speed auto In 1961 Lincoln introduced an all new car..it was the Lincoln Continental 4/door Convertible with the 'Suicide Doors' It was totally unique to any car currently being produced in the world..it had 4 doors which opened the opposite way from other cars and it comfortably seated 6 full sized adults with room to spare. These 4 door Continental Convertibles enjoyed a production run from 1961-1967. The U.S. government had several specially built cars that were built for Presidential use and as we all know it was such a car that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas,Texas in 1963. If you have never ridden in or driven one of these luxurious 'Land Yachts' then your in for a real treat. These 4 door Convertibles are the probably the most spacious and luxurious Convertibles ever built in the America. They have become highly collectable and are very much sought after..especially in this condition. There are a couple of restoration houses that specialize in restoring these cars..and the cost is very, very expensive! A word of caution..if your wanting one of these incredible cars..then buy one already done..otherwise getting ready to spend well over $100,000! (plus the cost to acquire the car) All the power windows and power vent windows work great. The power seat works perfect in all directions. Beautiful wood grain trim. The Convertible top is 'Poetry in motion' It works exactly like it should. All the lights, horn, switches, defroster/heater/blower work..so does the lighter..but hopefully no one will ever smoke in this timeless classic car! The clock does NOT work..but it is right twice a day. It has the original factory AM radio (inoperative) and working power antenna. We have just installed a great sounding Pioneer modern stereo system with AM/FM Stereo and built in CD player and remote control by World Of Sound in North Palm Beach. They have been in business for almost 35 years and do excellent work. Special Tri-axial Stereo speakers are installed in special enclosures under the seat. The stereo sounds great and seems to come from everywhere. Nothing was done to hurt the originality of the car and the original radio was left in the dash undisturbed. The paint on this car is gorgeous..it looks even better in person. The sides are laser straight..the doors fit perfect and the rear windows lower when the doors are opened. The chrome and trim are beautiful..the restoration was completed 10 years ago but appears like it was just done. We found a few pieces of potmetal they were showing their age so we removed them and are having them professionally replated. The interior, carpeting and convertible top were replaced by the former owner and look fabulous. I took this fantastic car on a drive yesterday from North Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale and back and WOW..what a ride! It cruises down the interstate effortlessly at 75mph..no vibrations.no noises... just a real pleasure to drive..the only thing one has to get accustomed to is the endless amount of 'thumbs up' you'll get when cruising in this gorgeous classic car. Over the past 45 years I have driven at least 35-40 of these 4 door Continental Convertibles.. this is the best driving..best looking one I have ever seen, owned or driven. The winning bidder will not be disappointed. The engine was removed and professionally rebuilt at a cost of $6500 in 2002. A book of receipts for the restoration work is included..approx. $45,000 was spent to complete the task. Included is the original owner's manual and a Motor Trend article on the car.