If you want a big sixties cruiser with plenty of luxury then look no further than this nicely restored 1966 Lincoln Continental.
Lincoln’s came with a massive 462 cubic inch big block V8, an engine that had just been introduced that year. It was a larger, more powerful engine for a car that had also grown in size by another four inches.
Continentals (1961 to 1969) were well known for their suicide doors (the rear doors were hinged at the rear). Interestingly this feature was even carried through to their convertibles with Lincoln being the only American manufacturer producing 4-door convertibles!
1966 was also the first year Lincoln made a two-door hardtop available since the forth generation cars were introduced in 1961.
The instrument panel / dash of the Continental is quite an unusual design. The coupe and sedan came with a cloth and leather interior as standard with full leather available as a $85 option.
Under the hood sits the 462 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor outputting 340 horsepower. This is paired with a Turbo Drive automatic transmission – both standard in the ’66 Continental.
Continentals had an impressive array of standard equipment including powered windows, brakes, steering, front seat and power top for the convertible.
The list also included automatic transmission, emergency flashers, padded instrument panel and sun visors, back-up lights, side view mirror, front and rear seat belts and power front disc brakes.
SOME AVAILABLE LINCOLN OPTIONS IN 1966
|Individually adjustable front seats||$281.40|
|AM/FM push-button radio||$84.70|
|Tilt steering wheel||$60|
|Automatic headlight dimmer||$45.60|
|Automatic speed control||$96.80|
Lincoln produced 35,809 four-door Continental sedans for the 1966 model year at a base price of $5,750 and was the best selling of the three models.
A total of 54,755 Continentals were made that year across three models which was around 36% more than the previous year. Sales were certainly helped with prices being around $600 less than the previously year as Lincoln were determined strove to win over some Cadillac buyers.
With prices being around $600 less that year it was a great incentive to buy a Continental.
This ’66 Continental is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for more photos)