Lincoln consolidated into a single model, with all models replaced by a new Lincoln Continental, its first appearance since 1948. Body styles included a four-door sedan and convertible until the 1966 model year when a two-door hardtop coupe joined the lineup.
While the 1960 Lincoln rested on a 131-inch wheelbase and had a length of 227.2-inches. The new Fourth Generation models rested on a 123-inch wheelbase platform and had a length of 212.4-inches, losing nearly 15-inches in length and 8-inches in the wheelbase. The styling was well-received by enthusiasts and industry professionals alike, winning the Car Life's 1961 Engineering Excellence Award and a Bronze Medal by the Industrial Design Institute (IDI) of New York, NY.
The all-new Continental, designed by Elwood Engel, exuded a commanding presence and was one of the lowest sitting luxury automobile ever built, hiding an innovative driveshaft assembly that was lowered as far as possible to reduce the height of the driveline tunnel inside the car. Build quality was paramount, and each engine was dynamometer-tested for three hours at speeds replicating travel at 100 mph. Each finished car was then road-tested and returned to the factory for correction of any noted defects. A high-pressure water test, inspection, and chassis realignment were performed prior to the factory released the Continental for dealer deliveries.
A mid-cycle redesign occurred for the 1964 model year and the wheelbase gained three-inches, increasing rear-seat space. The prior curved windows glass was replaced by flat side glass, and the rear roofline became additionally squared off. The revised interior was given updated upholstery patterns, fittings, and door panels, and a full-width instrument panel. The front fascia received additional vertical chrome accents to the grille, and the recessed rear grille was replaced by a much simpler decklid with trim panel. A more upright flat grille design was added to the 1965 Lincoln, replacing the prior convex 'electric shaver' design.
Another mid-cycle redesign was applied to the fourth-generation Lincoln Continental in 1966, gaining its first two-door pillarless hardtop since 1960. The new body style and a price reduction of the other body styles resulted in a sales increase of 36-percent.
With the Lincoln Continental hitting its stride for 1966, only minor changes were made for the 1967 model year. The 462 cubic-inch V8 engine of 1966 was carried over to 1967, with a Carter four-barrel carburetor, 10.25:1 compression, overhead valves, a cast-iron block, and delivering 340 horsepower at 4,600 RPM. The mammoth 462 CID V8, used from 1966 to 1969, was the largest-displacement engine ever used in a Ford Motor Company passenger car. They were backed by a SelectShift Turbo Drive automatic transmission and could be purchased with an optional Directed power differential and a high torque axle. A manual air conditioner or air-condition with automatic temperature control was also available, and nearly 97-percent of 1967 Lincolns were equipped with AC. Additional optional features include an individually adjustable power contour seat, recliner, and power-adjustable headrest. The coupes and sedans could be purchased with an embassy roof, and optional safety features included speed control, shoulder belts, and speed actuated power door locks.
The hardtop coupe had a factory base price of $5,550, the sedan at $5,800, and the convertible at $6,450. The sedan was the most popular with 32,331 examples sold, followed by 11,060 of the hardtop coupe, and 2,276 of the convertible.
by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2021
1967 Lincoln Continental
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