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Lincoln Continental

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Continental
Vehicle Model

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The Continental Mark II Scale Model (Ideal Model Kit)
1964 Lincoln Continental (AMT Model Kit)

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Model Kits & Die Cast Cars
A luxury car produced by Lincoln.

The 1940-1941 version was designed by Eugene T. Gregorie.  Edsel Ford wanted a car with European design influences for his 1939 winter vacation in Florida.  Eugene Gregorie sketched (in crayon) the car's design over a blueprint of a Lincoln Zephyr.  The car was such a success that it was put into production.  The basic design remained the same until 1948.


The 1961 Continental was designed by Elwood Engel.  This design won an award from the Industrial Design Institute.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
The 1940-1941 is among "The 25 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time" by Automobile, September 2006
The 1961 is among "The 25 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time" by Automobile, September 2006


Photographs

I Wish I Had That Swing in My Back Yard 1958 Lincoln Continental Art I Wish I Had That Swing in My Back Yard
Artist: Ken Eberts
Car: 1958 Lincoln Continental
Image courtesy CarArt.us
View "I Wish I Had That Swing in My Back Yard" - 1958 Lincoln Continental Art - 83KB
The Art of Elegance 1961 Lincoln Continental Art The Art of Elegance
Artist: Ken Eberts
Car: 1961 Lincoln Continental


Image courtesy CarArt.us
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1972 Lincoln Town Car Continental 1972 Town Car Continental
for $5,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
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1972 Lincoln Town Car Continental 1972 Town Car Continental
for $5,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Convertible by American Custom Coachworks 1978 Mark V Convertible by American Custom Coachworks
for $15,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Convertible by American Custom Coachworks 1978 Mark V Convertible by American Custom Coachworks
for $15,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Hot Rod Lincoln 1978 Mark V "Hot Rod Lincoln"
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Reserve not met ($4,000 high bid) at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
Mecum Auctions
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1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Hot Rod Lincoln 1978 Mark V "Hot Rod Lincoln"
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Reserve not met ($4,000 high bid) at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
Mecum Auctions
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1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Hot Rod Lincoln 1978 Mark V "Hot Rod Lincoln"
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Reserve not met ($4,000 high bid) at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
Mecum Auctions
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1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Hot Rod Lincoln 1978 Mark V "Hot Rod Lincoln"
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Reserve not met ($4,000 high bid) at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
Mecum Auctions
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1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Hot Rod Lincoln 1978 Mark V "Hot Rod Lincoln"
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Reserve not met ($4,000 high bid) at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
Mecum Auctions
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1979 Lincoln Continental 1979
Lincoln-Mercury Public Relations Photograph
Lincoln Continental's traditional luxury, classic styling, and spaciousness has been additionally dramatized for 1979 by an expanded range of special models.  Besides the standard two-door and four-door sedans and the Town Coupe and Town Car (above), the 1979 model year marks the debut of a special Collector's Series to commemorate the final year of the traditional full-sized Lincoln.  In addition, the distinctive Williamsburg Series has been expanded to include seven dual-shade paint combinations.  Functional refinements for 1979 include greater heating-system efficiency for improved passenger comfort and redesigned door and ignition locks for greater theft protection.
View photo of 1979 Lincoln Continental - 3.2MB
1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V 1979 Mark V
Lincoln-Mercury Public Relations Photograph
The Continental Mark V extends its stewardship of the luxury specialty market in 1979 with unique feature models projecting the ultimate in tasteful distinctiveness.  The special models include a Collector's Series Mark to commemorate the final year of the traditional full-sized Mark V, new versions of the four Designer Mark Vs and nine versions of the Luxury Group series (above).  In addition, several new exterior and interior color selections are offered on the standard 1979 Mark V models.
View photo of 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V - 3.6MB
1979 Lincoln Continental 1979 2-Door Hardtop 400ci, Automatic
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $3,500 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
Mecum Auctions
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: June 6, 2011
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: June 6, 2011
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Lincoln Continental Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: June 6, 2011
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Lincoln Continantel Badge spelled "Continantel"
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1990Airbag Investigation
1989 Lincoln Continental
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 19.1MB - 94 pages
classified date 1990Calspan Remote Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Fleet - 1990 Lincoln Continental
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 469KB - 12 pages
classified date 1991On-Site Air Bag Investigation
1990 Lincoln Continental
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 108MB - 284 pages
classified date 1995On-Site Air Bag Investigation
1990 Lincoln Continental, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 53.7MB - 305 pages
February 1996Veridian Remote Air Bag Related Driver Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1992 Lincoln Continental
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 111KB - 10 pages
September 1997Calspan Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Passenger Side Air Bag Related Fatality
Vehicle #1 - 1992 Lincoln Continental
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 500KB - 16 pages
classified date 1995Remote Air Bag Report
1994 Lincoln Continental Signature, four-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 17.7MB - 161 pages
July 1997Calspan Remote Driver Air Bag Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1997 Lincoln Continental
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 213KB - 11 pages
May 2006Calspan On-Site Driver Air Bag Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1997 Lincoln Continental
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 331KB - 15 pages
August 1998Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998 Lincoln Continental
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 631KB - 11 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Lincoln Continental, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 47.2MB - 111 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAgency/Author/Speaker
October 21, 1968Remarks Upon Accepting the New Presidential Limousine Commissioned by the Secret Service.President Lyndon B. Johnson


Model Kits & Die Cast Cars

The Continental Mark II Scale Model (Ideal Model Kit)
1964 Lincoln Continental 3 in 1 Convertible Customizing Kit (AMT Model Kit)

TypeBrandItem #SeriesNameScaleNotes
Model KitIdeal3712The Continental Mark II1:25
Model KitAMT6414-1501964 Lincoln Continental 3 in 1 Convertible Customizing Kit1:25Customized by the Alexander Bros.
Die CastHot WheelsB3836-0714C G1Cereal CrunchersLincoln Continental 1964SmallRed w/Trix Convertible
Die CastHot WheelsK6154-0917K D12007 New Models'64 Lincoln ContinentalSmallMetallic Blue
Die CastHot WheelsK6154-0917M D12007 New Models'64 Lincoln ContinentalSmallMetallic White
Die CastHot WheelsK6154-0918C2007 New Models'64 Lincoln ContinentalSmallMetallic White




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