Thursday, March 29, 2012

1961 Lincoln Continental

The poor sales encountered by the 1958-60 Lincolns in adverse economic conditions has brought their manufacturer to reason. It is now a single model, smaller, simpler in style, and only available as a four-door sedan or four-door convertible (the first of its kind in the U.S. since the seldom-seen Kaiser) that Lincoln offers. Another unusual feature is the inverted direction to which the rear doors open. This new Lincoln Continental is universally praised for its clean look, and sales accordingly jump forward.

Lincoln Continental
● Introduction: 1960. Construction: unibody. Engine: water-cooled V-8, 7.0-litre, 300 hp, mounted at the front. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a three-speed automatic gearbox. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels, with servo. Length: 539 cm. Top speed: 190 kph. Range: four-door pillared hardtop sedan, four-door convertible sedan.

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