The Lincoln Continental went through a lot of changes when the fourth-generation model launched in 1961. Ford corporate management had a goal of creating the finest mass produced automobile of all-time, and in turn built a vehicle that was subjected to a rigorous post-build inspection, which resulted in a rock solid construction. The model went on to change several times throughout the fourth-generation, culminating in this – the 1969 Lincoln Continental.
This particular 1969 Lincoln Continental is a fine example of its breed, and it’s also currently up for sale at Classic Cars. The car has undergone a bit of a restoration, but not something so intricate that we’d be afraid to drive it. As if often the case, this particular Continental has been lowered somewhat with springs in the front and an air suspension.
The exterior of the car is very clean, and painted the perfect shade of black. A set of black-painted steel wheels provides the perfect contrast, at least when paired with wide white wall tires and red stripes. All of the upholstery in the matching black interior has been replaced, along with the carpet, and it all looks incredibly tidy as well.
The classic Lincoln is powered by a brand new Ford 460 cubic-inch V8 fitted with a full array of Edelbrock parts and a Holley four-barrel carburetor. It breathes through a Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust, and is mated to a Ford automatic transmission. The car itself has just over 120,000 miles on the chassis, which isn’t too bad for a vehicle of this vintage.
For anyone who’s a fan of the fourth-gen Lincoln Continental, this final-year model is certainly worthy of a closer look. It’s a shining example of everything we love about these cars, but isn’t so perfect or valuable that the new owner will be afraid to cruise in it. And that, truthfully, is where it really shines.