Lincolns are luxurious vehicles produced by Ford’s Lincoln division. In the late 1930s, Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford and president of Ford Motor designed the first Lincoln as his personal vehicle. One year later, chief stylist Eugene Gregorie made the blueprints and production started.

In 1961 Ford president instructed Elwood Engel changed the design completely and added two more doors and two more seats to the original roadster design. For practical reasons, normal doors were replaced and they became one of the Continental’s most known trademark. In 1966, the car became a two-door once again, with a pillarless hardtop and new interior design. Length, width and height increased and the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincon) engine that replaced the Lincoln Y-block V8 engine increased from 430 to 462 cubic inches.

For the first time, a tape player was introduced and taillights were placed on the rear bumper. The top lowering and raising system was improved and the plastic rear window switched with a glass one. A second pump was added to eliminate the hydraulic solenoids. Preserving the same performance levels, prices were lowered with almost $600 to attract potential buyers. The plan worked and sales reached 54,755 that year, and dropped to 45,667 in 1967.

The 1967 Lincoln Continental model is not very different from the previous 1966 version. It was the last year of the four-door convertible with 45,667 cars produced. The four-pointed star was repositioned on the hood and deck lid only, but the Continental name on the hood remained. Previous front fender logo was removed. The ’67 Lincoln was equipped with a a new “Fresh-Flow” standard ventilation system with a one way valve activated by air pressure, so fresh air circulated the interior when the windows were up.

The automatic transmission shifted in “D” automatically and was renamed Select-Shift Turbo-Drive. Breaks system operated half in the front and half in the rear, increasing the risk of hydraulic brake failure. A new deep-dish steering wheel was added and the warning light cluster also suffered mild modifications, including a seat-belt reminder light and one for the parking brake. The 1967 Lincoln Continental offered a beautiful elegant option: a custom-made luggage set, designed especially for the trunk size, available in burgundy, palomino and black.

“Come live the Continental life… 1967 Style” was the catchphrase dealers used to advertise the 1967 Lincoln Continental. The fourth generation of Continental is one of the most appreciated and has debuted in many motion pictures such as “The Matrix” and “Kalifornia”.

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