Lincoln Brings Back Iconic Suicide Doors with Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

By Paul Riegler on 17 December 2018
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The 2015 Lincoln Continental concept car with suicide doors

The Lincoln Motor Company announced plans on Monday to bring back its iconic “suicide doors” in a special version of the Lincoln Continental dubbed the Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition.

In addition to the coach doors, the limited edition Continental sports a six-inch longer wheelbase, a pass-through rear seat console with a stowable tray table, and Lincoln Black Label personalization.

Also known as suicide doors, coach doors are hinged at the rear rather than the front, and were a feature of one of the brand’s best-remembered models, the 1961-1969 Lincoln Continental.

That model was sold as a four-door sedan and convertible and was the first (and last) four-door convertible manufactured by a major American automaker.

The ’61 Continental was a turning point in American automotive design, a move away from tailfins and excess chrome to a simple yet elegant design. President John. F. Kennedy was assassinated in a black Continental limousine; Jacqueline Kennedy had a white convertible Continental of her own, and Pablo Picasso owned a 1963 Continental in ivory white.

In 2016, following the model’s 15-year absence on the market, Lincoln introduced the tenth generation Continental, which was previewed by a namesake concept car at the New York International Auto Show in 2015, complete with razor-sharp side-view mirrors and suicide doors.  The mirrors grew in size and the suicide doors disappeared in favor of conventional doors once the car went into production.

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