Review: 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

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The 1963 Continental saw several significant changes over previous years, although a mid-life refresh was not to come until the following year. The front seatbacks were modified to increase rear seat legroom, and the trunk lid was reshaped to increase useable trunk space. Keeping with what other U.S. automakers were doing, Lincoln introduced an alternator electrical charge system, replacing the earlier generator.

Lincoln, Ford’s luxury car division, first introduced the Continental brand in 1939 with a coachworks-built body. The Continental name then appeared on a sedan from 1961 through 2002, when Lincoln abandoned the name in favor of the Town Car and LS.

DRIVING THE 1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE

The 1963 Continental offered a powertrain with “a significant increase in power for safe passing at turnpike speeds,” and a push on the accelerator pedal makes it clear how hard the 7.0-liter V8 is working.

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The Continental featured a novel architecture for the time, body on frame construction, which provided better handling and increased rigidity.

Standard features included a 430-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission; power steering and brakes; power windows and power side-vent windows; vacuum-operated power door locks; and a six-way power bench seat; heater and defroster; push-button radio with a rear speaker and power aerial; and “of course” – as the manufacturer said in one advert for the vehicle – white wall tires. A fabric, power-operated top was standard on the convertible.

Inside, California walnut veneer was used on the doors and the instrument panel. Leather seats were standard as well. As one would expect with bench seats, seating was supremely comfortable but also resulted in a living-room like driving position.

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