Cromo Classico – Lincoln Continental

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Lincoln Continental

Lincoln vs Cadillac

The name is more close to Cadillac you may imagine. It may seem strange but two car-making companies were founded by the same person, Martin Leland.

In 1902, founded Cadillac that came under control of Motors. When, at the beginning of the World War, the American asked various designers to it with the production of aeronautical Leland accepted the job. But the manager of General Motors to finance the production for pacifistic (was this the only creating a dispute with

Leland, determined in his choice, to leave the management of Cadillac and a new company specialized in production of engines. This is how Lincoln Company was born, choosing its in famous president’s honour.

was producing the Liberty airlane and it was converted at the end of the war into car production what a coincidence! Subsequently, came under control of group and became its most brand, hence ending up as the rival of Cadillac, the GM’s mark.

The great Lincoln of the

1952: The first Continental

The Continental, attributed to Edsel will, was to be inspired by concepts of technology and dynamism that saw in the best cars of European (the “continental” cars). is no doubt he reached his goal and if not everybody likes to hear it, the was a successful car, that had at period only very few in terms of design, refinement and quality. It was a real success!

The Lincoln Continental is from It had a V12 engine of 4785 cc. In 1946, the wartime break, the second was born, that has practically the name Continental to the car-making Why?

It is enough to know one of the greatest architects ever, Lloyd Wright, has described it as the elegant car so far made, while in it was selected as one of the eight cars-“art worthy to enter the Museum of Art of New York.

This car has been with such care in spite of its price of 4500 (in the 40’s!), the company lost 600 dollars on each delivered

The name Continental had become a of most valued “status in the United States and its concurrent could not ignore this Besides it is well known a healthy competition brings a improvement of products. In fact, is what happened to the two most American car companies and what nowadays to two producers of reference, and BMW.

In the 50’s, the Lincoln understood that in order to the high prestige of the company and the Cadillac’s domination in the field of cars it will be necessary to a new Continental: a coupe of the highest that would be as close as to the expression “personal car”. is how the Continental MKII was born in

The perfection: Continental MkII

pride and desire to create exceptional overcome the vulgar of the market, then cars this are born.

It was estimated Ford lost about dollars for each produced car its extremely high selling of 10000 dollars (three and times the price of Porsche It was for simple reasons: the 1955’s was constructed in accordance with high quality standards and making compromises.

For instance the engines were selected among these for the more “common” Capri and in an unusual and admirable process. engines with the best results were chosen. were then completely carefully examined, checked and in the end reassembled.

All the bodies were assembled from raw parts to verify that thay perfectly together. Then were dissasembled and all parts perfectly painted before finaly assembled again. By the three layers of paint usualy applied during the process.

The whole interior was of refine calfskin imported England. The care for details the assemblage of the interior was at the edge of For example each of the screws surround the chassis of the windscreen had to its slot aligned with all the

This car has been made in 3000 exemplars.

Today, it is one of the most sought-after by the collectionists as it is being one of the best post-war cars.

The years of success

a clean and consistent design, flanks and the face free of juts, the Continental ‘61 was far too compared to its direct competitor.

However it was very successful as it in tens of thousand exemplars in the two options, sedan and convertible.Both had 4 doors, which means, the convertible was really a 4-door cabriolet.

Lincoln Continental

The constructional quality of series was very high, far the average, even if it didn’t the same level as in MKII.

sedans and convertibles were to a series of rigorous controls leaving the factory. Each car was for three minutes to a “shower” the high-pressure water jets, to the perfect imperviousness of the sealing of its and windows.

A particular fluorescent used to be dissolved in the engine just to verify that, all the tests, there wasn’t any under the bodywork that was by a special light beam.

car had a warranty of two years or 24000 (about 38000km), while the standard was 90 days or 4000

Maybe not everyone can imagine it really means to build a cabriolet (doors opening in the without the centre pillar and the window sealing perfectly and water resistant. Just for information, when Jaguar the centre pillar on its XJC for the first it was a real disaster.

But it is not really ending here: the has a totally foldaway soft-hood is completely power-controlled and it all fits a slot under the automatically trunk. The mechanism was made of no then 11 engines. And to conclude, is a real treat: front automatically lower a few centimetres time the doors open and to its place once they are Actually, to guarantee the imperviousness, are internally tacked to the soft-hood.

All 30 years in advance over the sophisticated European solutions!

the confirmation

Once well the name Continental continues to be successful during the 60’s and stealing a nice market from its ethernal opponent

The 1966 restiling turns out to be an move as it bestows more and elegant lines to the car without its complex sobriety.

From on, there are no more cabriolets the standard models of Continental. The 2- or 4-door sedans are interesting, but a lower value then the coupè Mark III.

The Continental MKIII from is perhaps the most well-known It is known even by the laics. Its elegant lines and famous with the silhouette of the spare made the history.

In the film french connection” from starring excellent Gene the MKIII plays so important that it could be counted the film protagonists.

Born as a of Cadillac Eldorado of ’67, the has proved to be an excellent rival. It mainly on the quality of the internal and on the traditional affidability assured by the Continental as well as by the classical with the rear traction. in these two points the MKIII to be superior over its opponent on the other hand excels its innovative front traction and a better behaviour on the road.

for the record, we must add that in the there existed another produced in 1958. We didn’t it as we find it less interesting the other models.

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