Inside, the Continental featured a plush leather interior with many amenities and advanced electronics for the time. The Capri was the top-line model and offered four-door sedan, two-door hardtop, and convertible body choices. For 1968, several updates were made to the Continental, primarily in response to federal safety mandates. With this, and the reduced overall size, the 1980 Lincoln Continental was able to retain the traditional big car ride and feel, while offering a major enhancement to its handling. In 1950, Johnny Mantz finished in 9th place in the Mexican Road Race. While the Continental retractable hardtop never saw production, the top mechanism would be utilized in the 1957—1959 ; the mechanism also would see use by the 1961—1967 Lincoln Continental and the 1961—1966 Ford Thunderbird. The wheelbase was increased from 123 to 126 inches, shifting the rear seats backward.
Easily distinguished from the 1948 models, these models featured recessed headlights and a more 'streamlined appearance'. Oxford University Press — via Google Books. It was surpassed only by purpose-built limousines such as the long-wheelbase version of the Mercedes-Benz , the Rolls-Royce , and the long-wheelbase version of the. Lots of technology in it for a late '70s car. A March 1992 customer clinic video features a final design prototype of the 1995 Continental.
While advertising brochures made the case that Continental Division was still a separate make, the car shared its body with that year's Lincoln. In April, the new made its debut, as a 1969 model. In the October, 1952 issue of , a Lincoln Capri was tested. In 1989 for the 1990 model year, a minor exterior update featured a new grille, hood ornament, and taillights. Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946—1975 4th ed.
Truman, the Cosmopolitan Limousine sported gold plating, letter desks and reading lights. Led by , the team consisted of John Reinhart chief stylist , chief body engineer; designer of the , and chief engineer. And while sales of the 1953 cars were pleasingly healthy, the convertibles found just 2,372 customers compared to nearly six times that number for the Capri hardtop. Might trade for a nice pre-72 big tire pro-street car or 30's to 40's coupe. Lincolns received a few trim changes for 1954 and grew about an inch in length.
In 1958, the engine produced 375 hp, and was retuned to 350hp in 1959, making 315 hp in 1960. For instance, in 1952 Chuck Stevenson finished the 2,000 miles of challenging roads from Tuxtla to Juarez almost one hour in front of the Ferrari that had been the Mexican race winner in 1951! Lincoln reconfigured their whole lineup in 1956, and the Capri became the entry level Lincoln rather than the top trim. An exclusive feature to the Continental was adaptive air-ride suspension and variable assist power steering was standard. Only 1,230 convertible Cosmopolitans were produced. For 1971, the grille underwent a minor styling change, partially in an effort to better distinguish the Continental from the Mercury Marquis. All examples were given a color-keyed vinyl roof with a color-keyed leather interior with trim exclusive to the package. To meet federal safety standards, the parking lights, taillights, and front turn signals were returned to a wraparound design on the fenders to satisfy Federal standards for side marker lights.
In October 1988 for 1989 model year, a redesigned dashboard was introduced to accommodate dual air bags. Thanks to the new V8 engine Lincolns won the top four spot in 1952 and 1953 in the Stock Car category of the Pan American Road Race. For this year Lincoln's shared its body with the Continental, though they were still a separate make. By interior volume the Continental was the largest front-wheel drive car sold in 1988, and was recognized by on its 1989. Both engines were paired with the Ford C6 3-speed automatic transmission. By design, the Edsel Ford prototype could be considered a Lincoln-Zephyr convertible; although the vehicle wore a conventional windshield profile, the prototype sat nearly 7 inches lower than a standard Lincoln. Thanks to taut new suspension and a powerful new V-8, these cars proved capable of taking on the best of Europe and beating them.
Other changes through the rest of production run were primarily limited to paint colors and upholstery pattern details. To allow for production at a larger scale, the Continental model line was more closely integrated with Lincoln, differing primarily in roofline, trim, and grille. . You don't see these around, especially with the rare Continental kit. The 1955 model year was the last for the 1952 design cycle, with few detail changes, though the engine was bumped up to 341 cid and 225 hp. Overview Manufacturer Continental 1956—1957 Assembly , , United States John Reinhart, 1953 Body and chassis 2-door Related Powertrain 368 cu in 6. During the 1930s, Lincoln, like Cadillac and Packard, waged a two-front marketing strategy by offering their traditional luxury models along with lower priced companion cars.
The Capri's appearance borrowed from the radically different concept cars, the and the. Previewed by a namesake concept car at the , the 2017 Lincoln Continental is the successor of the. The Capri featured newly designed ball joint front suspensions, jumbo drum brakes and recirculating-ball power steering. The second generation of the Lincoln Capri rolled out in 1956 with an entire division-wide revamp. The car really draws attention for its style and color.
They were extensively hand-built; the two dozen 1939 models and 400 1940-built examples were built with hand-hammered body panels; dies for machine-pressing were not constructed until 1941. In its redesign, the Continental would lose nearly 9 inches in wheelbase and 18 inches in length, along with over 400 pounds of weight. Available only in black, both versions were built with a model-specific formal rear roofline with a padded roof; the Limousine featured a partition between the front and rear seats. For 1976, the exterior remained essentially the same as the year before marking the first carryover styling year for Lincoln since 1963. The Capri quickly sold out its sibling, the Cosmopolitan each year until the end of that model.