Lincoln worked hard to make their 1961 Continental one of the best ever, and it won praise for its high construction standards. It had a new, streamlined body with slab sides and a flush-fitting grille, plus 'clap-hand' doors which opened away from each other for excellent access. It was advanced, and because of the emphasis on quality, had no concessions towards weight-saving. The huge chassis was on a 123-inch (3.12m) wheelbase and ran self-adjusting brakes, along with coil springs and leaf springs front and rear. It was inside where the innovations were, with power-assisted features such as the windows, door locks, hydraulic wipers, steering, six-way seats, plus there was air-conditioning and cruise control. The car was very subtle in its styling, too, compared to what was available just to previous years. New, small lights and conservative use of chrome made it a favorite for stately owners.
Lincoln Continental (1961) Specifications
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