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Lincoln Continental (1961)


Lincoln Continental (1961)

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

Top speed:117 mph (187 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):11.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:430 ci (7,046 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 4,100 rpm
Max torque:465 lb ft (630 Nm) @ 2,000 rpm
Weight:5,220 lb (2,372 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.24 km/I)
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