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Lincoln Continental Mk III (1969)


Lincoln Continental Mk III (1969)

Henry Ford II put his personal stamp on this design of Lincoln's luxury coupe. It was very long for a two-door coupe and in fact had the longest hood ever produced on a US car (over 6ft or 1.8m). Under it was 150lb (68kg) of sound-deadening to quieten the 460ci (7,538cc) V8, though it couldn't dampen the performance, thanks to the huge torque produced. The suspension was set deliberately soft, so the car floated in style over the worst of surfaces, while the interior wrapped the driver in leather-lined luxury and wood trim, with a distinctly stately like dash. The engine - unusually for a luxury vehicle but typical for the late 1960s - ran 10.5:1 compression and a four-barrel carburettor for tremendous performance, and the car was brought down in speed by the power-assisted 11.7-inch (280mm) front discs and huge rear drum brakes.

Lincoln Continental Mk III (1969) Specifications

Top speed:123 mph (196 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:460 ci (7,538 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:365 bhp (272 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:500 lb ft (678 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:4,475 lb (2,034 kg)
Economy:13 mpg (4.60 km/I)
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