100 Cars That Changed History

tn_62-1964_Lincoln_Continental_Sedan_(8643968400)1964 Lincoln Continental Sedan (8643968400)” by Sicnag1964 Lincoln Continental Sedan. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


62. Lincoln Continental 1939-2002 United States

Continentals were a series of flagship full sized sedans produced by the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company. Through most of its life the Continental line produced Luxury vehicles. From the Continental grew the Lincoln Mark Series, which came out with varying designs and iterations over the years. They became a standard of American luxury and defined the 1960’s with its iconic convertible. That convertible would live in infamy. In 1961, the Secret Service purchased such a convertible and rebuilt to be President John F Kennedy’s parade limonene. Two years later Kennedy would be assassinated while riding in that car. It was the last time a president would use a convertible as an official limo. During the 80’s the Continental was downshifted to a mid-sized sedan, reflecting a market that was moving away from large cars. In 2002, the line was discontinued.


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