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history of the Lincoln Continental

William Clay Ford with a 1965 Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln Continental is an American classic. The history of the Lincoln Continental began in 1939, making it one of the oldest cars still in production. Beginning as a personal vehicle for Edsel Ford, president of the Ford Motor Company and son of Henry Ford, the Continental has come to be known as the premier luxury vehicle.

The first generation of Continentals had a classic design that was shared with the Lincoln Zephyr, according to Fortune. This included a long body, squared fenders, and, of course, white-wall tires. Under the hood was a powerful 4.8-liter engine, and the two-door model also came with a soft suspension to allow for a smooth ride. After the start of the Second World War, however, production halted until the 1950s.

By the 1960s, the Continental was known as one of the most luxurious cars on the market. The hand-built body has sweeping contours and a long hood, as well as a massive 7.0-liter engine. During the ‘60s the model’s design was toned down, and the weight was cut by the 1970s to allow for better fuel efficiency.

The Continental was so popular that it appeared in films like Goldfinger, The Matrix, Animal House, and the television series Entourage. Today, the 2017 Lincoln Continental serves as the brand flagship, offering a bold design and unparalleled luxury. Premium features and exclusive materials add sophistication, while the latest high-tech infotainment options make your ride more enjoyable than ever. Nothing compares with the legendary Lincoln Continental.