We all love a little luxury. Whether you occasionally treat yourself to something luxurious or live a life filled with luxury, it’s something that all humans enjoy. When it comes to cars, it’s no different. Ever since vehicles were first introduced, manufactures have tried to come up with ways to make driving more luxurious. Brands like Rolls-Royce and Mercedes are known for the level of luxury that they offer. There is one car however that takes things to another level. We are of course talking about the Lincoln Continental.
First introduced in 1939, the vehicle experienced great success throughout the years as it remained in production until 2002 with the tenth generation continental expected to go on sale in 2016. The all-new Lincoln Continental will mark the return of the car and fans of the brand couldn’t be more excited. We’ve decided to use this occasion as an opportunity to take a look back at the vehicle’s past as we prepare for the return of the iconic car.
The first generation Lincoln Continental was introduced in 1939. The now classic car, was very well received, which eventually earned it its recognition as a “Full Classic” by the Classic Car Club of America. It remained in production for 9 years until it production ceased.
It wasn’t until 1956 that the Continental name was revived in the form of the Continental Mark II. The vehicle was one of the most luxurious vehicles available on the market at the time however that meant it came with a ridiculous price tag. The Continental Mark II was one of the most expensive vehicles in the world. Priced at nearly $10,000 (approximately $85,000 in current dollars) the car was reserved for those who could afford it. Only 2,996 were ever made making the vehicle truly exclusive.
The third generation Continental was introduced in 1958. To keep the costs down, Lincoln decided to switch from a hand-built body to a body shared with the Lincoln Capri and Premiere. The vehicle was less expensive therefore it experienced better sales than the Continental Mark II.
The fourth generation Continental was introduced in 1961. It received an extensive redesign brought on by the $60million losses the company experienced two years prior. The entire Lincoln division, including the Capri, Premiere and Continental were all consolidated into a single Lincoln Continental. The vehicle remained in production for 8 years becoming one of the best known Continentals.
The limousine that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in was a customised 1961 Lincoln 4-door convertible.
Lincoln entered the 1970’s with the fifth generation of Continental that was introduced in 1970. The vehicle sported a new look that felt fresh at the time and in 1975 it received another facelift.
In 1980, the sixth generation Continental was introduced.
The seventh generation Continental was first introduced in 1982. It was beginning to suffer from its lack of differentiation from its competitors. Although Lincoln attempted to make its vehicles as unique as possible they weren’t the most exciting on the market.
In 1988, the eight generation was introduced. The Continental received a drastic makeover. The vehicle was almost unrecognisable, featuring only a few elements from its predecessors.
The ninth generation Continental was introduced in 1995. It featured more rounded lines similar to Mark VII. Also, for the first time since 1987, the Continental was given its V8 engine back. In 1998, the vehicle received its final facelift.
In 2002 Lincoln announced that production of the Continental would cease as the company decided to cancel production of the vehicle. Declining sales were blamed for the cancellation however other factors are believed to have played a role as well.
In 2015 an all-new Lincoln Continental concept car debuted at the New York Auto Show. It was then that the company revealed the Continental would be making a comeback after 15 years of absence.
Not much is known about the new vehicle however more details are expected to be revealed this year.
We for one are very excited for the return of the Lincoln Continental, are you? Let us know.
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