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Segment: Luxury

The fourth generation for the Lincoln Continental appeared in 1961 and has a bad name because it was the convertible in which JFK was assassinated in 1963.

But the car had other qualities for which it was very appreciated at the time. It was based on a Ford Thunderbird with an extended wheelbase and had four doors installed. The rear doors were rear-hinged (suicide doors) for easier loading and unloading of the passengers. To prevent the accidental opening during driving, a contact and a lamp on the dashboard were installed. This is how the “door ajar” warning light appeared on vehicles.

Under the hood, Ford installed a 7.0-liter V8 (430 cu-in) engine with 325 hp. The engine was replaced in 1966 by a bigger, 7.5-liter V8. All Lincoln Continentals were equipped with a 3-speed automatic transmission, produced by Ford. The first models had the Turbo-Drive automatic and the latter, since 1966, had the C6-automatic gearbox.

Some interesting features for the Lincoln Continental were the vacuum-lockable doors, adjustable height of the steering column (not tilting) and the unibody construction for the big, over 2.6 metric tons vehicle. It was heavier than its competitors, even though it was smaller. Despite its 5.5 meters length, the rear passengers didn't have enough legroom. Only after 1964, when the wheelbase was extended to 3.2 m (126 in), the passengers from the rear bench had enough room.

LINCOLN Continental 1961 - 1969 35 Photos
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LINCOLN Continental 1961 - 1969
  4 gasoline engines
  • 7.0L V8 3AT (300 HP)
  • 7.0L V8 3AT (320 HP)
  • 7.6L V8 3AT (340 HP)
  • 7.6L V8 3AT (365 HP)

LINCOLN Continental 7.0L V8 3AT (300 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0L V8 3AT (300 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7044 cm3
Power
223.7 KW @ 4100 RPM
304 HP @ 4100 RPM
300 BHP @ 4100 RPM
Torque
465 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
631 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
20.9 gallons (79.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
9.00 - 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
212.4 in (5395 mm)
Width
78.6 in (1996 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.1/61 in (1,577/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
123 in (3124 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
22.9 cuFT (648 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.54
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4927 lbs (2235 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
9 mpg US (26.1 L/100Km)
Highway
13.5 mpg US (17.4 L/100Km)
Combined
11 mpg US (21.4 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 7.0L V8 3AT (320 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0L V8 3AT (320 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7044 cm3
Power
238.6 KW @ 4600 RPM
324 HP @ 4600 RPM
320 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
465 lb-ft @ 2600 RPM
631 Nm @ 2600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
20.9 gallons (79.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
120 mph (193 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
9.00 - 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
212.4 in (5395 mm)
Width
78.6 in (1996 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.1/61 in (1,577/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
123 in (3124 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
22.9 cuFT (648 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.54
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4927 lbs (2235 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
9.1 mpg US (25.8 L/100Km)
Highway
14.5 mpg US (16.2 L/100Km)
Combined
11.2 mpg US (21 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 7.6L V8 3AT (340 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.6L V8 3AT (340 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7565 cm3
Power
253.5 KW @ 4600 RPM
345 HP @ 4600 RPM
340 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
485 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
658 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
20.9 gallons (79.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
9.00 - 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
212.4 in (5395 mm)
Width
78.6 in (1996 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.1/61 in (1,577/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
123 in (3124 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
22.9 cuFT (648 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.54
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
5284 lbs (2397 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
8.9 mpg US (26.4 L/100Km)
Highway
14 mpg US (16.8 L/100Km)
Combined
11 mpg US (21.4 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 7.6L V8 3AT (365 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.6L V8 3AT (365 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7565 cm3
Power
272.2 KW @ 4600 RPM
370 HP @ 4600 RPM
365 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
500 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
678 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
20.9 gallons (79.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
127 mph (204 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
9.00 - 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
212.4 in (5395 mm)
Width
78.6 in (1996 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.1/61 in (1,577/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
123 in (3124 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
22.9 cuFT (648 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.54
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
5181 lbs (2350 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
8.9 mpg US (26.4 L/100Km)
Highway
14 mpg US (16.8 L/100Km)
Combined
11 mpg US (21.4 L/100Km)
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