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LINCOLN Continental Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 8
First production year: 1958
Engines: Gasoline
 

2016 - Present

Ford's luxury brand Lincoln returned on the market with the Continental name, after dropping the three-letter style that was adopted for several years and, in 2016, it introduced its new flagship. The Continental name was out of the market for 14 years, but the market didn't forget it. It was the tenth generation and it offered more than any Lincoln before in terms of technology. It...

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  LINCOLN Continental 2.7L V6 6AT (335 HP)

  LINCOLN Continental 2.7L V6 6AT AWD (335 HP)

  LINCOLN Continental 3.0L GTDI V6 6AT AWD (400 HP)

  LINCOLN Continental 3.7L V6 6AT (305 HP)

  LINCOLN Continental 3.7L V6 6AT AWD (305 HP)

1995 - 2002

The ninth generation of the Continental appeared on the market just in time for the 1994 Christmas and continued the transverse-mounted V-8 engine saga into the American luxury brand. Lincoln made a new generation for its mid-size sedan luxury vehicle to compete for the top position in the segment. While it wasn't a revolutionary car for the brand, it managed to surprise many buyers with...

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  LINCOLN Continental 4.6L V8 4AT (260 HP)

  LINCOLN Continental 4.6L V8 4AT (275 HP)

1988 - 1995

The eighth generation Lincoln Continental was introduced in the luxury segment in 1988 and represented a big change for the automaker and the nameplate itself. The large sedan got downsized in terms of engines, adopting a 3.8-liter V6, developing 140 HP in the first years of production. The rear-wheel drive system was also gone, being converted to a FWD and thus cutting down on fuel and construc...

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  LINCOLN Continental 3.8 V6 4AT (140 HP)

  LINCOLN Continental 3.8 V6 4AT (155 HP)

  LINCOLN Continental 3.8 V6 4AT (160 HP)

1982 - 1987

When Ford introduced the seventh generation of the Continental in 1982, it said that it would be the best handling Lincoln to that date. Luxury cars were not about handling or quarter-mile time, but neither in a zero to sixty 'till tomorrow category. They had to offer a good balance between performance and comfort, with more accent on the latter. That's what the Ford Fox platform pr...

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1980 - 1981

The sixth generation of the Lincoln Continental was a big leap in Ford's lineup and it was the bridge between the large Continentals and the mid-size sedan that followed. After the Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE for short) law imposed in 1975 after the first oil crisis, Ford worked hard to offer cars with a lower fuel consumption but that can still provide the desired comfort an...

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1970 - 1979

A redesigned Lincoln Continental came by after around 10 years, with the fifth generation taking a major step forward regarding both styling and technology. Some design elements were borrowed from the Continental Mark III, the car coming with blade-like fenders, covered headlights, sloping trunk and vinyl top. The previous unibody chassis was ditched for a classic body-on frame construction but ...

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1961 - 1969

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 ...

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1958 - 1960

In 1958 Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the office, the U.S. launched its first satellite and the Barbie doll was introduced and it was an instant hit. It wasn't the same victory for the Lincoln Continental MkIII that was launched in the same year. It was a busy year and Lincoln tried its move into the luxury car market, dominated by the Cadillac Eldorado. It was the era with big fins and L...

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