1962 Lincoln Continental
Convertible Car for sale in Battle Creek, Michigan 49017
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
Here we have a great find. The Lincoln Convertibles of the 1960’s are coming on strong in the collector market, but only if they are good cars to start with. While many people prefer the 1961 Lincoln, I find the styling of the ’62, as well as quality improvements, makes this the very best of the 60’s Lincoln Convertibles.
This particular car was delivered through the Los Angeles distribution center of the Lincoln-Mercury division and was sold new in Los Angeles. Most of its life was spent in either California or Arizona. The previous owner had a law practice on the west coast and brought the car to Michigan upon relocating to this part of the country. As best I can tell, this car was almost always a second car which accounts for the low mileage and rust-free condition. The odometer currently reads just over 12,000 miles though I do not believe that to be accurate based upon wear on the pedals. Much more likely the car has 112,000 or so actual miles.
This is an extremely complete car. Originally this car was painted Powder Blue with Medium Blue interior (yuck). Currently the car is painted Wimbledon White and has a Maroon interior. The paint is fair to poor though from 20 feet it looks quite nice. The interior is very good except some deterioration of the driver’s seat and top of the rear seat. Door panels and the dashboard are exceptional. The carpet is obviously a replacement variety, but it cleans up nicely. The top is serviceable and may be original. The backlite is badly clouded with a couple breaks in the clear plastic. If you are a preservationist, likely, the rear window could be replaced thus salvaging the original top. The car has had none of the typical rust in the doglegs and is otherwise almost completely dent free. There is a place low on each front fender that was repaired after the car collided with trailer fender-wells (give you one guess how I know that fact) but there seems to be no other areas of damage anywhere on the car. It is worth noting that the all-important deck lid is absolutely rock solid. This is a car that is extremely solid with doors that open and close like little bank vaults.
Underneath, the car has some evidence of road grime and use, but the floors are very solid and there is not evidence of rust anywhere. Clearly, there is evidence that the steering and kingpins have been replaced and/or rebuilt. Brakes are new and stop the car exceptionally well in a nice strait line with no sensation of pulling of fading. The dual exhaust system is new from the manifolds back with aluminized steel construction by Waldron Exhaust, that likely will last a lifetime.
Except for one spear of the Lincoln star on the rear trim panel, all of the stainless and chrome trim is present and is in great driver quality condition. One would want to buff all of it for show. The remaining chrome trim is in near perfect shape though nothing is of show caliber. It is all factory chrome.
The wheels currently fitted are the correct original style 14” wheel. They are in very good shape. Tires are the correct narrow whitewall Coker sourced BF Goodrich 950 X 14.
The car runs and drives well. It has a freshly rebuilt carburetor from Lincolnland. The car is highly optioned including power antenna, automatic headlight dimmer, power seat, and the highly desirable factory air conditioning. All of the windows work as does the convertible top. I have never tried the A/C so I cannot say if it is operational. The heater and defroster work very well.
A full restoration of a ‘60’s Lincoln is not a job for the feint-hearted but this car provides more of a solid foundation for such work than any car I have ever seen. On the other hand, it is a car that can be used right now as a daily driver and could be left in a parking lot without worrying if someone were to scratch the paint. For the last couple weeks I have driven it daily and would not hesitate to drive the car anywhere.
For an additional $2000 I can include a 1990 Pace Car trailer- 28’ foot-fully enclosed. It is not the prettiest trailer in the world (with many, many scars present it may in fact be the ugliest) but it easily handles the car. I would be willing to separate the trailer as well if you are interested.
This is a car I bought as a lifetime keeper to restore to show quality. It is available only because I found another car that is among my lifetime dream cars. Please feel free to call me with questions. I am happy to arrange a showing so you can inspect the car personally.
I am asking a reasonable $19,900 for the car or I will entertain a close offer. While I always love to hear what people might want to offer in trade, the real goal is to sell the car outright so I can pursue the other car I have in mind. The car is currently located in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Classic Car ID101215484
Transmission3 Speed Automatic
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