1963 Lincoln Continental
Convertible Car for sale in St Augustine, Florida 32084
St Augustine, FL
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1963 Lincoln Continental $25,000
Thanks for looking at the listing for my 1963 Lincoln Continental. Overall this car is in good shape for its age and should make a good car to restore. There were less than 4,000 of these made which makes this car a nice collectable option, and as you may have seen, many sell for a high price once restored. This car has almost always been garage kept and at least kept under a cover. I’ve listed as thorough as possible what work I know has been done and the work that still needs to be done.
Here is the history of this car to my knowledge. My grandfather bought this car in 1979 in N.C. and drove it home to TN. He owned it until the early - mid 90’s when he sold it to my uncle. The work I remember my uncle did included some brake work including rebuilding or replacing the wheel cylinders, replaced the tires, and he had the rubber replaced around the power vent windows. I believe he also replaced the exhaust system as it was new looking when I bought it, and he had a battery tray built to replace the original. I bought the car from him in 2000. I wanted a convertible, and I remembered riding in it a couple times as a kid with my grandfather and thinking it was the coolest car. It catches lots of attention still today.
Here is the work done since 2000: @ 2001-2002 Rebuilt power steering pump, replaced water pump, replaced alternator, cleaned up & painted fan shroud, replaced the fuel pump with an electric and replaced the points with in distributor electronic ignition. I had front end rebuilt (bushings ball joints, etc.) and the shocks replaced. I think I also replaced the starter.
Over the years, I’ve replaced all the components of the convertible top system other than the trunk lid cylinders. I’ve also changed the control system to a custom built relay panel and a remote that stores in the glove compartment. This change along with the electric fuel pump and electronic ignition have greatly improved the usability of the car for weekend cruising or daily driving. The carburetor was rebuilt about 2004. I’ve replaced some of the vacuum lines for the heat and A/C and believe I remember cleaning up the blower box at that time.
In the last 7 years, I replaced the oil pressure sensor, had the radiator and reserve tank reworked. It was also painted in 2011. The door rubber and trunk rubber was replaced when it was painted. Most of the window switches have been replaced. Ignition coil has been replaced along with the spark plugs. I added a retrofit headlight system that use standard halogen bulbs and a relay system to take the load off the in dash switch and dimmer switch. The new system is much brighter and better than the original which is great considering how bright car headlights are now. A couple of years ago I purchased seat belts for all 6 seating positions and have installed the rear belts, but not the front belts. I have those, some of the other parts I’ve taken off, and a complete window rubber set that I bought to put on when the top gets replaced. All of those things come with the car. That’s about the extent of the work I’ve completed on the car.
Now, for the list of repair needs. As it stands, it doesn’t need anything to take a drive around town and cruise. It will soon need tires as those on it are 20 years old. The interior needs the most reworking including seat covers, door panels (might be cleaned) and carpeting, the dash is still in good shape. The gauges on the dash (fuel and temp) occasionally work but seem to have a power supply issue and come and go. The indicator lights work (Oil pressure, Alternator, Doors, & Brake) The heat, vents, and blower work but the A/C does not. It needs reworking and charging. I believe the heater water valve may be stuck slightly open. The clock does not work. The AM radio and power antenna do work. All the windows work as for motors and regulators, but not all the switches work. They can be operated by jumper wire. The rear windows have an auto-down feature for opening the rear doors independent of the front doors being open, but this doesn’t currently function. The power seat motors worked when tested, but it has a switch or relay issue. The door locks are vacuum operated, and some work, but it needs lines and a couple actuators. I disconnected the choke from the carb last year as it was sticking closed, but the spring seems to open and close as heated and the system probably needs cleaned and adjusted to work. It starts and runs without it, but I can reattach it and adjust the fuel mix if you prefer. It just takes giving it a little push when the engine warms.
There are the rust issues to correct which are the trunk lid and a bit along the bottom of the doors on the passenger side. (pictures available) It seems pretty minor other than that place on the rear of the trunk lid.
The engine and transmission are the originals and I believe they have never been rebuilt. They both work well and the engine does not use oil. There is an small exhaust leak between the manifold and head that I attempted to repair with new gaskets. The mechanic that did the job told me that it has worn a small groove into the head and it can be repaired by having a small bit welded in to fill the gap. He didn’t weld cast iron and so it has stayed as I haven’t pulled the heads.
That sums up what I can remember and know about this car. As for why I am selling the car, I will be moving and going back to school in a few months and along with having 2 young kids, I can’t make the time and money investment in this car as it needs and deserves, but I know someone will enjoy owning it as much as I have. Contact me if you have further questions or interest and I can send you a link to several more pictures and will answer any questions you have! I am accepting offers and will sell to the best offer when time runs out. Thanks for looking!
1963 Lincoln Continental Specifications
Classic Car ID100884825
ConditionGood. Decent 20 footer. Great for a restoration project or weekend cruiser
Trim Body Style
SuspensionRear leaf, front coil
Custom Exterior ColorN/A
Interior ColorOff White
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