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There once was a time when owning a Lincoln Continental meant that you belonged in the upper crust of society. It was a status symbol as much as it was a luxury sedan and having one meant that you had a license to roll down your windows to be seen driving one. Those days are long gone, and for a lot of the younger auto enthusiasts, mentioning the name “Lincoln Continental” doesn’t evoke the kind of response the way it used to. Ford, the parent company of Lincoln since 1922, hopes to change all of that when it brought back the Continental in 2016 after spending the last 14 years on the shelf. Now, the Continental is a year into its newest life, and it’s already getting a Black Label special edition.
One iteration of the Continental Black Label Edition is “Rhapsody,” of which its overarching theme is blue. Lots of it. In fact, a large majority of the car’s surface is blue, be it on the exterior or in the interior. And since this is a Continental, Lincoln didn’t just settle for any kind of blue surface, particularly in the cabin where swaths of premium materials are used throughout its whole surface.
According to Marcia Salzberg, Lincoln’s senior designer for color and materials, the decision to go with the specific color went beyond spinning the color wheel and settling for where the arrow ended up pointing at. “
“We had so much inspiration, from all around us,” Salzberg said. “We looked at the color of custom business suits, at nature, how day fades into night, how the sky gets so soft and velvety. We looked at our heritage, at Lincolns of the past – at how blue was such an important, signature color.”
The finished product is, without question, a unique take on the Continental. Other versions of the Black Label Edition are also available, specifically in Chalet and Thoroughbred themes that come with their own unique themes.
It remains to be seen if the Black Label Edition will help the Lincoln Continental regain some of its lost luster. At least the Continental is back, which is more than what it could’ve have said a few years ago when the nameplate was collecting dust.
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Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.
Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.
TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.
Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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The Lincoln Continental has had an interesting and somewhat choppy history. It originally started out as a custom one-off for Edsel Ford himself, but Ford realized that he could sell such a model, and the prototype quickly became a production model. That was 1939, at which point every Continental that was built was done so by hand. Eventually, Lincoln got around to making machine dies in 1941, but the car was only produced for another year before WWII brought production to a halt. Which brings us to this car – a 1942 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet.
This car will be going under the hammer at Mecum’s auction during the 2016 Monterey Car Week, and is just 1 of 136 models that were produced before the war forced Lincoln to stop production. Even more important is the fact that only 27 of the original 136 models are believed to be in existence, making this one rare vehicle. It has been through Concours restoration and has even be refreshed in the correct Darian Blue from 1942. And, as you can see from the picture above, this is one fine example of history – one that I could go without writing about when I saw it listed for auction.
With that said, let’s take a good look at the car and talk a little more about it.
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Some cars are special because of their racing background, recalling a moment when man and machine triumphed in a battle of speed. Other cars are special for their heritage, representing a particular slice of time that encompasses an experience from long ago. This car is special because of its previous owner. You see, the bright white slice of Americana you see before you was once the personal transportation of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the wife of John. F. Kennedy and First Lady of the United States. This Lincoln Continental was parked at the White House garage and used by Jackie O during JFK’s tenure as the 35th President of the United States, and perfectly encapsulates that period through it’s broad, simple design, boat-like on-road demeanor, and seemingly endless style. What’s more, it’s going up for sale later this month.
This luxury full-size four-door carries the VIN number 1Y86H420678, and is a certified history lesson on wheels. It’s seen only one other owner besides the trend-setting First Lady, and it’s received an older restoration to keep it fresh.
So what’s Mrs. Kennedy’s previous personal ride really like? Read on to find out.
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It’s not quite the numbers the Tesla Model 3 has been receiving in recent days, but the public interest surrounding the 2017 Lincoln Continental is real. According to Automotive News, close to 40,000 people have come up to the American automaker and expressed their interest in the company’s iconic flagship sedan. While the number only portrays a list of people that provided their name and contact information for follow-ups when more details about the Continental become available, it does point to a renewed interest in the model and the brand, something Lincoln hasn’t seen in recent years.
Matt VanDyke, director of global Lincoln, told Automotive News that this so-called “hand raiser” list for the new Continental has seen twice as many people compared to that of the MKX crossover that the automaker introduced in 2015. The surprisingly positive reception of the Continental has reached Lincoln and according to VanDyke, here are already measures that are being put in place, including extensive pre-launch activities, to keep the buzz and interest surrounding the Continental clicking on all cylinders.
Granted, none of this paints a clear picture on what kind of sales run the Continental will have when it goes on sale in the fall of 2016 as a 2017 model. But for a company that has only begun to regain its competitive footing after years of languishing in mediocrity, this is the kind of validation that empowers Lincoln to press forward with renewed vigor and determination to keep this positive momentum rolling. When the time comes that the new Continental hits dealerships, there will be expectations now that weren’t there before. It’s a position that Lincoln hasn’t been in for quite some time, yet, I presume, it will gladly embrace instead of languishing in mediocrity.
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Lincoln’s iconic flagship sedan, the Continental, is set to make to comeback in 2016, 14 years since the premium brand discontinued the nameplate for the third time in its history. The news came as Lincoln unveiled the Continental Concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show and confirmed that the legendary name is about to return on a production car. Less than a year has passed since the concept was unveiled, and the tenth-generation Continental broke cover at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
So let’s give a warm welcome back to the legendary Continental and wish it a long and prosperous fourth stint among luxury limousines.
After months of speculation and renderings based on the concept car, we can finally have a closer look at the vehicle we’ll see in showrooms by the end of the year. Lincoln didn’t say much about its new flagship, but there’s just enough info to figure out what the modern Continental will bring to the market in terms of luxury, technology, and output.
The all-new Continental will be produced at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and will go on sale this fall as a 2017 model year vehicle. Find out more about it below.
Updated 04/14/2016: Lincoln announced prices for the new 2017 Continental. Check the “Prices” section to see how much it will cost when compared to competitors.
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The upcoming 2017 Lincoln Continental flagship sedan will be built in Michigan, Detroit, the luxury brand revealed. According to John Fleming, Lincoln’s global manufacturing chief, the Continental will be made at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant. The facility currently employs 3,100 workers building the Mustang muscle car and the Fusion midsize sedan.
Set to arrive for the 2017 model year, the new Continental flagship revives Lincoln’s most recognizable nameplate. The brand stopped building the Continental in 2002. The final model was based on the Ford Taurus and used a front-wheel-drive architecture and a 4.6-liter V-8 engine. The name was first introduced in 1939 and gained momentum in the 1950s and 1960s as one of the most luxurious cars built in the U.S.
Lincoln aims to regain its long-lost luster with the new Continental, which will compete against the newly launched 2016 Cadillac CT6, as well as German executives such as the 2016 BMW 7 Series and 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Also, the large sedan is aimed at growing Lincoln’s presence in China, where Lincoln has enjoyed a lot of success recently.
Though Lincoln has yet to release info as to what the 2017 Continental will look like, I expect the production version to mirror the concept car Lincoln showcased in 2015. Power will most likely come from an EcoBoost V-6 engine with at least 350 horsepower and a focus on fuel economy.
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Times were hard for most people. Fresh off an expensive, drawn-out and disastrous war, in the aftermath of financial collapse, the population as a whole wasn’t entirely enthusiastic about buying big, American luxury sedans. Even though there were some true greats on the drawing board, most had to wait for a nation just entering its richest era to demand more prestigious transportation. Afterward, old ideas and names came back, and makes like Lincoln experienced a renaissance. That was the story in 1938…and again some 75 years later.
Of course, the difference between then and now is that the nation just entering its richest period isn’t the United States, but China. Say what you will about them, but the Chinese (like many current and former communist countries) absolutely love big, American luxury sedans — without a doubt, more than most Americans do. Makes like Buick, Cadillac and Lincoln have found a wonderfully enthusiastic market among people who spent decades quietly watching American presidents cruise those prestigious badges around the capitalist capitol. Or, in at least one sobering example, a certain city in the lower Midwest.
Now, having recently discovered money, they want their own.
And after a 14 year hiatus, Lincoln is ready to give it to them, in the form of a reborn Continental. Oh yes, there’s a load of irony in that…but the good news is that China’s long-rebuffed love of American luxury has triggered kind of a bounce-back on our own shores. For the first time since the dark days of the Smog Era, American luxury makes like Lincoln have become serious contenders to take the halo of quality from Germany. Maybe it’s taken a bit of outside perspective, a look to the present from the past, to remind us of of just how great some of our greatest once were…and could be again.
So continue reading to take a look back at one of them now: the inimitable Lincoln Continental.
Without a doubt, the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept will be one of the most important vehicles to debut at the New York Auto Show, but the big news here is that this car is shaping up to be more than just a concept vehicle. Lincoln plans to introduce a new full-size sedan in 2016 that is heavily inspired by this stunning concept sedan, and the announcement came from Ford’s top exec.
Mark Fields, president and CEO Ford Motor Company and the man often credited with keeping the Lincoln brand alive, said “The Continental Concept showcases the promise of quiet luxury from Lincoln going forward. It also is a strong indication of what’s to come next year as we introduce our new Lincoln Continental full-size luxury sedan.”
Perhaps the most promising thing about this concept is that doesn’t have an over-the-top design like the 2007 MKR Concept. Instead, it focuses more on the ultra-luxurious interior and the all-new, Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6.
There’s no word as to when this new sedan will arrive, but based on its importance to the brand, the best bet is probably at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Whenever it does, it will surely silence detractors who have spent the last several years questioning why Ford Motor Company has kept Lincoln in its portfolio while selling or killing off everything else.
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The iconic Lincoln Continental made a surprising comeback in 2015, 13 years after Ford’s premium brand unleashed the 2002 concept car that never made it into production. Introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the new Continental is also a concept car, but, unlike its predecessor, it is scheduled to go into production over the next couple of years. It seems that Lincoln is finally ready to make a comeback as a full-fledged luxury rival for Cadillac, also set to unleash the all-new, full-size CT6 sedan.
The Continental was first introduced in 1940 as a two-door coupe, but the nameplate was discontinued in 1948. Revived in late 1955 as a separate marque, the second-gen car continued as a two-door coupe, but its expensive price tag and unprecedented luxury for a Ford product made it a rival for Rolls-Royce. FoMoCo redesigned it for 1958, when the Conti also received a four-door version. Extensive updates followed in 1961 and 1970, before the name was dropped for the second time in 1979. Revived yet again in 1982, the Continental survived for another two decades, but it never managed to become more than a rebadged and slightly fancier Ford Taurus.
Will the Blue Oval return the Continental to its former glory with the 10th-generation model? We won’t find out for sure until the production model arrives, but, until then, we have a gorgeous concept car to talk about.
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With about a week until the 2015 New York Auto Show opens its gates, a surprise Lincoln Continental concept car may be slated to make an appearance, even though nothing official has been confirmed as of yet. Details are scarce at the moment, but some of the folks from the Blue Oval forums got around an odd minisite – which has been taken down since – that offered some details about the model.
“This is the new elegantly styled and boldly distinctive Lincoln Continental Concept. It represents who we are as a carmaker. It’s a culmination of learning, engineering, and envisioning what’s to come. In conceiving it, we left nothing unturned. No question went unanswered. No answer went unchallenged. In designing it, we unearthed the simple truth that elegant design can elicit highly emotive connections. The Lincoln Continental Concept is everything we know about cars, and everything we understand about people. And when you bring the two together, you understand why they should never really be apart.” — was the revealing text accompanying the minisite, which should be noted that is part of Team Detroit’s website. Team Detroit is an advertising agency that is a frequent collaborator of both Ford and Lincoln, so the leak is obviously official.
That block of text is not much to go by, but it does reveal that the upcoming Lincoln concept car won’t be named MKS, like almost everyone was expecting, and it could also feature a more upscale design language. Whatever it is, we shall find out in the upcoming days, so stay close!
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The rather depressing state in which the Lincoln brand has been sitting in the last decade or so may get a slight turn for the better thanks in part to the upcoming replacement for its flagship sedan, the MKS. Set to be unveiled at the end of 2015 as a 2016 model year, the second generation of the MKS has been known internally at Lincoln as the new Continental, but considering the current nomenclature nobody expected the production version to stick to the same name.
Nobody, except the Godfather of Grunge, Canadian musician Neil Young, that is. In a recent interview about his latest music and business ventures on CNBC’s Mad Money, Young revealed that he is working with Lincoln’s marketing in order to have his Pono digital music player and download service included in the upcoming Continental for a 2016 release. It is not exactly clear if he called the MKS replacement the “Continental” because that’s what it’s actually going to be called or simply because Lincoln engineers call the project that way internally. We suspect it is the former, mainly thanks to the fact that the MK followed by a random letter nomenclature is probably confusing a lot of potential customers.
Either way, a new Lincoln flagship sedan is coming, and it will apparently be built on an enlarged variant of the Ford CD4 platform, which currently sits under the Lincoln MKZ, 2014 Ford Fusion/Mondeo and the Ford Edge crossover. While many Lincoln fans would probably prefer a rear-wheel drive architecture, that is sadly not going to happen.
Updated 03/09/2015: While the revival of the Continental is still just a rumor, we decided to create a rendering to show you what the new model could look like.
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