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1962 #Lincoln #Continental Restored From Pieces

Check out this 1962 Lincoln Continental that was fully restored from a number of pieces, as opposed to a full car.

Many cars are named after their founders, such as Ford, Chrysler, Buick, Studebaker, Chevrolet, Nash and Willys. But Mr. Lincoln was not in the car business. The Lincoln Motor Co. was started in 1917 by Henry Leland, who in 1902 had founded Cadillac, which was acquired by General Motors in 1909. Leland named the car Lincoln in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, the man he most admired.

Things were tough in the early going for the new Lincoln company, resulting in financial difficulties. At this same time, Ford Motor’s sales of the Model T were not keeping up with General Motors, which offered more makes and models at a wide range of prices. Edsel Ford, Henry’s son, recognized the need to change and finally convinced his father to buy Lincoln Motor Co. in 1922 for $8 million, or about $120 million in today’s dollars.

Ford wanted a standalone luxury car division like Cadillac to compete with Packard, Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow and others. Edsel Ford was put in charge of the Lincoln project, and in the first year after being acquired by Ford, 1923, Lincoln sales improved 45 percent to 7,875 units and was profitable.

Lincoln produced some great cars in the 1930s, including the Lincoln-Zephyr, with its own V12 engine. Sales zipped to new records. The first Lincoln Continental, built as Edsel’s personal car, was a two-door convertible with the spare tire mounted outside, above the rear bumper, and between the rear fenders. It was shown in Florida, generating interest among the moneyed class. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright said it was “the most beautiful car ever made.”

Probably the most famous Lincoln Continental is the 1961 black Lincoln Continental convertible that carried President John F. Kennedy on his last ride, in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963. This issue’s featured car is almost the same model.

Hayward resident Tim Finnegan, the third owner of this issue’s car, has records going back to when the car was purchased brand-new in San Mateo. He bought his 1962 Lincoln Continental convertible in 2011 for $2,500, but it didn’t look like it does today. It had been in storage in Sebastapol for about 10 years.

Source: Mercury News