1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible

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The Fourth Generation Lincoln was introduced in 1961 to wide acclaim and considerable sales success, with 25,160 cars being built for the 1961 model year. The Fourth Generation's popularity was such that, during a period when American cars in particular went through frequent redesigns, this car remained in production with only minor outward changes through 1969, and even in its last year Lincoln sold 30,858 of them. To this day, the car's best remembered feature are suicide doors.

This particular Lincoln was loaned to the White House for use by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

This car will be sold by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016, right before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21.

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(from Mecum Auctions Press Release) 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible

  • Jacqueline Kennedy's 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible
  • Loaned to the White House by Ford Motor Company during John F. Kennedy's Presidency
  • Assigned to the White House Garage for Mrs. Kennedy's personal use
  • Purchased later by Steuart Ford in Lanham, Maryland
  • Documented with copy of letter from Ronald W. Young, Vice President and General of Steuart Ford
  • Secret Service equipment and under-dash radio removed
  • Older restoration
  • 430/300 HP CI V-8 engine
  • 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Power steering and brakes
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows
  • White with White and Black interior
  • Wide Whitewall tires
  • Full sized wheel covers

Ford Motor Company loaned this 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible to the White House for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s personal use during the John F. Kennedy presidency. Assigned to the White House Garage, the car was equipped with all the necessary Secret Service equipment including the under-dash radio, all of which has long since been removed. When Lincoln introduced the Continental in 1961 it riveted the motoring world and luxury car buyers alike. Incredibly, the iconic Continental design was a rejected Thunderbird design proposal, but both Ford and Lincoln executives took a shining to their upscale offering. With clean bodywork that was devoid of excessive jewelry, the Continental was an instant classic featuring unique suicide rear doors. More interesting still was the availability of a four-door convertible Continental. The convertible hinted at classics from the 1920s and 1930s, when 4-door convertibles were relatively normal and suicide doors were frequently seen on vehicles. What was not a throwback was the 1960s modernist styling that Lincoln ushered in by losing most of the superfluous chrome and stainless trim and extensive use of flatter surfaces. It was a big hit when it was new and today is still unquestionably desirable. Following its White House duties, the car was later purchased later by Steuart Ford in Lanham, Maryland, the car comes with a documented copy of a letter from Ronald W. Young, vice president and general manager of the dealership. The product of an older restoration, the car is powered by a 430/300 HP V-8 engine backed by an automatic transmission. Power items such as steering, brakes, windows and the convertible top were standard, while this car features optional cruise control. Presented in a dramatically striking white with a black and white interior, it rides on wide whitewall tires and retains full-size stainless steel wheel covers. An amazing piece of Lincoln and Washington D.C. history that beckons the cliché, if only a car could talk, this is an exciting opportunity to own one of the most interesting examples of the stylish Continental ever built … one personally used by always stylish Jacqueline Kennedy.