Slab Side: ’61 Lincoln
We’ve posted a ’61 Continental before but the details of the first year 1961 Engle design are noteworthy. So we thought we might plagiarise ourselves and repeat some history of the slab-side Lincolns. Robert McNamara is best known for his role in the Viet Nam War and as the longest-serving Secretary of Defense in our country’s history. But he is also known for playing a pivotal role in saving post-war Ford Motor Company. He briefly held the position of president before leaving Ford for government service. Okay, what does this have to do with anything? Well, grasshopper, the original design of what we now know as the Lincoln Continental of 1961 was to be the replacement for the Thunderbird. It was McNamara who moved it over to the Lincoln Division. Today we hear lots about the Lincoln Motor Car Company history as a way to try to revive the brand, but we aren’t convinced the MKZ has the chops the slab-sided Continental had back then. Today’s Lincoln is in rare, original condition. When we use original we mean it left the factory with the same components it was born with. Of course, wear items don’t fall into this category. But the paint and the interior do and it is a noteworthy feat for any car to go the distance undisturbed. It is a very elegant example in black with lipstick red leather interior. The asking price represents the rarity of the condition at $35,000. Click here for the listing.