The 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible is part of the “Fourth Generation” of Lincoln Continentals.
The Continental was redesigned in 1961 with its wheelbase being reduced by a whopping 14.8 inches. One unpredicted result of this shorter wheelbase was development of the front-opening rear doors. Known as “suicide doors,” they are one of the most distinctive features of Lincoln Continentals of the Fourth Generation. They were implemented because the reduction in wheelbase limited rear-seat access. To remedy the problem, the engineers came up with the “suicide door.”
A number of other features also distinguish the 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible. Beginning in 1961, this model was the first in the United States to include a 24,000 mile or two-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. The doors included walnut paneling. The Fourth Generation Lincoln Continental Convertible was the first four-door convertible produced by a major domestic manufacturer following World War II.
These cars sold well in the 1960’s and they sell well today. The 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertibles are popular with collectors. In good shape, these models will sell. They are also popular in the entertainment business. Lincoln Continental Convertibles have appeared in numerous movies including Kalifornia, The Matrix, The Last Action Hero and others.
The 1936 Lincoln is powered by a 150 bhp, 414.1 cu. in. L-head V12 engine with a three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted mechanical brakes.
The Lincoln Model K in the photos is finished in the sporting color of Jade green with a tan Haartz cloth top. The 1936 Lincoln is a special bodied Seven Passenger Touring Model 323 offered by Lincoln. It is equipped with dual-side mounted spares with hard covers and mirrors. Accompanying the rear passenger compartment is a rear windshield, jump seats, lighter and courtesy light along with two small parcel compartments. The car is also equipped with a rear mounted luggage rack.
The Model 323 7-passenger touring car was priced at an amazing low $4200.00, the 145-inch wheelbase special-order attracted only eight buyers. With the top lowered, the Model 323 looks even more stunning. The large car weighed 5,276 pounds. This year there was no tonneau cowl version available as why a rear windshield was installed. As in the past, the front wind deflectors lowered into the doors.
With some of the prettiest bodywork available, the Model 323 offered its occupants a spirited driving experience. This Lincoln Model K is still a very nice example and would make an excellent candidate for a variety of touring events. With only 8 examples of the touring car made and certainly fewer extant, the sale of this Lincoln is an opportunity not to be missed by pre-war Lincoln enthusiasts.