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 RCR Series 3 Camaro was a joint venture between RCR and Total Performance Incorporated of Wìchita, Kansas. The “Intimidator” serial number 3 of the 5 which were produced and the only car of the series to carry the “Intimidator” name is equipped with the actual engine block and other engine components that powered Earnhardt and the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo at several NASCAR tracks. The inspiration for RCR Series 3 Camaro came from the famous No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet race cars. Most significantly, the RCR Series 3 Camaro includes two engines, one of which is a Chevrolet SB2 block race engine built and tuned at RCR engine shop especially for this project. The other engine is an all-aluminum 427cid small block Chevy. RCR opted for Dynacorn’s beautiful body shells, licensed by GM. Beyond the body shell is an array of ZFX aircraft composite/carbon fiber body panels, including a special one-piece hood, other extreme pieces include special rocker panels, a front fascia with an integral spoiler, shaved drip rails and door locks, a rear rolled pan, custom bumpers and a NASCAR Car of Tomorrow (COT) rear wing.
Add to this flush mounted glass in back, a matching windshield with a custom logo and black Planet Color paint accented with red outlines around silver panels laid down by TPI. Other features include, Chassis Works G-Machine bolt-in frame clip with sub-frame connectors that tie to the mini-tubbed rear frame rails. This greatly improves rigidity to the unibody structure, allowing the triangulated 4-link, Hypercoil springs and Bilstein shocks to maintain the Chassis Works FAB 9 Direct Fit 9″ axle with Eaton Detroit’s Truetrac 3.55:1 gearing. Rear wheels are huge 18×12″ HRE competition wheels and BFGoodrich g-Force T/A’s, up front 18×10″ rims. As for braking, Baer’s Track System with PBR 2-piston calipers and 13×1.1″ rotors. A spectacular tribute to the Legend of Dale Earnhardt.
Due to popular demand, and the popularity of the GTO series, the 1965 Pontiac GTO brought new features, and was a much more popular car than its predecessor 1964 model. The restored 1965 Pontiac GTO model sold just over 75,000 cars that year, even though a UAW strike was taking place early on during the year. The main changes to the body of the 65 model were the new headlights, which were now vertical, and a single hood scoop, which replaced the double scoop found in 1964 and older models of the GTO family. The 65 model also featured improved camshafts, and new intakes reved up the horse power ratings to 335 in the four-barrel equipped models, and 389 and 360 horse power, in the tri-power topped engine models.
The 1965 Pontiac GTO also featured six chrome ribs, which ran down the quarter panel, and hid the headlights, until they were lit by the driver. The original price was $295.50, and for an additional $115.78, drivers could opt to purchase the tri-power vehicle model. In the middle of August that same year, another boost came in sales of the 1965 Pontiac GTO, due to the release of a dealer cold air induction kit for the tri-power series. This gave way to the Ram Air package, which continued through until the 1966 models of the GTO. One last model, the XS package, was also produced and released to the consumer market, after the engine block code on the Ram Air GTO models.