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.