1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible / Photos and Specs

The Lincoln Continental from the years 1961 through 1963 were some of the most handsome large American cars ever produced. The Continental first appeared during the 1939 model year and was meant to be a one-off car for Edesl Ford’s personal use.

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1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible

The Kennedy Presidential Limousine

As a side note, the Kennedy presidential limousine was built by the Ford Motor Company at its Lincoln plant in Wixom, Michigan in January 1961. Hess & Eisenhardt of Cincinnati, Ohio was responsible for customizing the car to function as a presidential parade limousine. The car had some alterations between it’s completion in 1961 and 1963. The limousine of course was reinforced and was lengthened three and a half feet in length among many other modifications. This Lincoln Continental was given the name X-100 and also referred to as the SS 100-X.

The 1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible featured in this article had a reputation of being superbly engineered with a unit body/chassis and very close machining tolerances. This was also the case with both the 1961 and 1963 Continentals.The 1958 through 1960 Continentals had some quality control issues and fortunately this next generation of cars (61-63) did a lot to alleviate that perception problem.

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62 Lincoln Continental Convertible front end and grille

In 1961 the Lincoln Continental got an all new design. The new model had a fine reception among luxury car buyers. Compared to the 1960 model the body was smaller and more modern and sleek. This design largely penned by Elwood Engel set a new styling tone for American luxury sedans and convertibles.

A Great Design

The 1961 Lincoln Continental design which carried over to the 1962 and 1963 models was originally intended to be the new 1961 Ford Thunderbird. The design concept was eventually enlarged and altered a bit before being switched to the Lincoln line by Robert McNamara.

The 1961 Lincoln Continental design was conceived beautifully and became one of the division’s most successful and enduring designs. As an example of it’s design acceptance, The Industrial Design Institute awarded it a coveted Bronze Medal which is quite rare for an automobile to receive. Motor Trend Magazine in it’s May 1962 issue had editors compare the Lincoln Continental with a Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special and an Imperial LeBaron. The Continental was the lower priced of the three and the editors felt it was also the sportiest of the three cars.

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62 Lincoln Continental interior and dashboard

During his long career Engel worked for General Motors, the Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Corporation. With Chrysler Engel became Vice President and Director of Styling.

The new design used suicide doors, which even today are quickly noted by almost all auto enthusiasts. In general the 1962 Lincoln Continental was more compact than those from 1960. For the 1962 Continental a simpler front grille design with floating rectangles and a thin center bar was adopted.

The convertible was also the first four-door open car offered in the marketplace by a major U.S. automaker since the end of World War II. More than 25,000 new Lincolns were sold during the 1961 model year. This as a huge success for Ford’s Elwood Engel, who was solely responsible for the entire design.

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62 Continental rear end

1962 Lincoln Continental Specifications

The Lincoln Continentals produced from 1961 through 1963 all came with a 430 cubic inch overhead valve -8 delivering 300 horsepower. This was the big Lincoln V-8 from previous years but was detuned to an extent.

The car’s transmission was a three-speed automatic.

Suspension was a coil spring independent front and a live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs in the back.

Brakes were  four-wheel hydraulic drums.

The 62 Continental had a 123.0 inch wheelbase. Length was 213.0 inches, width 78.6 inches and height for the convertible at 53.7 inches. Weight was about 5,200 lbs.

Production numbers for the 1962 Lincoln Continental were 27,849 four door sedans and 3,212 four door convertible sedans. Total four door convertible sedans built during the three year 1961-63 run were 9,207 vehicles which help make the convertibles rare today.

New car price on the 1962 Continental Convertible was about $6.700.

The 1961 Lincoln Continental was the first car manufactured in America to be sold with a 24,000 miles or 2-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.

For registration purposes you’ll find the serial number (VIN) die-stamped under the hood on the right front inner fender apron above the upper suspension arm opening.

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Another view of the Continental interior and suicide doors

The 1962 Lincoln Continental Collector Car

As mentioned above, the 1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible is very rare with original production of 3,212 with some of these being shipped overseas.

Continentals of this generation are favored by collectors and have appeared in several movies.

Restoring a Lincoln Continental can be a costly endeavor. Sometimes you can find an old Continental of the early 1960′s era for under $10,000 but to restore the vehicle to collectible condition can cost $30,000 to $40,000 depending on the original condition.

As of this writing you’ll likely find restored 1962 Lincoln Continentals in the range of $30,000 to $45,000 and upward. As always, degree of restoration and originality will influence the price.

(Article and photos copyright 2014 AutoMuseumOnline)

A Classic / The 1980 MGB Roadster

MG got it’s name from “Morris Garages Limited which was established in 1910 by William Richard Morris. This Oxford England operation began producing the popular MG automobiles in 1920. In 1935 Morris folded the MG brand into his holding company and then decades later in 2005 the Nanjing Automobile Group purchased the rights to the MG brand and the assets of the MG Rover Group.

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The MGB Roadster

The Successful MG MGB

The MGB was one of the longest lasting MG  models being produced from 1962 through 1980. Some refer to the MGB’s as the last real MG’s produced.

The engine employed was a 110 cubic inch Inline four cylinder engine delivering as high as 95 horsepower. The engine was essentially an MGA engine bored out to 1.8 liters.

The MG MGB series were known as solid engineered automobiles that were quite sturdy and simple to maintain. In addition to this, the MGB’s were relatively inexpensive to buy and operate.

The MGB was introduced in September of 1962 and was the successor to the MG MGA. British Motor Corporation, which also built Austin-Healeys as well as MGs, saw  no reason  to make more than minor modifications to the MGB for many years. Most of the changes had to do with the car’s engine which for example utilized a five-main-bearing engine in 1965 that replaced the three-main-bearing design that had come from the earlier MGA.

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1980 MGB Roadster

The MGB was truly a success for Mg. If anything the series stayed around a bit too long since competitors were updating their models since the late 1960′s.

The 1980 MGB Roadster

The 1980 MGB Roadster was the last model year for this series. Eighteen years was a long and successful run. MG sold a total of 500,000 of the MGB’s over it’s very long run. For today’s MG enthusiast this means there’s plenty of spare parts floating around.

1980 MG MGB Roaster Specifications

As mentioned above, not a lot of changes to the MGB over it’s 18 year production period other than with the engine and transmission. The MGB engine continued to be a BMC 100 cubic inch Inline four. The 1962-64 models had three main bearing engines with five main bearing engines coming out in 1965.

A Mark II version of the MGB starting in 1968 had an all synchronized four speed gearbox. The previous MGB had a non-synchronized first gear. The MK II body style was introduced in 1967 and ran through the end of the MGB series in 1980.

Brakes were disc in the front and drums in the rear.

MGB interior and dashboard

MGB Roadster interior and dashboard

MGB specifications were altered much more to meet U.S. safety regulations in the early 1970′s. This included a dashboard overlay which hid the glovebox and wasn’t really stylish. The engines were detuned which dropped horsepower and torque just about every year thereafter. The U.S. models also got rubber bumpers which didn’t help with styling and suspensions were lifted to have the headlights conform to U.S. height standards.

MGB’s dimensions include a wheelbase of 91.0 inches, a length of 153.3 inches and a weight of about 2,300 lbs.

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Two good reads regarding the MGB includes…MGB: The Racing Story by author John Baggott and MGB: The Complete Story by Brian Laban.

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MGB Roadster

MGB Collector Cars

Formed in 1973, the MG Owners Club is the World’s largest single marque car club and is located in the U.K. There are several MG car clubs all around the United States and in Australia. There are a total of about fifteen MG car clubs in Australia alone.

Out of all the MG’s produced, one of the very rarest collector MG is the MG K3 Magnette, which can claim to be the most successful of all the MG automobiles. The already popular Magna series was complimented by the addition of what was to be known as the K series Magnettes. There was a K1 and a K2 model but neither appeared at the same time as the MG K3. The K3 was designed at MG’s racing department and prototypes were put together there. When production began two of the K3′s were entered in European competition. The K3 was produced from 1933 through 1934 and only 33 were built. Obviously a very rare car.

The MGB is a great car for starter collections in as much as they are relatively inexpensive. The values are said to be creeping up as more collectors enter the market. As years go by less expertly restored models are for sale thereby pushing prices up. 1980 MGB’s will likely be priced in the $6,000 to $12,000 range depending of course on condition, degree of restoration, exact model and whether rust is a factor.

(Articles and photos copyright 2014 AutoMuseumOnline)