BF Auction: 1967 Lincoln Continental Sedan

Sold for $3,500View Result

Project candidates come in all shapes and sizes, and picking one that suits your taste, circumstances, and budget can be challenging. An enthusiast with a family might find a Corvette impractical, but vehicles like this 1967 Lincoln Continental Sedan could be the ideal choice. It is structurally sound and complete. The Lincoln runs and drives, and the winning bidder could tackle each aspect of the restoration as time and their finances allow. This classic has been part of the same family for over thirty years, but the time has come for it to head to a fresher field. Therefore, the owner has listed this gentle giant exclusively with us at Barn Finds Auctions.

Lincoln unveiled a new Continental for the 1961 model year, marking a seismic shift in styling. Gone were the fins and acres of chrome, replaced by a more conservative and elegant appearance that made the car an ideal choice for Heads of State. This Continental has been part of the same family for approximately thirty years. It has served as a daily driver several times during that period, a role it has fulfilled admirably. It wears what the owner believes is its original Arctic White paint, which looks tired and oxidized. It can achieve a reasonable shine when polished, but the accumulated chips and cracks suggest a cosmetic refresh is warranted. The driver’s side front fender and bumper were damaged a year ago, and while they aren’t beyond salvation, a quick search reveals that a nice secondhand fender can be for under $300. It is a similar story with the few missing trim pieces, with the usual online auction sites proving a goldmine of affordable parts. The Lincoln has spent its time in the favorable climates around Denver, Colorado, and northwest New Mexico. That makes its lack of structural rust unsurprising. The floors and door frames are rock-solid, with the only steel penetration visible in the lower rear quarter panels, rear doglegs, and a couple of spots in the back door corners. The minor nature of these means patching is a viable approach. The winning bidder could fabricate these, although several companies stock the parts that would make it a simple “cut and weld” exercise. The windshield is cracked, but the remaining glass is in good order. The car rolls on chrome wheels and Moon hubcaps, but the owner includes a set of original hubcaps if the buyer decides to pursue a more stock appearance. The seller has included three YouTube clips that provide an excellent overview of this classic’s overall condition and mechanical health. They are worth watching because they offer a comprehensive insight into what is required to return this gem to its former glory.

Although it is physically smaller than its predecessor, the 1967 Continental is still a heavy beast. It tips the scales at 5,256 lbs, meaning it requires something special under the hood if performance can be considered respectable. Lincoln delivered with its 462ci V8. This powerplant produces 340hp and 485 ft/lbs of torque. Shifting duties fall to a three-speed automatic, while power assistance for the steering and brakes was integral to the 1967 Continental package. It isn’t a muscle car, but it is surprisingly quick off the mark. However, a vehicle of this caliber comes into its own on the open road, where it will effortlessly devour the miles while isolating its occupants from the outside world. This classic runs and drives, although it does require some mechanical TLC. The videos included in this article confirm the engine starts easily and the car rolls along quite nicely. The rings suffer blow-by, meaning an engine rebuild will be required relatively soon. The transmission shifts smoothly, and there are no other mechanical issues. The tires are approximately six years old but have only covered a few thousand miles. They have plenty of life left in them and could last for years if the buyer limits the use to weekend outings. The owner acknowledges he has experienced some fuel starvation on warm days courtesy of ethanol evaporation. However, he installed a carb spacer and an electric helper pump, consigning the fault to history. The ignition has been converted to a more reliable Petronix electronic system, and those are the only mechanical modifications.

Addressing the shortcomings we’ve seen with this Continental’s exterior and drivetrain are all straightforward, affordable, and within the scope of what a competent person could tackle in a home workshop. The interior may consume a few dollars, but the potential value of this classic, if returned to its former glory, makes it a worthwhile investment. The front seat cover has split, and the springs on the driver’s side have collapsed. The rear seat cover has succumbed to UV damage across the top, meaning both require new covers. These are available, although they aren’t as cheap as other classics from this era. The front power windows require switch rebuilds, and the air conditioning hasn’t worked for three decades. The clock is inoperative, and the power antenna doesn’t go all the way up or down. Those are the main issues requiring attention, although the seller notes a few minor ones in the videos. The A/C and switch rebuilds will require specialist attention. Still, the remaining tasks could be tackled in a home workshop if the buyer wants to feel satisfied and minimize restoration expenses.

Okay, this 1967 Lincoln Continental requires TLC, but it is a project that could involve the entire family. The reward at the end could be threefold. The finished product would offer a luxurious motoring experience, and the car would draw crowds if returned to its former glory. The interior refurbishment will consume a few dollars, but even those costs won’t be prohibitively high. If the new owner performs the build well, a value above $28,000 is possible in the current market. Perfection would push the figure significantly higher. Considering what is required, this project makes sound economic sense. That appears to be a good reason to submit a bid on this gentle giant.

  • Location: Aurora, Colorado
  • Mileage: 37,763 Miles Shown
  • Engine: 462ci V8
  • Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic
  • VIN: 7Y82G809030
  • Title Status: Clean

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Sold for: $3,500
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Ended: Sep 7, 2023 11:00am MDT
Winner: Troy C (Made an offer)
  • Suave79
    bid $2,050.00  2023-09-03 05:55:39
  • Whd507 bid $1,550.00  2023-09-02 19:32:27
  • David Kent bid $700.00  2023-08-31 08:46:54
  • RoadTripRevivals
    bid $200.00  2023-08-30 12:14:41

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  1. John EderMember

    I have never wanted to install air bags in a vehicle until now…

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    • Yblocker

      Whatever that’s supposed to mean

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  2. Bill Hall

    COULD BE A VERY NICE CAR FOR FAMLY ROAD TRIPS. Just figure out which project needs to be done first and go down your list.
    As for milage, I am sure it has been around at least once maybe even 232.000 but not likely?

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  3. Bob C.

    The 462 had a short run, 1966 to mid 1968 when the next generation 460 ousted it. The prior 430 was the best known from the MEL family.

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    • Yblocker

      The Mercury 383 and Edsel 410 were also from the MEL engine family

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    • Tony C

      I think I may have just hit the wrong button. If this comment ends up reported to Barn Finds, I need to state here and now that was NOT INTENDED. Bob C. Said nothing to warrant reporting. That was a mistake on my part! Apologies!

      I meant to only interact with his comment by saying the Ford engineers developed the 462 as an evolutionary improvement to the 430. Some of the smaller engines tended to bend valve pushrods or even seize up, so the 462 was developed to eliminate those risks. They were also intended to be used as service replacements for older 430-fitted cars. Then, Ford hierarchy ordered the removal of the first-gen OHV engines in favor of the cheaper, newer second-gen engines.

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  4. Courtney

    its shocking how low the auction price on this is for the 4 door sedan had a base price of 5,800 in 1967 which is equivalent to 53,100 today and also to see it with so few issues considering its age nearing 60 yrs. I personally have always had a soft spot for the Continental as my paternal uncle Danny had a couple of Mark series designer series cars when I was a kid the first had a 4.9 L V8 then the later one had a 4.6 L V8 same as the Crown Victoria at the time did

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    • PaulS

      The Denver area and northern New Mexico both get a lot of snow in the winter and salt was used on the roads all of the time. I’ve lived there. I would be leery about purchasing any vehicle from there or Florida for that matter. Just saying….

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  5. Tony C

    It looks like this car has faced a few things identical to things my own has faced, such as the front-ending that bent the bumper and fender (I’m curious as to the story with that).

    Its relatively-low price isn’t much of a surprise to me. I counted only 3 extra-cost options this car has: A/C with manual control (which I prefer anyway over the ATC), 6-way seat adjuster, and door-edge guards. The rest is base-standard. I personally think that a clap-door without power locks is just very un-luxury, plus only adding fuel to the “Suicide” fire; though no wind can open those doors, a careless passenger in the back seat can. But, that makes it easy to retrofit an aftermarket power-lock system, which isn’t that costly.

    Speaking of aftermarket, I spotted the reason why the engine tends to stall in hot weather. That fuel pump on the front is not original; it’s a p***-poor two-and-a-tee aftermarket pump which was never adequate. A proper, 3-port original pump is in order for the next owner.

    Also, how does one open the hood with the release latch missing from the dash?! And what is the purpose of that unsightly toggle switch next to the wiper control?

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    • Tony C

      Actually, he did answer those questions in videos, which I didn’t see the first time; so please disregard my questions.

      Watching the videos, I thought I saw the overheat light come on. It’s located immediately left of the steering column, and I saw it glowing red. Does that mean the car has an overheating issue? I mean, the problem may be simple, but that is serious.

      If I were closer to his location, I could probably get every issue on his car fixed, except for the body damage and the A/C. My skills haven’t really extended to bodywork, and I don’t have the training or acres of certifications to charge an A/C.

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