EXCLUSIVE: Famous 1968 Lincoln Continental ($7k Price Drop!)

UPDATE 3/14/17 – The seller has decided to drop the price to $5k for a quick sale!

FROM 2/17/17 – There’s just something fun about a car with an interesting past. I’ve noticed that late ’60s Lincolns seem to have often been involved in some type of interesting enterprise, questionable activity or historically important event that many have some impressive stories behind them. This Continental might not have been owned by a crime lord or a famous actor, but it has stared in a movie and a music video! After spending time in the bright lights, it made its way into a barn and was forgotten until reader Scott B was asked by the owner to help find a new home for it. It’s currently found in Pinon Hills, California with an asking of $12k $5k!

From Scott B – This car was the car used in the film “Dead Presidents.” It was also used in a music video with Issac Hayes. That is the car. I am helping a friend sell this car. She is a friend of the Director of “Dead Presidents,” Allen Hughes, who the car belongs to.

The interior is missing a couple of parts, and the dash is cracked. Otherwise the seats are all but perfect as well as the head liner.

The car was running as it should when it was parked. It has not been started in years but the proper process should be fine. No information regarding any damage to electrical as a result of being stored in the barn.

The body is in excellent condition other then the vinyl top. The paint is faded, but no dents and no rust, California car. Been in the barn for 5-7 years. More photos can be seen here.

Yes, this Lincoln has some problems and I don’t think being in a movie adds a ton of value to it, but what a cool machine and fun history. I’d clean it up, get the engine running, install a new vinyl top and take this big cruiser out for a spin! If you’d like to do the same, you can reach Scott using the form below:

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  1. Mark Hoffman

    My cousin had a 68 Lincoln in 1985. He offered it to me when he bought a newer car. Wish I had taken him up on that.

  2. M/K

    Where in California is there phone numbers with only 9 digits? I love this car though, I use to like Cadillacs more but over the last 10 years or so i’ve been taken with Lincolns especially these “Kennedy” versions. Maybe it’s the fact you hardly see them anymore but i’m drawn to them like flies to pooh.

  3. Howard A Member

    I took my drivers test on a car just like this. Even the examiner was a little taken back, but it was actually a very easy car to drive, despite being so big. Passed 1st time. I believe the seller has lofty expectations for this car, I don’t see this car bringing 1/4 of what they’re asking. Maybe if it was in better shape. These things have like 100 miles of wire in them, and be a lot to get this right. One of the last cars with “suicide” rear doors, ’69 for Lincoln, ’71 for Thunderbird. These were nice cruisers, but have that gas card ready, 6-9 mpg is about all you’ll get.

    • Trickie Dickie Member

      A serious question I have always wanted to ask. Why are suicide doors such a big deal? Continual comments on them always drive Continental owners crazy, especially at cars shows. As if that person was the first ever to notice them. Two of my Continental friends stopped showing because of these comments. As soon as I started reading comments here today, I knew I would run across a “suicide doors” reference. This one is not a good candidate for restoration. It would be a bottomless money pit.

      • Tom Member

        Really? This car is one of the best candidates for restoration I have seen on Barnfinds in a long time. CA car, little to no rust, fairly complete and little bit of history AND whether you like it or not….this is a car that is pretty highly sought after. True, a full resto will put most cars (including this one) in the red. Suicide doors are unique and cool. Sorry you don’t like them.

        I have an idea, share with us your ideas of YOUR favorite car and some of your favorite nuances can we will crap all over your favorites.

        Sorry, I am a big fan of calling a car what it is but it is not WHAT you say but HOW you say it. You could say “Restoring this car will put you in over what the car is worth….worth in the market place…..but what is it WORTH to you? For someone who is a fan of the car or a fan of the movie or a fan of Issac Hayes….the car has an unknown upward value.

      • Howard A Member

        Um,,,stopped showing their cars BECAUSE of these comments? I’m not sure where to go with that, but that’s terrible. When I showed my ’50 Packard ( and yes, I got used to the “pregnant elephant ” jokes) I WANTED to answer questions about it. ( No, it’s not a Hudson, it’s a Packard) I let people sit in it, start it up, listen to that straight 8 purr. I’m sorry, TD, that really “grinds my gears”. This is what car shows have become? No questions, don’t even want to talk to you. I do agree, there are nicer Lincoln’s out there, they weren’t exactly rare. Also, suicide doors, go back to the gangster days, when, they’d take you “for a ride”, tie you to the rear door, and open the door. WHOOSH.

      • John

        Take away the suicide doors and you a big, slab sided 60’s luxury car. I mean sure they are nice looking cars in and of themselves, but the suicide doors are what makes them cool. I think if that bothered your friends, maybe they should sell the cars to people who like to be asked the same questions over and over.

        I own a 74 BMW 2002 – everyone says ‘I had a friend who had one of those’. I guess, I should stop showing it because everyone says that to me? Not picking on you, but your friends, sad they feel this way.

    • Woodie Man

      Had a ’63.in ’74……perfect condition..light blue with a blue interior…..Craig 8 track on the hump! LOL………paid 250.00………and I mean it looked like a new car. Agreed.much prefer the ’61-63..while I liked the movie Dead Presidents.ie…money honey……I dont think it adds a penny to the value. Giving its needs I agree with you……..I wouldnt pay more than 4K and that might be a stretch.

      Somwhere money became so devalued that 250.00 became 12 K forty years later…sheesh………..

  4. Jason

    Dead Presidents is one of my favorite films. I’ll give her 12 bucks for the vanity plate.

  5. Walt

    I had a black 64, an unrestored beauty. Bought it in 1987, sold in 1998 with 62000 miles. During history search, it was determined the car originally belonged to a U.S. attorney appointed by LBJ. According to widow, the car was at the Whitehouse many times. Last I knew, the car was near New York City and may have been sold to someone in South Carolina.

  6. Rustytech Member

    Suicide doors are a big deal because they are uncommon. These Lincolns were the last to use them. I always liked them, they made getting in and out a breeze. The problem with them was, if anyone Opend the door while the vehicle was moving they would suck you out like a vacuum. They disappeared because as always someone decided they needed to protect the public from their own stupidity. Unfortunately these cars are money Pitts when their in good shape, this is going to cost a fortune to restore.

    • Woodie Man

      The “public” clearly needs protection from their own stupidity. Examples abound. Suicide doors are not one of them. :)

    • Dave Wright

      When I was in high school one of my classmates drove her dad’s late model Tbird 4 door. A group of kids were in it coming down the mountain after a ski trip…….mostly drunk. Someone in the right rear got sick and opened the door to puke………the door caught the snow bank and instantly destroyed the right tear of the car including ripping off the rear bumper. I wouldn’t discount the insurance industry’s influence in the suicide doors disappearing.

    • Treebeardzz

      They also had another reason for losing popularity: Mini-skirts became very popular at the time of their demise – suicide doors made it impossible to get out of the back seat without a show and the moneyed set that bought these cars did NOT want their teen-age daughters flashing.

  7. David Miraglia

    one of my favorite Lincoln designs

  8. Bob C.

    What’s under the hood? This is the year the earlier models had the MEL 462 before switching over to the newer 460s later in the year.

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  9. Brad C

    Film still

  10. Ralph

    Thats still way too many Dead Presidents for one of these considering the shape its in…….

  11. SoCal Brian

    Damn, I could pick up a trailer and be there in less than an hour. Really would like to pick this up, but my other half would freak out if she came home and saw this in the driveway. No way is it fitting in the garage. And she is already not happy because I have more than one motorcycle. Oh to be single again.

  12. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

    Scott has decided to lower his price to $5k!

  13. Nova Scotian

    Wow love it! Black on this is perfect for giving it the “gangsta” attitude at night. Redo the roof… Add some modern blacked out rims and tires, “spook” the windows….BAD ASS…BAD ASS.

  14. alfred

    Bad ass. Took the words right outta my mouth

  15. John

    We had a 65 in yellow for about 3 months – I think after the 5th or 6th breakdown, we sold it. It was cool. The suicide doors are just something!

  16. jackthemailman

    Is “Issac” Hayes Isaac Hayes’s stupid little brother?


    It is giving me blaxploitation movie era flashbacks…even though the preferred car for those films was a Caddy. That being said…still on the high side price-wise for what you’ll have to do in restoration.

  18. Hot rod Lincoln

    In the Fall of ’71 as the new ’72 Continentals arrived on the showroom floor, I acquired a local one-owner ’68 Continental with only 38,000 miles from my local dealer in Mdl TN. It still appeared as a ‘new’ car. It was equipped with the 462 ci MEL, 250 rear axle ratio, and dual exhaust. I was young, and couldn’t keep the heavy hubcaps on the car. A manual choke cable was soon installed to ‘adjust’ the distributor timing on the top-end. We never knew what it would run as it only indicated 120. For those that may not know, the ’68 Continental 462ci MEL in the proper state of tune, would ‘pull’ all 4 closed windows open 1 1/2″ at the top. It was a very fast car on top end. Everything worked. I never had electrical problems (perhaps it was still fresh). I eventually stored my hubcaps and cruised around town with the cleanest black steel wheels and chrome lug nuts. Hey, I was a young man back then.

  19. David Miraglia

    one of the best Lincoln designs of all time. Still remember the one from
    Animal House….

  20. Tim W

    I have always heard these called ” Kissing 4 doors”. My Aunt had a mid-60’s Lincoln kissing 4 door in the late 60’s, black on black. She would pile all us kids in it (6), and drive us to the local pool. Cool car….

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