Low Mile Lincoln: 1966 Continental

This 1966 Lincoln Continental is said to be a real barn find that has been sitting since the mid-1980s. These cars have great styling and this one looks like a pretty solid project. It can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $2,500. The bidding seems to be pretty slow, but I’m sure it will pick up as the auction draws closer to the end. There is no buy-it-now price, so hopefully, the bidding is strong enough for the seller to let it go. Take a look at this big car and thanks to Russell G. for the tip on this one.

Lincolns were always known for luxury and were direct competitors with their rival, Cadillac. Even in 1966, these cars featured a ton of power options as you can see from the driver’s door. The dash looks like it is in the original condition and hasn’t been modified. The dash’s unique slanted style is eye-catching, but I’m not sure how functional it is with the controls behind the steering wheel? I bet the seats were very comfortable when they were new. They look like they could use a good leather conditioner and they might come back to life.

Even in 2-door configurations, these cars are very heavy. According to automotivemileposts.com, this model weighed nearly 5000 pounds! With all that weight, a large V8 was required to move it with the speed that luxury drivers expected. This one measures 462 cubic inches and was rated at a respectable 340 horsepower and delivered 485 ft.lb. of torque! The seller says this car cranks over but does not currently run.

While the front end of these cars may not be the most attractive, they are certainly unique and recognizable. The way the fenders extend (almost fin-like) and match the front bumper is a solid design feature. This car seems like a decent project and hopefully, it will get a chance to be on the road again. What do you think of these old Lincolns?

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  1. Howard A Member

    I can see Scotty G. screaming into the night, arms flailing. He had a car just like this, and while it was a bit much for him, ( storage, repair) it was a fantastic car. I took my road test on the old mans ’68 4 door. They are tanks, but surprisingly easy to drive, and cruise? None better.

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      Ha! I regret selling so many vehicles over the last few years, a top-three regret was my ’66 Lincoln Coupe. What a car, it was eons nicer than this one but I had $9,000 into it when I sold it… for $5.700 if I remember right. Sigh.

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  2. TimM

    Nice Lincoln!! Seems solid!! Great project at this price!!

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  3. Jasper

    Somebody had one just like this not far from home when I was younger. Always thought it was pretty cool and unusual as a two door with this roof style versus the Town Coupe look.

    If I added up all the money I’ve lost on cars!!! I’ve made some on a few, but certainly outweighed by losses.

  4. Floridacarbuff

    I bought a used 1966 four door sedan with power everything. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when behind the wheel. Comfort, elegance, silence and smoothness of ride – incomparable. When I went to work at Ford I learned why Lincolns had suicide rear doors.

  5. Maestro1 Member

    Right, Howard. I’m an enthusiast of this car as well, I had a sedan and I’m familiar with the nightmares therein. For me it’s too far away, and I am concerned about the amount of body work apparently done from the photos.
    The way to do this is to go to the car, put your hands and eyes on it and go from there. If it’s strong, it’s a project well worth it at the price.

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  6. Kev

    I see this car every day . glad it’s moving to next care taker nice car hopefully you won’t be dissapointed.

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  7. John J Muller

    Great car, I hope it finds a good caretaker to get it back on the road. Good color combination and I love leather interior in a color other than beige gray or black like today’s world offers.

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  8. Mark Evans

    Never gave these much thought. A rare car where the 4 door is more desirable. Then I saw a coupe converted to Suicide doors. Wouldn’t mod it anymore than that. Just spruce it up with fresh paint & enjoy.

  9. Pete Phillips

    Had two of these rare 2-dr. hardtops back in the 1980s. They are beautiful, well-built cars that handle with ease and have tremendous power. The 462 engine is known for blowing out its exhaust manifold gaskets–that is the only mechanical trouble I ever had with them. Windshield wipers are hydraulic-powered. If this one were closer to me, I would be bidding on it–probably just needs the points filed and the pick-up tube in the gas tank cleaned out.

  10. Robt

    Drove this same car in white with a green interior to Maine out of NYC on our honeymoon back in 1992. Awesome car. Had found it with an old Ford dealer in Pa after having sat for 12 years in the back of their garage under an ancient canoe. Had to rebuild the rear wheel brake cylinders along the way. What a ride. 462 cu in V-8, Carter 4bbl, power vent windows, ac, power disc brakes on the front, working factory 8-track in the dash … rebuilt the carb enroute as well. What always amazed me was the car was a unibody, no chassis! No moose on the roads in Maine either.

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