Project Suicide? 1965 Lincoln Continental

Sixties Lincoln’s have been the subject of numerous high-end builds and customizations over the years. A lot of popular automotive television shows have featured builds on these cars. Actor Dax Shepard’s personal ’67 was featured in the movie Hit & Run and stole the show. It’s easy to see why they are so popular: great styling, good stock power, room for at least five friends, a trunk that will hold pretty much anything along with suicide rear doors make these cars very fun. This particular car is a 1965 model. For sale here on craigslist in the town of Rigby, Idaho with an asking price of $3,800. This seems to be a pretty good bargain for a solid project.

This car seems to have a lot of the work done already.  The installed air ride system is a big plus.  Not only will it improve the handling, but it gets the car low, and will make it look great with big wheels.  The stance is already looking right even with steel wheels.  There are only two pictures in the ad, which is always a disappointment.  It looks like the interior and trim have been stripped.  Hopefully all the parts are still accounted for and in good shape.  The ad does state they have all trim, chrome and interior bits.

Actor Dax Shepard’s 1967 Lincoln Continental.  This car features a Ford Racing 521ci big block crate motor making 700 horsepower.  Photo courtesy Popular Hot Rodding

The ad for the ’65 also states 95% ready for paint.  Not sure exactly which 5% is left, but these cars have huge flat panels which don’t hide bad bodywork, especially when painted black.  Hopefully the body work and rust repair have been done right.  The car also includes a 430ci MEL (Mercury, Edsel, Lincoln) engine and C6 transmission.  If you have dreams of crating your own heavy-weight high-performance cruiser, this might be the right project for you.

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  1. RichS

    My FIL lives in Rigby and I have always wanted one of these, but it would be an instant divorce kit for me if I brought home another project. Ugh.

  2. Pa Tina

    To get to the “Dax” level, the Lincoln would need what I would need to get to the “Dax” level- A complete body replacement plus 50 hours of plastic surgery.

  3. Luke Fitzgerald

    I feel sick

  4. Kevin

    The included powertrain seems questionable. If my memory serves me right, a 65 should be the 462ci. And the C-6 trans did not arrive till 1966. Correct me if I’m wrong

    • GearHead Engineering


      ’65 still had the 430.

      But the trans should not be a C-6 for a ’65.

      – John

      • Kevin

        I’m an ole Ford guy, but not really up on Lincolns. I new I was at least right about the C-6 The 462 must have been short lived, as it was replaced by.the 460 in 68. Thanks for the info John

    • James

      The 462 came in the 1966 and 1967

  5. Dngfld

    This might have been mine at one time….I had a low mileage ’65 years ago. I live in Twin Falls, Idaho. I sold it in Boise, so who knows what happened to it. Very nice cruisers!!!!

  6. Paul

    Had a ’69 that was a blast, especially with friends out on the town. The valet was always impressed w/ the suicide doors!

  7. Rich Nepon

    I was gifted a 64 black on black for a wedding present when my 65 Buick 225?convert was stolen. Loved it a few years until a flywheel tooth chipped off. Crawling under to move the flywheel so the starter would engage got old quick.

    • Pa Tina

      I have to ask- Why didn’t you replace the flywheel?

    • Oingo

      I had same issue with a manual trans and 3300 lb car and could rock it with my foot while sitting in the driver’s seat.

  8. DrinkinGasoline

    What magnificent vehicles. You could literally use your index finger to close the doors. With very little pressure, there was a subtle “double click” and the door was closed with that unmistakable solid feel.
    These vehicles in the upper middle class during the era meant “you made it”, along with Cadillac and Chrysler. If you could muster a Olds, Merc, or Buick in the middle class, you were king of the blue collar neighborhood when most were trying to pay off a Chevrolet, Dodge or Plymouth. My Grandfather refused to buy the top of the line Chrysler, opting for the Windsor, even though he was very successful. He was a very humble gentleman, but loved Chrysler’s.

  9. grant

    Funny how some writers will opine that a half finished project will be a good deal for someone, and others will warn about picking up in the middle of someone else’s work. This will be a nice car when done, hopefully someone gets rid of the air bags and puts proper wheels on it.

  10. Mr. TKD

    Mobsteel — line one.

  11. Rob M.

    Road trip! Otis! My man!

  12. Old Car Guy

    I have no use for air ride or outsized wagon wheels on cars. To me they both suck but I am an opinionated old fart. The way I had my ’63 Rambler Classic V8 set up I doubt many cars today could touch it in a run in hilly and curvy roads. Look on a map of the road from Seaside to Portland Oregon in the Hollywood District and tell me you could make that run in daylight in 55 minutes or less. I did in 1971. I had 775 x 14 tires and HD springs & shocks but nothing outrageous like people do to cars nowadays.

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