Despite often sharing underpinnings with less-expensive Fords, the Continental was usually a distinctively styled, highly equipped luxury car.
The flagship model Lincoln during most its run, the Continental name conveyed special cachet in the product line. It was largely replaced by the Lincoln LS.
While this was not the first car to either carry its spare above the rear bumper or integrated into the rear bodywork, it was the first to do it so elegantly and thus this feature became known as a “Continental tire” even if the design was found on other brands. Similar spare tire placements added to more prosaic automobiles were also described as a “Continental kit”, borrowing their name from the production Lincoln Continental.
Ford’s top of the line Lincoln is probably best remembered for its center opening suicide doors and also for being the vehicle transporting President Kennedy on his fateful day.
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