Oozing Style Like It’s 1962

Before I go any further with my coverage from last Sunday’s Mooneyes Street Car Nationals in Odaiba, I really have to show you guys this Lincoln Continental. It was, hands-down, my favorite car of the event.

I’ve always been a massive fan of these big old boats, possibly due to the fact that up until just a few years ago I’d never seen one up close. You know how it is, the whole mystical feel of a car that you never really see growing up as it just belongs to another time or culture. Well, that’s what the Conti’ has always been to me.

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But then a few started popping up here and there at Mooneyes shows and meets, and that’s when that love for this model really intensified. The proportions of the Lincoln alone do it for me; the body is impossibly long and wide, yet the cabin can almost be considered cramped, despite the fact that you can squeeze in six passengers on the two bench seats.

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The Continental has a real sinister feel about it; it’s almost eerie and dumped onto the ground like this one is those qualities only intensify.

This is a 1962 model and it has the best front and rear grille out of all the other production years. There’s something rather modern about the rows of chrome triangles rectangles; it just looks so fresh, almost how you’d expect an aftermarket replacement grill to look.

Another little aspect I love is how the large chrome corner bump guards recess into the bodywork. From the profile it looks like some custom fabrication was needed to get the tucked-in look, but the car actually came like this from factory.

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My only pet peeve with this car is the gigantic size of the wheels. To me, they just don’t have the right feel, but at the same time I can see why the owner went for them. The Continental has enormous wheel arches, so running anything small you’d end with a lot of empty space between the arch line and the wheel and tire. At least the wheels used have a period-correct feel; I’m guessing they are somewhere around the 24-inch size, but there was no way to check as the writing on the tire sidewalls had been shaved off.

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The smooth and uncluttered design continues at the back; it’s imposing no matter what angle you view it from. And just check out the roof line, which looks like it came with chop from factory.

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In case you don’t know what you are looking at, the chrome badges on the rear fenders will point you in the right direction.

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Of course what made this model extra special were the rear suicide doors for easy entry, just what your local mafia boss craved for in 1962.

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I don’t know if I spent more time looking at the simple interior or taking whiffs of the leather, wood and combination of plastics and glues that have been thoroughly aged for the last 56 years. This car smelled like the ’60s all the way, absolutely glorious!

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Air ride, wheels and a clean 1962 donor Conti’ – perfect execution all the way. What do you guys think about this? The ‘Don Dino’ can’t stop thinking about it.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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1

WANT!

2

"There’s something rather modern about the rows of chrome triangles"

Those would be rectangles. Please feel free to delete my comment after update.

Author3
Dino Dalle Carbonare

I blame it on auto correct lol

4

Wow, what a weird Bentley Continental! Is it JDM?

5

Lincoln Continental, not Bentley...

Author6
Dino Dalle Carbonare

No IDM

7

My dad used to drive a Continental from the 70s. Had the ovular windows and all. When that thing died, it DIED. Sweet car though.

8
The poor French carguy

That thing is an absolute beauty. The goddess of the land-yachts, pure style. You can't do anything to it, it's just perfect from the Factory. And Slightly smaller wheels with that design would've looked better with whitewall tires (IMO). I want one so bad...

Author9
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Very very much want!

10

Those are rectangles not triangles

Author11
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yes we've stated that already thank you ;)

12

Wheels are Raceline Manhattan. Available in 20 and 22. I for one love them, although I think a 20 would be sufficient. The 22's look a tad large.

Author13
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah design is spot on. They looked massive

14

I wanna see a new Continental Modified now

15

Yes, Ford did such an amazing job designing the new body.

16

simply simply lovely

17

This is awesome! I have to side the other way and say that the wheels fit perfect! The huge fender wells and slab sides of the body just eat those things up. Could they have gone smaller rim with a wide white, of course, but I think they both work.

Author18
Dino Dalle Carbonare

It would ride way better with smaller wheels and tall sidewall but yeah those 22s fill up those arches well

19
flacovalencia

Sharkmobile

20

Four sided triangles are my favourite!

21

EPIC find Dino!
Any idea what's under the hood?

Author22
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Unfortunately not. Hopefully a V12 swap. Maybe V16 haha

23

Grazie per questo, Don Dino!
ma penso di trovare il boss più divertente della mafia con gli occhiali bianchi che non conoscono nemmeno la differenza tra triangoli e rettangoli!
scusami Don Dino! stavo solo scherzando! per favore non uccidermi :D

Author24
Dino Dalle Carbonare

Troppo tardi. Mo te faccio fuori

25

spaghetti

26

A Lincoln parked on a grassy knoll.
Worth investigation.

27

The suicid doors were for dumping bodies not getting away fast. The later being impossible in a 1962 continental

Author28
Dino Dalle Carbonare

I think the bodies would have been in the massive trunk. Not that much space in the back

29
phantom2468 .

In the south we called these "Stankin Lankin". But nothing beats a '62 Lincoln. This car oozes 60's sophistication.

30

That is up there with the coolest designs of all time. Adding wheels and air just made it way cooler. Serious want for one of those! Searching eBay and Craigslist now.......

31
Dewade Wilson

i personally love the wheels, they are the stand out feature IMO

32

literally the only car where the four door looks better than the two door.

33
JBfromSiliconValley

Needs Ford SOHC 427 from Ed Pink and a CNC billet aluminium grille and those wheels would look way better in 100% satin. Still very nice though

34

Would wheels like this slow my civic down? I have been debating putting 20s or 19s on it and cant make up my mind.

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