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Washington Operator Buys 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Posted on October 17, 2012

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Operator Eli Darland bought a classic Lincoln on Sept. 25 in San Diego and spent the next few weeks driving it up the coast through California and Oregon.

LCT PHOTO GALLERY HERE.

Darland, who owns Rare Form Limousine of Seattle, winner of a 2012 Operator of the Year Award, is a Lincoln enthusiast who stopped at the Continental Owners Club Western National Meet in Concord, Calif., during his journey. Darland drove U.S. Highway 101 from San Diego to Seattle, and stopped off to take plenty of pictures of his newfound love.

Some facts about the 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible:

  • Only 2,857 built
  • It was the first year of the Elwood Engel designed so-called "slab-side" Continental with center-opening doors.
  • This factory VIN restored example is painted Columbia Blue Metallic with Blue metallic leather, with a base price of $6,713, and a price as optioned of $7,455.25. Today's NADA value for one in excellent condition is $61,380.
  • The engine is the only engine offered, the 7.0L high-compression V-8 making 300 hp @ 4100 rpm and 465 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm, mated to the twin-range turbo drive 3-speed automatic transmission.
  • Installed options include air conditioning, speed control, 6-way power seats, front seat belts, outside rear view mirror, and satin-brushed door inserts and color-matched vinyl inserts on the instrument panel, glove compartment door and control panel.
  • It has unibody construction with a shipping weight of 5,175 lbs.
  • Standard equipment includes power steering, power windows, power door locks, hydraulic windshield wipers, and electric windshield washer.
  • Convertible top is completely automatic with a single button on the instrument panel controlling the operation. Unlocking the top at the windshield header, raising the rear deck, lowering the top, and closing the rear deck are controlled by electric relays. When one step is completed, the next follows immediately.
  • Rear leg room is 40.3 in.

-- Martin Romjue, LCT editor

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