The Limo from Saving Mr. Banks

Tim Crowley
Posted on January 21, 2014

If you haven’t seen Saving Mr. Banks yet, I highly recommend it — not just for the fine acting, music, and cinematography, but also for the limousine. Actor Pual Giamatti plays a kind and courteous chauffeur, who patiently escorts grumpy protagonist, P.L. Travers, in a beautiful ‘60’s era Lincoln Continental Limousine.


The Lincoln Continental limo is one of the most iconic in history. It was made infamous after the Kennedy Assassination, and now it’s given prominent exposure in the recent Disney film.


With its signature suicide doors, the vehicle is seen driving throughout various Los Angeles locations including Disney studios and Disneyland itself. After Google searching to try and find out the precise make and model, I found that there seems to be a point of contention online over the year of the vehicle used on screen.


The film takes place in the year or two before Mary Poppins’ U.S. release in August 1964. But some are saying that the limousine is a 1965 model, while others state that it’s a 1961 model limo but with accessories that make it look like a ’65.


I don’t know for sure, and if car enthusiasts out there know then please feel free to enlighten in the comments section. The director said there were some changes needed to the Continental to bring it back to its 1960s era for its movie close up. Hancock says period bumpers, tires and mirrors had to be added back, along with an engine make-over.


“When you have old cars in the movies, the worst thing that happens is when the car doesn't start,” says director John Lee Hancock. “That's not a good use of hours in your day.”


Sounds like a little movie magic went into this great-looking limousine just as it did the film.


— Tim Crowley, LCT senior editor

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  • Jim

     | about 6 years ago

    The car is a 1965 Lincoln. The backend sheet metal and rooflines were the same on the 64-65 Lincolns, as were the 61-63. The difference is the 64 has a 3"-4" wide trim panel across the back edge of the trunk lid, and no trim on the taillights. The 65 just had a small lip molding on the bottom edge of the truck lid, and the added taillight trim. The dashboards were the same, the side glass also. The sides of the cars matched the with the earlier version, that is why the front clip off of the 61 matches up so well. In 66 the cars took on angular body lines, and had side body accent lines. I have owned, and driven all three years of these, they are fun cars, and ride great.

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