Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
If untouched, original cars are your thing, this low-ownership 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III should get your attention. With a survivor presentation inside and out, only 68,944 actual miles on the clock, and original mechanicals that have that silky smoothness that only the factory knew how to install, it's an incredible hardtop coupe that delivers luxury and style like few other cars can.
Aside from some touch-up paint here and there through the years, this 68K-original-mile Lincoln practically defines the word "survivor." The Code M White (Lincoln marketers were by far the laziest when it came to naming their colors) was factory-applied over some laser-straight original sheetmetal, and despite a few signs of use and age acquired through the years, it still looks spectacular in person today. The combination of the bright paint and black vinyl roof is a striking contrast, giving the big luxury cruiser a sporty flair that easily masks its size. Check out that contrast line that runs from nose to tail, paralleling the fenders, the traditional Continental tire hump on the trunk, and the gothic-looking grille, all of which defined American luxury for a generation. The folding headlamps, which were new on the Mark III, work just as they should, and all the chrome is bright and clear with only a minor patina. Despite it's 52 years on the road, this Lincoln looks a lot younger, with a dialed-in, top driver-grade presentation that's bound to look great for years to come. Amazing!
Black leather makes the interior a very luxurious and upscale place. Diamond-tufted seats show a nice patina and a few comfort marks, with the driver's bolster understandably showing the most wear, but the leather itself remains supple and smooth in the rest of the car, without any further cracking that seems inevitable on older luxury cars. Perhaps it was the quality of the original materials, but this car looks maybe 10 years old, not 50+, and the largely untouched back seat has to be seen to be believed. Both the door panels and dashboard are similarly well preserved, where the woodgrain applique has survived intact, and the original steering matches it perfectly as the anchor of the cabin. The carpets are original, so they show some age, and the headliner above is all original and amazingly still taut. This coupe is also loaded with every luxury and convenience item Lincoln could come up with, including factory A/C, power windows, power seat, power door locks, and a tilt wheel just to name a few. Out back, the massive trunk is all-original and has obviously put some work in through the years, but with some fresh carpets it would look as good as new.
Power for the Mark III came from Ford's biggest V8, a 460 cubic inch monster making a stout 365 horsepower thanks to a four-barrel carburetor and H-pipe dual exhaust. This one starts and runs easily with just the turn of the key, and idles with a muscular hum that suggests great power waiting in reserve. The engine bay is all stock, with Ford Blue paint on the block and valve covers, and snorkeled original air cleaner, and all the hoses and other soft parts are supple and undamaged. It's backed by Ford's indestructible C6 3-speed automatic transmission, which delivers luxuriously smooth shifts that are always unobtrusive, and with tall gears in the 9-inch rear, it cruises at highway speeds with barely a murmur from the dual exhaust system. Underneath it's all-original and surprisingly clean considering its age, and the stock set-up means there aren't surprises to be worried about. American Racing Halibrand-style wheels with spinners look fantastic on tis coupe, although the original turbine wheel covers also come with the sale if the next owner wants to go back to stock. The stance is just about perfect, with rubber meeting the road via a set of Toyo performance radials at each corner.
Survivors simply don't get much nicer than this, and few restored cars can duplicate the feel of an unmolested, original vehicle. With a gorgeous color combination and astounding preservation from reportedly just 3 owners (2 in the same family), this one is special. Call today!
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