1961 Lincoln Continental
The 1961 Lincoln Contiental 4 door Sedan

1961 Lincoln Continental

Lincoln started of the 60's with 3 models to choose from and by 1961 narrowed it down to just one, the Continental. A new styling change for the Continental included shaving 8 inches off the wheelbase and over 14 inches in length. The Industiral Design Institue awarded the designers of the 1961 Continental a bronze medal. Four headlights still adorned the front grill but now they were displayed side by side. Also new for 1961 was the infamous suicide doors that opened to the center. Standard features on the Continental included a 430 cid V8 engine, automatic transmission, power windows, power brakes, and power steering.    

1961 Lincoln Continental Production and Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Continental Series
82 53A 4-dr Sedan - 6P $6,067 4,927 lbs 22,303
86 74A 4-dr Convertible - 6P $6,713 5,215 lbs 2,857

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Continental 123 in 212.4 in 80.3 in - - 9.00 x 14 (9.50 x 14 - convertible)

Vin Number Decoding - 1961 Lincoln

Location: Stamped on the right inner fender apron under hood.
First Symbol - Model Year
1 = 1961
Second Symbol - Assembly Plant
Y = Wixom, MI.
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Series
82 = Continental Sedan 86 = Continental Convertible
Fifth Symbol - Engine
H = 430 - V8 K = 430 - V8
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Starting at 400001

1961 Lincoln Options and Accessories

Description Description
Air Conditioner Heater
6-way Power Seats Speed Control
Special Interior Trim Tinted Glass
Directed Power Differential Automatic Transmission
Power Brakes Power Steering
Power Windows Power Door Locks
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