1963 Lincoln Continental
The 1963 Lincoln Contiental Convertible

1963 Lincoln Continental

The 1963 Continental remained much of the same from the previous year except for the rear panel design and new grille. The Lincoln Continental was the only 4-door convertible offered on the American market. Available again in 1963 was the suicide doors that opened to the center and hinged to the body instead of the center pillar. Plus a light on the instrument panel blinks a warning if the rear doors are not fully closed when the ignition is on. The entire body of the 4-door sedan is welded into a single unit and protected by four coats of baked enamel. Standard features on the Continental included a 430 cid V8 engine, automatic transmission, power windows, power brakes, and power steering.  

1963 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 $6,270 4,950 lbs 28,095
86 74A 4-dr Convertible - 6P $6,916 5,360 lbs 3,138

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Continental 123 in 213.3 in - - - 9.00 x 14 (9.50 x 14 - convertible)

Vin Number Decoding - 1963 Lincoln

Location: Stamped on the right inner fender apron under hood.
First Symbol - Model Year
3 = 1963
Second Symbol - Assembly Plant
Y = Wixom, MI.
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Series
82 = Continental Sedan 86 = Continental Convertible
Fifth Symbol - Engine
N = 430 - V8 7 = 430 - V8
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Starting at 400001

1963 Lincoln Options and Accessories

Description Description
Air Conditioner Heater
Automatic Transmission 430 cid V8 engine
Power Steering Power Windows
Carpeting Electric Clock
Electric Radio Antenna Power Door Locks
Walnut Applique Instrument Panel Padded Instrument Panel
Dual Exhaust Leather Trim
Automatic Headlight Dimmer Power Vent Windows
Remote Control Outside Mirror 6-way Power Seats
Speed Control Tinted Glass
Directed Power Differential Front Seat Belts
AM/FM Push Button Radio Power Brakes
Chrome Curb Guards Visor Vanity Mirror


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