Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible – Soaking Up The Sun In Budapest

There’s something about seeing a suicide-door Lincoln convertible with the doors open that inevitably gives a bit of a jolt, no matter that you’ve seen it many times before. It’s just not…normal. Between the four doors and the rear-hinged rear door, it’s like a clam shell opening up. The fully hidden top just adds to that.

It’s a bit surreal. In a good way. And it’s nice to see that this one has found an adoring audience in Budapest, Hungary. Roshake 77 took the shots.

But then these Contis give me a bit of a tingle regardless of whether it’s a convertible or sedan. What a superb design, one that rocked the world in 1961, blowing the Chrysler-GM jet-pod fin-flash cars out of the water, making them instantly obsolete. It’s hard for me to pinpoint another American car that reflected such a drastic change and was so influential.

I will admit to not being quite so fond of the tail end as the front end. The “decor” in that inset trim panel is too fussy for the rest of the car. They should have just skipped it and rolled the trunk lid edge down to the bumper, like they mostly did in 1964. It was obviously the weak spot in this superb design.

That says it all.

And I said it all in my tribute to the 1961-1966 Continentals here, titled “The Last Great American Luxury Car”.