Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1966 Lincoln Continental Coupe – With A Little Help From My (GM) Friends

I’m sitting here in my van on Friday night in Port Orford, and there’s nothing for the lead-off post for Saturday. Time to head for the Cohort: Score! Nifticus just posted these pictures of a ’66 Lincoln Continental coupe, a rather rare thing to see out on the streets, and a car that has always fascinated me. So now I get to tell you why.

I’ve never been a big fan of the changes made to the Continental sedan in 1966, with its GM-aping hip implants. But this new coupe addition to the lineup, the first Lincoln coupe since 1960, now that was a bit unexpected. But with that GM-aping coupe roof line, it works much better. In relative terms, that is. It’s no…Riviera.

When I say “GM-aping”, I’m not saying it was a blatant copy of one of their cars, but both the Coke-bottle hips and the roof line were clearly heavily influenced by the  seminal  1963  Buick  Riviera. This was the car that finally put the traditional Ford formal coupe roof out to pasture.

There’s also an overtone of 1965  Olds Starfire coupe, especially in the overly-long trunk.

From this angle, it’s got Riviera written all over it.

Of course it can’t touch the Riviera for originality, proportions and all the other fine details that made it a classic in its time.

I’m not a big fan of the new front end, but I guess Ford felt it had to be more dramatic and bold.Still beats what they did with it in 1969, I guess.

What’s behind that new front end is also a bit fascinating, in a slightly perverse way. It’s the then-new 462 cubic inch version of the hoary MEL engine; its penultimate outing, one that only lasted two years before being replaced by the much more modern 460 V8. But something about that big hunk of MEL V8 has a certain pull; as in the pull of 485 of torque. How about swapping in the tri-carb induction system that was available on hot Mercurys back in 1958 or so? Now that would make a nice hot rod Lincoln.

Just like the 462, the new Conti coupe roof also only lasted two years before being replaced by this obviously Mark III inspired version in 1968. No need to ape GM anymore! The Mark III nailed the Ford look to come for the next quarter century. This does nothing for me.

I’m liking this one more and more, especially without the wheel covers. Maybe strip off the Lincoln badges, hood ornament and Continental script, to make it look even more anonymous. Folks will be guessing what GM coupe it is. It’s an Olds Century Silverstreak Super Plasmafire!

I need to cut this short, as the moon is out in full glory on a perfectly clear night, meaning a walk up to the Port Orford Heads trails to see the ocean and coast views in its light. No headlamp for me, even for the first stretch through the woods. I always loved hiking at night, and this makes me feel young again. At my age, I take that whenever I can.

That was awesome. No; that’s not my picture. And it’s not what it looked like; this is one of those super long exposures. Actually, this same view south was remarkable, as there was only one faint light from a house up in the woods to be seen, looking down some 20 miles of coast line. Hwy 101 turns inland at Humbug Mountain (on the left in this shot), and the coast is very rugged and not very accessible for some distance. I’m assuming the glow on the horizon s from the town of Gold Beach, 27 miles south, and only picked up because of the long exposure.

The view to the north was dominated by the lighthouse at Cape Blanco, and some houses near the beach that are visible from up there. The town of Port Orford sits directly on the other side of the heads, so it’s otherwise not visible from up there.

Yes, nature trumps cars; at least for me.