Leaving Lowes yesterday, I came across this 1965 Lincoln Continental. While admiring it, I couldn’t help but think of the hit song “Hot Rod Lincoln” which was written in 1955 by Charlie Ryan. Over the years, there have been numerous covers of the song including the most famous one by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airman. While the song is about a Model A with a Lincoln Zephyr V12, this Lincoln has the 430 cubic inch MEL engine that was standard from 1961 thru 1965.
While it is now living a new life as a street rod, this Lincoln still has an elegant look to it. The crisp lines of Elwood Engel’s original look still shine through and this is the last model year before the 1966 design. Paul wrote a great article on the 1965 Lincoln and its place in automotive history (https://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-american/curbside-classic-1965-lincoln-continental-the-last-great-american-luxury-car/) which I highly recommend as required reading for any Lincoln enthusiast. I was amazed by its size. I had always heard that Lincolns were the “smaller” luxury car in the early 1960’s but this car has presence.
I could well imagine arriving at a formal affair in this Lincoln.