Concept Classic: 2002 Lincoln Continental Concept – What Might Have Been

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Lincoln is a mess, and has been for a long time. This is the car that could have changed that.

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Maybe not in the exact size and details as the concept, which was a huge thing with a 136.6″ wheelbase and 6 liter V12. As much as the idea of a top-tier  car appeals in principle, the heart of the premium market is for smaller cars; hence the Cadillac CTS. Seems to me that the Ford/Jaguar DEW98 platform, as used  by the Lincoln LS and still used by the Jaguar XF would have hosted a shorter version quite appropriately, with an updated version of the design. Or maybe both, if Ford had been feeling ambitious.

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The interior was certainly an inviting space, evoking the clean and sparse sensibility of the ’61 Continental. Oh well,

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The 2002 Lincoln Concept was sold at auction in 2010 for $56,100. It’s nice to know someone is enjoying it. But there’s a lovely MKS waiting for us as a consolation at the Lincoln dealer. It’s going to have a long wait.

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