Custom 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III
Showing just 30,084 original miles, this triple black Mark III is the epitome of late ’60s cool. You just know Sinatra owned one just like this, and prowled the Las Vegas strip in it, the big block under the hood rumbling with authority, while the luxury-filled interior coddled him and his lady companions in the finest tradition. Nothing looks better on these cars than black, and the bodywork on this one was undoubtedly very straight before the work started, and today it’s simply amazing. In the photos, you can sight down the flanks and see that there are no ripples or signs of bodywork, and that someone block sanded the hell out of this body before the two stage urethane went on. There’s a subtle relief line that runs the length of the car, kicking up on the quarter panel, and alignment is spot-on from one panel to the next. There’s about an acre of sheetmetal in that hood, and I’m astounded that they’ve been able to get it to look and fit as well as it does. The engine compartment of this car might be the nicest we’ve ever seen. Everything appears as new, from the bright Ford Blue paint on the block, to the hoses and fittings. The 460 cubic inch V8 in the Continental was a high-compression 4-barrel unit, and the Mark III was most certainly a gentleman’s express. With 365 horsepower, it powers the big coupe with effortless ease, and when you drop the hammer, it moves with real authority. The A/C system has been completely rebuilt and uses R134a refrigerant, so it will be reliable and easy to service in the future. Things like the inner fenders, the radiator cradle, and the firewall are in exceptional condition, and all the wiring appears new. With only 30,000 miles, this is an extremely strong runner that rides and drives like a full-sized Lincoln should. Harnessing all that big block power is a Ford C6 3-speed automatic driving a rugged Ford 9-inch with 2.83 gears out back. Thanks to the engine’s massive torque reserves, tall gears really aren’t required, and this is one of those cars designed to hammer across vast stretches of interstate at high speeds in supreme comfort. The exhaust system has been upgraded to some seriously big pipes and Flowmaster style mufflers, which give the big coupe a deep voice that is ideal for its luxury/sport mission. The wheels are positively massive 20-inch Boss Motorsports pieces wearing Yokohama radials, and quite honestly, they look great on the car. Where the original tires look kind of lost under those big fenders, these manage to stuff the wheel wells without significantly degrading ride quality to a great extent. The high style continues inside, where the original cloth and vinyl interior is almost 100% intact and in spectacular condition. Power windows and locks were standard equipment, of course, and the controls are at your fingertips on the nicely preserved door panel. Both the driver and passenger get six-way power seats that are fully functional and extremely comfortable. The steering wheel is a recent addition, but it looks right at home in the flashy Continental passenger compartment, with a bright billet aluminum center and a leather-wrapped rim. Cars like this are red hot right now. Collectors are realizing that they are exceptionally nice vehicles to drive, and they were some of the most expensive vehicles on the road when they were new. Pop culture has embraced ’60s Lincoln Continentals as well, and a younger generation is discovering what amazing machines these full-sized luxury cruisers really are. With a few tasteful upgrades, this Mark III is surely one of the nicest anywhere at any price. And there’s simply no color combination better than triple black on these wonderful machines.
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