22. 1961 Lincoln Continental
Back in the late ’50s, Ford’s luxury division Lincoln was far behind Cadillac in sales numbers and popularity. Despite building big luxurious cruisers with powerful engines, those late ’50s Lincolns just weren’t as high-quality or as attractive as the comparable Cadillacs. Ford decided that had to change and the 1961 Lincoln Continental was born.
When Lincoln revealed the new model, the automotive public was stunned. The beautiful, elegance style, conservative use of chrome, straight lines, and then-futuristic design transformed the four-door luxury model into a work of modern art. All of a sudden, sales doubled. Soon, the new Continental became the official car of the White House because of its stately appearance and restrained elegance.
The best exterior feature was the suicide doors with the rear doors opening towards the traffic. Although this wasn’t the best solution, it added to the charm of the Continental. Lincoln also offered a cool-looking four-door convertible model. It proved to be highly popular and quite unique on the market making the Continental one of the best sedans ever.