17. 1961 Lincoln Continental
Back in the late ’50s, Ford’s luxury division Lincoln was way behind Cadillac in sales numbers, popularity and style. Despite building big luxury cruisers with powerful engines, those late ’50s Lincolns just weren’t as nice looking as the Cadillac. Ford decided that had to change, so the 1961 Lincoln Continental was born. When Lincoln showed the new model, the automotive public was stunned. The beautiful styling, elegance, conservative use of chrome, straight lines, and futuristic design transformed the four-door luxury model into a work of modern art.
All of a sudden, sales doubled and 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. This wasn’t the best solution, but it only added to the charm of the Continental. Interestingly, Lincoln offered a cool-looking four-door convertible model which proved to be popular and unique on the market.