Back in the late â50s, the Ford luxury division, Lincoln, was much behind Cadillac. And not only in sales numbers but also in popularity and style. Despite building big luxurious cruisers with powerful engines, those late â50s Lincolns just weren’t as nice looking as their comparable Cadillacs.
So, Ford decided that this has to change, and the 1961 Lincoln Continental was born. When Lincoln showed the new model, the automotive public was stunned. The beautiful elegance of the styling, 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, their sales doubled. In fact, the new Continental became the official car of the White House because of its stately appearance and restrained elegance.
But the best exterior feature was the suicide doors, with the rear doors opening towards the traffic. Of course, 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 that proved to be popular and quite unique on the market.