Throwback to the 1960s celebrates the model's 80th birthday
Lincoln is celebrating the Continental’s 80th anniversary with a nice dose of nostalgia, adding coach doors—otherwise known as “suicide doors”—to a limited run of 80 examples. The aptly named Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition integrates a design cue first introduced on the model in 1961 and pays homage to that vintage classic.
When it first arrived in 1939, the Lincoln Continental was a custom-made, handcrafted luxury car commissioned by Edsel Ford and built by Eugene T. Gregorie. But the model’s status as an automotive icon arguably wasn’t achieved until 1961, when the fourth-generation Continental launched with rear-hinged rear doors and a chrome-accented upper shoulder line that would become a Lincoln trademark. A modified fourth-gen Continental also had the distinct honor of serving as a presidential limousine from the early 1960s until 1977. That vehicle made history for a more sorrowful reason in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in the back seat.
The Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition will come loaded with a long list of standard features, including the 30-way Perfect Position front seats, Active Noise Control, and a Revel Ultima audio system. It is based on the range-topping Black Label trim and will be available in a number of unique interior themes like Chalet and Thoroughbred, both of which feature vibrant color schemes and two-tone upholstery.
Buyers interested in the Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition will need to order the car via a dealership certified to sell Black Label-grade Lincoln models. Like all Black Label models, the special edition Continental gets you perks like annual vehicle detailing, complimentary car washes, access to exclusive restaurants, and pickup and delivery of the vehicle for maintenance at a designated location throughout the duration of the warranty. Pricing has not yet been announced, but considering the low production run, expect to pay north of the standard Black Label’s $71,040 USD starting price.
We first heard Lincoln would offer suicide doors on the Continental earlier this year, and though the option is only available on an ultra-limited run of 80 cars, we’re pleased to see this iconic design feature finally return. Check out the gallery below to see photos of vintage coach-door-equipped Continentals.