The Lincoln Continental is the quintessential American luxury car going back 80 years. We take a look back through ten generations and dig into the details of an American automotive icon.
The story of the Lincoln Continental starts with a trip Edsel Ford and his wife took to Europe in 1938. Mr. Ford was so inspired by the automotive design he saw on the Continent that he decided, upon his return home, to start work on his own luxury-level car. Working Mr. Ford’s close input, Design Chief Bob Gregorie reimagined the existing Lincoln-Zephyr into a lower, longer, more European (or Continental) styled “vacation” car. Edsel is said to have closely monitored the design of the car, including insisting on the positioning of the spare tire mounted to the rear of the trunk, emulating the European look he desired for the car. Ford liked the resulting prototype so much he ordered two more for his sons and later another 200 for friends.
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