Agree with comments re: '61 barn (junk yard?) find's sad state and future prospects - noting that the '65 which sold for $330k was essentially a new car - inside and out....and the seller reported restoration receipts of $237,500. Just guessing that the original car was already a reasonably intact vehicle.
That's just scary. A hole on 4 wheels into which you throw money. But heck, someone will pay a gazillion dollars for it as is on BaT. I wouldn't want to be holding this half finished when the market crashes. And it will crash.
My family had 4 Lincolns from that time period, two - a 63 and a 65 were 4 door convertibles. I would be interested to know where this one was found as we had one of similar color. They really were great cars. I was young, but me and my brother got were we could fix most things, including the convertible mechanism pretty fast. We also had a 68 Tbird that I wished I had.
Does it come with an unlimited supply of Maui Wowie to keep you sedated while bringing this dirty boat back from the pigeon nest that it is?? I just the owner couldn’t afford a blue tarp from Harbor freight! I’d fix it if it were a 246 Dino GT, but parting it out would be the path of least risk, financially!
Its crazy how the collector car market is always changing. A few years ago Hemi cars were big money and now they are still 6 figure cars but not like they were. Early Porsche 901 cars still seem to be on the rise. Bay window VW buses and here is a shocker Super Beetles are on the rise in value. Who knows what this droptop Lincoln will eventually fetch. I know that its one car that I would not do an EV conversion on.
This is a perfect candidate for what one of my old friends would call a "slam-bang!" Yank the original engine and trans and add the requisite 350/350 (keep the nine inch!), send the body to the nearest Earl Scheib for a deluxe $1500.00 paint job with clear coat, and then haul it down to TJ (Tijuana for those that don't live in SoCal!) for a horsehair-stuffed vinyl upholstery job. A set of wheels and tires from Pep Boys and a bumping stereo from Kmart and we are rollin'! Into the whole thing for about five grand and then take it to the Pomona Swap Meet and sell it for $8500.00. Money maker!
One of my auto shop customers still has his Grandfather's all White 1963 Lincoln hardtop w/suicide doors in near all original condition. It has the 430 (2-3 years only?). We did a lot of mechanical work on it over the years, but EVERTYTHING is now a total pain the ass as far as repairs or for parts. We worked on "as a longtime friend" but always for big money and very little profit. Interesting fact; It is one of the first BIG, very heavy non-frame unibody cars I have ever seen.
Many don’t realize that the retractable drop-top (into the trunk) makes Continentals & T-Birds some of the most complex cars ever produced in Detroit. The electric/hydraulic mechanism for the soft top Lincoln uses a hydraulic system with 10 relays, five reversing motors, & about 15 limit switches. On some models the rear windows also drop and raise automatically when the top is activated. Going through & replacing required electrical & hydraulic components to get this system operating properly could easily cost well over $10,000
Looksto me like the perfect example of a car that you will never sell for more cash than you invest into it (and you have to get LUCKY to even get that back) / unless you are a 100% pro, have tons of time, no other hobbies, wife or kids and can do almost everything yourself. Anyone else: stay away or this is the project that never ends.
I'm always sad to see almost any old car--but particularly a rare one like this Continental--be allowed to molder away, unprotected. Even a tarp thrown over the car would have helped.
Even worse are the owners who, when asked about selling say, "Oh, it's not for sale. I'm gonna restore it one of these days." And that day never comes, and it just deteriorates to the point where restoration is just impossible. For several years I watched a '34 American Austin roadster and a '59 Moretti (with less than 1k miles on the odometer), both uncovered, gradually sinking into the dirt of an open-sided shed. There were two more American Austin roadsters in the guy's barn--no interest in selling. Finally I went by one day, and the house, shed, barn--and cars were all gone and a gas station was under construction on the site. Never was able to find out what happened to the cars.
I was, however able to save a '56 Renault 4CV convertible--the only one known in the US--from an actual barn in Indiana that had been flattened by a tornado. So sometimes you luck out.
I cannot understand how anybody would allow a car like this Continental, or any other vehicle I have seen so negligently left, to sit and rot in a garage regardless of location. How hard would it be to cover a vehicle, at least protecting it from the elements. This person, among many should be whipped within an inch of their lives.
this car should go to someone who will restore it, drive it, enjoy it and love it for what it is and not to someone who only views collector cars for their bottom dollar return. for those people, may i respectfully suggest you find another interest
This, exactly. Seems like the checkbook hobbyists are running amok here. Of course it's rough - sorta goes with the barn territory. I'm amused that so many folks can see through their computer screens and determine that it is not worth bothering. Pull her out, clean her up a bit and see what you have. This is a hobby - something folks do for fun. If you want to count your returns, the stock market is waiting for you. Do you look at your ROI for golfing? Hunting? Okay, that's enough soap box for one evening. Personally I'd love to see the rest of the story on this one.
Agreed, some other forums I'm on were just talking about barn finds or junk yards with a bad roof. Unless your barn is climate controlled, water tight and pest free these cars are going to be junk except for a few parts and tv shows and sites like this have driven up the price insanely. Sure maybe it's a rare car but these people want an arm and leg now for junk that someone has to put hundreds of thousands of dollars into...barn finds suck!
In the last pic, #6, there is an actual pitchfork visible near some hay, thus - It's a real barn find! But come on dude, unless you've been in a cave sine the 1990's when the collector car market went crazy, (you knew that it had SOME value) how could you not lift a finger in at least a feeble attempt to protect this car a little better? We need to start a 503c organization called "Tarps for Tools," where car guys (& gals) donate a few cents each so people like this are forced to get the big tarp for $3.99 at Harbor Freight! Maybe two for this boat.