The Lincoln Continental is a series of mid-sized and full-sized luxury cars produced between 1939 and 2020 by Lincoln, a division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company. The model line was introduced following the construction of a personal vehicle for Edsel Ford, who commissioned a coach-built 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr convertible, developed as a vacation vehicle to attract potential Lincoln buyers. In what would give the model line its name, the exterior was given European “continental” styling elements, including a rear-mounted spare tire. In production for over 55 years across nine different decades, Lincoln has produced ten generations of the Continental. Within the Lincoln model line, the Continental has served several roles ranging from its flagship to its base-trim sedan. From 1961 to 1976, Lincoln sold the Continental as its exclusive model line. The model line has also gone on hiatus three times. From 1949 to 1955, the nameplate was briefly retired. In 1981, the Continental was renamed the Lincoln Town Car to accommodate the 1982 seventh-generation Continental. After 2002, the Continental was retired, largely replaced by the Lincoln MKS in 2009; in 2017, the tenth-generation Continental replaced the MKS.

The Lincoln Continental Mark III was a personal luxury car marketed by Lincoln from 1969 to 1971. It was the successor of the 1956–1957 Continental Mark II and the competitor of the Cadillac Eldorado. It had a distinctive design with hidden headlights, a spare-tire trunk bulge, and a Rolls-Royce-style grille. It was powered by a 7.5 L V8 engine and equipped with a Cartier-branded clock and Michelin radial tires.

These are some of the features of the Lincoln Continental, a luxury car that has been produced by Lincoln for over 80 years:

  • Adaptive cruise control, which automatically adjusts the speed of the vehicle to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control, which allows the driver and front passenger to set their own preferred temperature settings.
  • Ten-way power heated front seats, which provide comfort and support for the occupants.
  • Keyless entry and ignition, which enable the driver to unlock and start the vehicle without using a key.
  • Remote engine start, which allows the driver to start the engine from a distance using a smartphone app or a key fob.
  • Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 safety suite, which includes features such as blind spot and lane departure warnings, pre-collision assist, automatic emergency braking, rearview camera, and automatic high beams.
  • An eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration and a ten-speaker sound system, which offer entertainment and connectivity options for the driver and passengers.

One of the best known cars from the Bud Spencer and Terence Hill films appears in the film Go for it! The two protagonists pose as secret agents posing as Texas millionaires, who are given a real luxury ride to make their image even more authentic. The horn-adorned car is a 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III, not to be confused with the model of the same name produced between 1969 and 1971. The 7-litre V8 engine produced 315 horsepower, which propelled the otherwise 2.5-tonne vehicle. Top speed was 124 km/h and the 0-100 km/h sprint was completed in 9 seconds.

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