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I believe this is Richard Nixon's limo since LBJ still had a larger glass window behind the rear door:

 

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Barry Wolk on facebook > ‎RETRO AUTOMOTIVE PROTOTYPES & Concept Designs
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Five photos recently given to me by the 95 year old former secretary of the Sales Manager of the Continental Division of Ford Motor Company.

In 1953 the "Special Products Division" took over the former Henry Ford Trade School and "Legion" property, which would have been where the World Headquarters northeast parking lot is now. Henry Ford took in poor young men, determined their aptitude and trained them to perform specific tasks in his operation while giving them a roof over their head, a stipend, and a career. Don't know how that would work today, but that's another thread for another day.

The Continental Mark II was developed by SPO, as an outsider entity of Ford and was sold to Ford, becoming the stand-alone "Continental Division". Lincoln supplied the engine, but that was the extent of their involvement in the development or manufacture of the car.

The first thing the group did was develop the distinctive "Cowbelly" chassis. It was innovative, a rapid departure from ford's tried and true X-frame. Some say the "cowbelly" comes from the wide perimeter rails and others say it comes from how low the center section is compared to both ends. I think it's some of both. The X-frame is excellent, structurally, but requires you to have a car with flat floors. The Mark II frame was a ladder frame. It was also radically different in that it was a perimeter frame, much more impact resistant and allows for parallel cross-members that create space for deep footwells. That allows you to design lower seating, belt and roofline. That's what set the Mark II apart from other cars in its class. It was the first use of tubular formed cross-members for Ford, too.

The prototype chassis was used for the Futura so two pre-production running chassis were sent to Hess & Eisenhardt along with a pile of current Lincoln sheet-metal to create a hardtop and a convertible test mule Mark II. These cars are affectionately called the "Cobbled Cars", but were so well built that it's rumored they were sold by Ford to public buyers.

The convertible in that body style with that much of a low look would have sold like hotcakes. Note all of the cars in the background. Many were competitor cars. Just out of sight on the right, the World Headquarters building would have been under construction.
 

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mainly cuz I haven't posted here in a while AND for what (today) feels like a classy color-combo...

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Lincolns on display at the National Auto Museum - In addition to a 1927 7-Passenger Sedan and the other more flashy car shown earlier here - there is this Model L V-8 cut-away display engine - the 27 Coaching Brougham by Judkins
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via Edward M. Fiore sharing to the group: The Classic Lincoln and Continental Appreciation Society
Gilmore Car Museum added 3 new photos (shrunk to 1/4 orig. size)

The year 1939 marked the end of the “big” Lincoln and moving forward, the Lincoln name would be carried on by the Lincoln-Zephyr. Although only 133 total “big” Lincolns were sold in 1939, that number included 21 different body styles, including 15 by custom coach builders—more than were offered by any other American luxury car manufacturer.

One of those body styles was this convertible sedan, a 1939 Lincoln Type 413-B built in the Briggs-LeBaron shops of Detroit. In fact, this was one of the last bodies built by Briggs-LeBaron for Lincoln. Two versions of the convertible sedan were available, with and without a division window, and available accessories included radio, heater, clock, cigar lighter and side mounted spare tires.

This beautiful Lincoln is on loan to the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum at the Gilmore Car Museum by Ed DeVries of Grand Rapids, Michigan. #MuseumMonday[/color]

and mainly for @Andrew L (cropped but not shrunk)
 

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Love that greyhound!
 
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These look to have similar ride height and layout of modern 2 row SUVs, only so much classier and stylish.
 
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when I rant about proportions/SHAPE, these, esp the bottom 'vert, are perfect examples ... of how what-the-skin-is-stretched-over is at least AS important as the surface styling

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"From the LCOC archives. On the cover are two mechanical prototypes for the Continental Mark II based on 1953 Lincoln bodies with all Mark II mechanicals. Photos courtesy Elmer Rohn collection."
 

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Re: LEST WE FORGET ... spacepods of the 80's

Nice! This is the first time i see this concept. Very futuristic... interesting. It can work even today, but with front engine.. or... EV powerplant.
 

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I still don't understand how the Quicksilver would have fit in a Lincoln showroom of 1985
 

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Is not a crazy idea... in 1984/5 Ford of Europe had a very futuristic new midsize car, the Sierra (Merkur in USA)





 
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