1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible
The 1963 Lincoln Continental has a 320 HP, 430 cubic inch, V8. with a 10.1 to 1 compression ratio. It has a 123 inch wheel base. It is 213 inches (almost 18 feet) long and 78.6 inches (6 and a 1/2 feet) wide, and weighs 5,528 ponds - 2.76 tons. Its wheels are 9.5 X 14 inches. It has power brakes and recirculating ball & nut power steering. It has a 3 speed automatic. It has A/C, power windows, seats, door locks and roof, plus an AM / FM radio. It's list price was $6,916.00 - the equivalent of almost $49,000.00 in 2010 money. The Lincoln cost 2.75 times the most expensive new Ford, at $2,513.00. Only 3,138 Continental convertibles were sold in 1963, compared with 28,095 sedans, which sold for $6,270.00. The value of the convertibles today is far, far higher than the sedans. There were no Lincoln coupes during the run of this body style, which began in 1961.
1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible.
The 1963 Lincoln Continental is an excellent wedding car.
1963 Lincolns have become an enduring classic, and soared in value as the ultimate baby boomer nostalgia car. Four door convertibles, being rare to begin with, are worth far more than the sedans. The image of JFK's final journey in one through the streets of Dallas has been seared into the memory of several generations
1963 Lincoln Continental in San Antonio, Texas.
1963 Lincoln Continental on display at a local car show.
1963 Lincoln Continental at the Texas Transportation Museum.
1963 Lincoln Continental interior.
Return to service - May, 2014
After quite a few years of non-use due to mechanical issues and the lack of a volunteer willing and able to work on this pretty wonderful vehicle, TTM was blessed in May 2014 with the arrival of Dave Nittler who swiftly got the vehicle running and then moving. More work needs to be done but progress so far is very promising.
Dave Nittler with 1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible, May 2014
1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible front end, May 2014
1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible rear end, June 2014
1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible, June 2014
First drive, July 2014
After a lot more tinkering, such as rebuilding a very complex four barrel carburetor, the 'sporty' or 'performance' version available in 1963, and the acquisition of some parts here and there, either from local parts shops of a national vendor, TTM, or, mor precisely, Dave Nittler was able to get the vehicle running well enough for its first wee drive around the museum's property. There's a ton of work to be done before we could even think of driving it on the roads, especially on the brakes, but this was still a red latter day.
1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible, first drive in over a decade, July 2014
1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible, first drive in over a decade, July 2014
1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible, first drive in over a decade, July 2014
1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible, first drive in over a decade, July 2014
Dave Nittler suitably pleased with the 1963 Lincoln Continental four door convertible on its first drive in over a decade, July 2014

 

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Technical Specifications
Year:
1963
Make:
Lincoln
Model:
Continental
Body Style:
4-Door Convertible
Engine:
8 Cylinder, 430 cubic inch, 320 BHP
Transmission:
3-Speed Automatic
Drive:
Rear wheels
Top Speed:
90+ mph
Brakes:
4 wheel hydraulic drums
Wheel Base:
123 inches (Length 213 inches)
Wheels:
14 inch, steel with hub
Electrical System:
12-volt
Features:
Loaded: Electric Windows, Antenna, Seats, AM/FM Radio, A/C, Power Steering and Brakes
Additions:
Additional speakers built into rear of front seats, rub/bump strip along each side of the car
Production:
3,138 convertibles were built (28,095 sedans)
Original Price:
$6,916 ($49,000 in today's money)
Status:
Not in use