1964 Drop Top Suicide Doors Lincoln Continental
Fred Hammond is a gospel singer, bass guitar player, and record producer. He also has a classic car addiction. Picture is one of the cars in his collection. This gorgeous 1964 Lincoln Continental will be featured in his upcoming video. However, checkout the scenery behind the car, it is beautiful right; well this is Mr. Hammond’s backyard to his home in Texas.
For 1964, the Lincoln Continental underwent its first mid-cycle redesign. Alongside styling updates, several functional changes were focused towards increasing rear-seat space. The wheelbase was increased from 123 to 126 inches, shifting the rear seats backward. The roofline underwent several changes, with the adoption of flat side glass (replacing curved window glass). To increase rear headroom, the rear roofline became additionally squared off, in a notchback style.
In a slight exterior restyling, to eliminate the “electric shaver” appearance, the front fascia added vertical chrome accents to the grille; the rear grille was deleted altogether (moving the fuel-filler door to the left-rear fender)
In 1964, Lincoln debuted the Continental Town Brougham concept car, which had a 131 in. wheelbase, overall length at 221.3, and had a retractable glass partition between the front and rear compartments, with an exposed area over the front compartment, in typical 1930s style town car/brougham appearance.
For 1965, Lincoln made additional updates to the Continental. In a styling change, the convex “electric shaver” front fascia was replaced by new blunt hood with a flat grille design. As part of the redesign, the front turn signals and parking lights are moved from the front bumpers to wraparound lenses on the front fenders, with similar parking lights/turn signals on the rear. To improve braking ability, the Continental was given Kelsey-Hayes disc brakes for the front wheels; in addition, front seat belts with retractors became standard. To improve reliability, Lincoln added an oil pressure gauge.