Soon to part: Continental Mark III and current owner
You may have read a previous post that concerned the ’69 – ’71Lincoln Continental Mark III, called by some “the French Connection Continental.” If not, you can catch up right here.
We hesitate to feature another one of these so soon but this ’71, wearing Paint Code S (Gray Gold Metallic), comes with some very impressive stats, a charmingly variegated finish and, oh yeah, it’s looking for a home. We’re not used car brokers so you’re on your own here but we were very impressed with the info provided by soon-to-be former owner Keith Burke. The car is all original, for better or worse, but we think mostly for the better. To wit, it’s only got 42,900 miles on the clock and his asking price is south of $4000. On the “for worse” side of the issue is the fact this Mark III spent quite a few years outside. That’s “outside” as in “outside in Iowa” which is, we’re told, not the most hospitable circumstance for the preservation of fine automotive finishes. It’s resting in Palm Springs at the moment, by the way.
Nothing to hide or be ashamed of and something of a mark of authenticity.
We like it the way it is and the rust you see doesn’t seem to be invasive or advancing. The cool move, of course, would be to strip away the vinyl top which was only a clever styling trick to hide weld seams on the car’s roof. Have some go-getter body shop sand the seams away and paint it all one color. We’ve seen one like that and it has some very serious presence. The vinyl treatment reminds one of a hairpiece on a bald guy: you know he’d be more dignified without it.
The interior is original and in excellent shape and, apart from the rust found mostly where the vinyl top ends and reality begins, this car is most impressive at a distance. Yet, we think it can get through the age of HD even with that crackled paint and rust which is, technically, oxidation and that has something to with oxygen and that’s what we need to breathe so it can’t really be all that bad, can it?
Again, nothing to hide except, perhaps, an imaginary spare tire.
The ever so eleganté faux spare tire in the back it wears its crackled finish patina in a lovely Grey Gardens/Sunset Boulevard kind of way, don’t you think?
If you’re interested in contacting Keith let us know and we’ll connect you. We have no role or participation in any commercial transactions that may result from such a connection and, no, we don’t mean the French kind, either.
Speaking of which, we found this terrific clip from the film that features the car in several scenes, both in New York and in Marseilles. Go get ’em, Popeye Doyle!
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