1966-1969 Lincoln Continental

1967 Lincoln Continental

In 1967, Lincoln beckoned prospective buyers to "Come live the Continental life." The largely unchanged 1967 Lincoln Continental was touted as "Clean. Uncluttered. Functional. ... You'll also notice that because we don't make sweeping changes in our car the classic Continental look continues."

1967 Lincoln Continental
A spring-loaded star hood ornament was unique
to the 1967 Lincoln Continental.

The trademark four-pointed star moved from the fenders to the C-pillars of the hardtop and sedan, but remained on the hood and decklid. Up front, spelled out on the hood, was the CONTINENTAL name, as in 1966. Ford elected to make 1967 the only year that a unit-body Lincoln hood sported a spring-loaded star hood ornament, a move that would confound collectors for years.

Lincoln's new flow-through ventilation system, which the company called "Fresh-Flow," was standard. Fresh air was continuously allowed to enter the car, even with the windows up, displacing stale air through a system of vents and valves. Air exited from the interior via a grille mounted about midway at the base of the front doors. There, air pressure activated a one-way valve, through which stale air and smoke escaped to the outside through a door-facing on the outside of the door gasket.

The brake system was split, one half operating the front brakes, the other the rears. This provided a fail-safe system in case of hydraulic failure. Front-wheel ventilated disc brakes enhanced the dual hydraulic self-adjusting power brake system.

The automatic transmission was renamed Select-Shift Turbo-Drive. It shifted automatically in "D," but the "1" and "2" positions on the "P-R-N-D-2-1" shift quadrant allowed drivers to manually hold the car in low or second gear if desired. This feature was extended to other automatic-equipped Ford vehicles for 1967.

The front grille gained seven vertical bars and, overall, was slightly recessed. At the rear, the taillight overlays were modified to complement the new grille-work. Inside, the dashboard continued with most everything except the clock directly in front of the driver. Minor modifications were made to the warning light cluster, which included one for the parking brake and a seat-belt reminder light.

The deep-dish steering wheel was also new, boasting a padded hub. Other safety features included padded A-pillar (previously finished in chrome) and a lane-changer feature that operated the directional signals with a light touch. The door panels now carried a vertical-roll motif, and the seats were redesigned. The standard upholstery fabric was Chalfonte, a knit nylon broadcloth; a Continental emblem was embroidered into the seatbacks.

One of the most aristocratic options ever listed for an American luxury car was made available for the buyer of a 1967 Continental: a full set of hand-stitched, custom-made luggage specially designed to fit precisely into the beautifully lined 18-cubic-foot trunk. The set was offered in burgundy, palomino (a neutral beige), or black.

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