Lincoln Continental [1961]
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Number made: 25,000 (est.)
What one will cost you: $10,000-$20,000
Horsepower: 300
Engine: 7.0 liter, overhead-valve V-8
Top speed: 108 mph
0-60 mph: 13.5 seconds

History: The Continental sat at the top rung of the American luxury-car ladder alongside Cadillac and the Chrysler New Yorker. It was Lincoln's only car for 1961, and came in sedan and convertible. Despite its limited scope it served the brand well with its luxurious appointments and impeccable quality.

Design: A design of apparent simplicity but extreme refinement. Unlike its Detroit brethren, there were no tail fins lingering past their late-fifties sell-by date. The chrome, where applied, was tasteful. And although it looked as if a third-grader could have drawn it, the Continental revealed its subtleties slowly, a sheet metal striptease that has lasted four decades.