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Friday, April 30, 2010 10:19:32 AM

Image: 1968 Lincoln Continental front signal and side marker light assembly1968 Lincoln Continental was said to be America's most distinguished motorcar. Lincoln said there was a secret satisfaction that not everyone in the neighborhood owned one. And part of that was due to slower sales and production in 1968, the second year in a row for Lincoln to not show an increase after six consecutive years of production increases. It's not clear why this was happening, as the 1968 Continentals were certainly wonderful cars. They featured styling refinements to meet Federal mandates for side marker lights, which placed the front parking lights and turn signals as well as the rear taillights in the edges of the fenders, wrapping around so they were visible from the side. This look was very reminiscent of the 1965 models.

New options for 1968 included a Rear Defogger with Environmental Control that could remove fog and moisture from the inside of the rear window one minute, and the next pull the smoke from a cigar or cigarette (or perhaps Mrs. Robinson's smelly perfume) out of the car. The offensive odor was dumped into the luggage compartment. No mention is made of what this does to the luggage compartment over time, although a former Lincoln employee told us the deck lid weatherstrip allowed for the extraction of air inside the luggage compartment, due to gaps in the bonding for drainage. Those gaps also allowed air inside the compartment to be "sucked" out when the car was moving, due to the low pressure created by a moving vehicle. There are no records of anyone complaining about a smelly luggage compartment with this option, so there must have been some provision that allowed it to air out. An FM stereo multiplex adapter for the optional AM/FM radio was also offered for dealer installation.

AM Blog readers are enjoying an advanced viewing of this section. We hope you like it and have a good Friday! Work is underway on the 1969 Lincoln Continental section, which will be next online.

Sunday, April 25, 2010 9:37:54 AM

Image: 1976 Ford Thunderbird with Lipstick Luxury GroupHow does one get noticed in the year of our bicentennial, when the whole country is focused on the United States' birthday celebration? With a 1976 Ford Thunderbird Lipstick Luxury Group car, that's how you get noticed! Vibrant Lipstick Red paint finish with a matching Bright Red Vinyl Roof, and a White interior in Super-Soft Vinyl or optional Leather Seating Surfaces with Bright Red components. Guaranteed to catch the attention of even the most out of touch individual! And just think, if you were to wear something blue, you'd be as patriotic as anyone!!

The Lipstick Luxury Group is perhaps the most outrageous trim package ever offered for the T-bird, and it certainly wasn't the one to choose if you were a celebrity in need of privacy. What a way to go! 1976 was the Thunderbird's final year as a full size luxury car, and the Lipstick Luxury Group told the world it wasn't going to sneak off to be down sized quietly.

Post 2: Sunday, April 25, 2010 11:55:34 AM

Image: 1976 Ford Thunderbird with Creme and Gold Luxury GroupPerhaps the most sought after trim option offered on the 1976 Thunderbird was the Creme and Gold Luxury Group option. Color-coordinated elegance created with a soft Creme paint shade for the hood, roof, and deck lid paired with Gold Starfire for the bodysides. A unique tape stripe runs along the belt line separating the two colors. Creme-colored Wide Vinyl Bodyside Moldings created an additional color break along the side. Deep-Dish Aluminum Wheels are included, but may be substituted for credit if Simulated Wire Wheel Covers were preferred.

Inside, luxurious Gold Media Velour or optional two tone Creme Leather Seating Surfaces with Gold seat borders and components. A Gold instrument panel applique provides special interior distinction for this Luxury Group alone.

In all, three spectacular Luxury Group options were offered on the '76 T-bird, each distinctive in its own way, and each an outstanding way to bid farewell to the last of the full sized Thunderbirds.

We hope you enjoy the individual pages we've created for each one, they have been a long time coming, and are long overdue. We'll be back later to highlight the 32 Commemorative Thunderbirds created for dealers in the Charleston, West Virginia and Cincinnati-Dayton, Ohio regions.

Post 3: Sunday, April 25, 2010 8:57:24 PM

After yesterday's review of the paint colors and codes for the 1977 Continental Mark V, we decided to review the 1978 Continental Mark V Exterior Paint Codes page as well, since our source for the two years was the same. Again, we found some inconsistencies that have now been corrected. We also provided additional information on the factory Accent Stripe colors and codes. Our apologies for any confusion, past of present, this may have caused.

Saturday, April 24, 2010 6:54:07 PM

Today's updates: We corrected information on the 1977 Continental Mark V Dove Grey and Blue Luxury Group page. (We had the wrong paint code and color listed for this particular package!) And as a result of this change, we double checked the 1977 Continental Mark V Exterior Paint Codes page and made a few "adjustments" to that page as well.

Post 2: Saturday, April 24, 2010 7:05:24 PM

Image: 1976 Ford Thunderbird1976 Ford Thunderbird Bordeaux Luxury Group What can we say? This rich, deep red color scheme was accented with slivers of shimmery silver. Purchasers could choose from soft red leather or rich Media Velour inside. Wire Wheel Covers were included. Ford really came up with some incredible special trim packages during this time, and this is one of the most elegant.

This package could be ordered in two basic color schemes. The first was Bordeaux Starfire paint, with matching vinyl roof, body side moldings, and interior. The paint stripes on the body sides and hood were Silver. Or, it could be ordered with a Silver vinyl roof and body side moldings for more contrast.

The two other Luxury Groups offered for 1976, the Creme and Gold Luxury Group and the Lipstick Luxury Group, will be online over the next day or two.

Saturday, April 24, 2010 8:50:16 AM

Image: 1966 Lincoln Continental Coronation Coupe Show Car1966 Lincoln Continental Coronation Coupe Show Car was created by the craftsmen at Lehmann-Peterson for the auto show circuit. Lehmann-Peterson was, of course, well known for its Executive Limousine conversions for Lincoln Division at the time, and their conversion of a standard production Coupé into a glamorous show car was done with the same efficiency and precision.

The biggest change was the removal of the rear quarter windows to give the car a formal town car look. Walnut veneer panels were added to the lower body sides, and a luxurious new custom interior was fitted, with silk brocade fabric, pearl white leather, and mouton fur carpeting. Of course, the Coronation Coupe was a big hit and brilliantly showed off Lincoln's all-new 1966 styling.

Friday, April 23, 2010 7:47:08 AM

E-mail meltdown: Yesterday afternoon, (Thursday, April 22nd), the computer used by Customer Service to view incoming E-mail messages acted up and somehow managed to delete all messages in the inbox. To our best recollection, there were between 400-500 total messages lost. So, if you wrote to us during the last couple of weeks and haven't received a reply, chances are your message is gone.

Our apologies for the inconvenience, we really aren't sure what happened as all appears to be fine today. If you'd like a response from us, please send your message again, and we'll try to do better this time.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 6:08:51 PM

Image: 1967 Lincoln Continental CoupeCome live the Continental life '67 style. Our latest classic car to be published is the 1967 Lincoln Continental. This was an important year for Lincoln, as it represented the last year for the factory four door convertible body style. Despite the almost universal admiration of the car, sales were still trailing behind those of Cadillac. 1967 was the first year since 1961 that Lincoln hadn't shown a production increase.

Safety was an important factor at Lincoln in 1967, and many new features related to safety were standard. Additionally, new options were introduced, including the Individually Contoured Seats that featured a power-operated headrest on the passenger side. With the touch of a button on the seat side shield, the top section of the seat back extended up or retracted down! A new 8-track stereo tape player was offered as a separate unit, which meant it could be teamed up with the AM-FM radio to provide additional radio station choices. The combined AM Radio/Stereo-Sonic Tape System was still available, contained within the instrument control center.

As usual, we are giving AM Blog readers the opportunity for first inspection of this section. Enjoy and have a great evening!

Saturday, April 17, 2010 7:49:59 AM

Image: 1966 Lincoln Continental inspector1966 Lincoln Continental Quality Control was more than just a promotional theme, it was process designed to deliver new Lincoln Continentals that were as trouble free and visually perfect as man could make. And the process of ensuring the best quality possible began long before the assembly line. Engines and transmissions were thoroughly tested before being shipped to the factory. High standards for interior trim and other components used to assemble the cars were carefully observed.

The result? Cars that were delivered to new owners worked as they were designed to work, with no squeaks, rattles, air noise around the doors or windows at highway speeds, and no flaws to the paint finish or interior trim. The goal was that no owner needed to return the car to the dealer for anything prior to the first scheduled maintenance, at 6 months or 6,000 miles, whichever came first. Did this happen? Yes, it did. Lincoln Continental owners during the sixties were very pleased with their cars, and tended to keep them longer than other luxury car owners. Proof that Lincoln's quality control program worked, and the fact that so many still exist today shows how well they were designed.

Post 2: Sunday, April 11, 2010 3:21:59 PM

We've completed an update of the AUTO BREVITY section. Most site visitors won't notice any change, other than we did shuffle some colors around on a few of the pages. The update was mostly to the HTML and CSS for that section. It was already optimized somewhat, so any improvement in page loading speed will likely be minimal. We were just moving it closer to being standards compliant, although there are still some changes that need to be made down the road.

Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:39:22 PM

Internal Broken Link Check has been performed, and two links were updated. (That's what happens when we start moving things around! Sorry about that, everyone.)

Saturday, April 10, 2010 7:44:52 AM

Auto Restoration and Repair Kits page updated: As the cold dark days of winter subside, many of us are beginning the process of starting up our classic cars, and cleaning them up for the warmer days ahead. Each year it seems there are new projects that need to be done, and there's no better time to do them than right now, before the heat of summer hits. What's on your list this year? Perhaps you'd like to get that aluminum or stainless steel trim really sparkling this year. Is this the year to deal with that hazy film on your glass, that makes it difficult to drive at night? Sparkling glass really ups the WOW! value on a classic car. Are you tired of looking at that crack in your steering wheel?

Automotive Mileposts has teamed up with Eastwood to bring you a few money saving kits that will help you address these issues. We have everything from aluminum and stainless polishing, to general buffing kits. There's a steering wheel repair kit, a kit that removes scratches and polishes plastic lenses, we even have a kit to help you replace your seat covers, if this is the year for that project. Check out our Auto Restoration and Repair Kits page. We'll be adding more money saving ideas in the coming days and weeks, so remember to check back from time to time. Enjoy the season, and remember that life is too short to drive ordinary cars!

Thursday, April 08, 2010 9:11:17 AM

Image: Fully Automatic Convertible TopsAh, the joys of a new Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, or Volvo with a Fully Automatic Convertible Top. You just sit in the driver's seat, push a button, and the top lowers and stores itself! Owning a convertible has never been easier, right? Wrong. Technology back in the fifties did this, and production cars were built and sold to the public that made lowering and raising the top a simple task. Nothing to unlatch, no boot to install. There was even one car that could detect rain, and would raise its top AND the side windows without the driver even being present! You can't get more automatic than that! While that particular model wasn't mass-produced, it does prove that the technology existed.

And despite the complexity of these systems, even today they are still pretty dependable. This is an interesting read on the history of the power top and its use on classic cars.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:03:05 AM

AUTO BREVITY takes a look at the history of the Tilt Steering Wheel. Various designs were introduced during the classic car years, and some of them were rather innovative in their design and function. One of the more notable designs was Ford's Swing-Away Steering Wheel, first introduced on the 1961 Thunderbird as an option. It was later available on Galaxie 500 models, and is a highly sought after option on those cars today.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for 1968 models and anti-theft features for the late sixties and early seventies required changes be made to some of the tilt steering wheel designs. While vehicles of today offer power-operated steering columns that move out of the way to enter or exit the car, then move back to a preset position automatically, they are the result of the popularity of the early designs. Swing-Away, Tilt-Away, Tilt and Telescope, Tilt-A-Scope...they're all discussed.

Monday, April 05, 2010 4:05:50 PM

Image: 1966 Lincoln Continental Coupe1966 Lincoln Continental is now online. Unmistakably new, yet unmistakably Continental. The first time since 1961 that Lincoln introduced completely new styling. 4.5 inches longer than the 1965 models, the styling was more evolutionary than revolutionary. It maintained the traditional Lincoln look, but every body panel was new. Under the hood, a new 462 cubic inch V-8 engine was the largest production engine ever installed in a passenger vehicle at the time.

1966 introduced the Continental Coupé, which made America's most distinguished motorcar available to more fine car owners than ever before. The sales increase for 1966, despite the all-new styling, can be credited to this one model, as production figures for the Sedan and Convertible barely changed.

As always, AM is giving our blog readers advance notice of publication, so you get to see it first. Enjoy! (The 1967 Lincoln Continental is next.)

Sunday, April 04, 2010 8:18:05 AM

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Friday, April 02, 2010 9:10:14 AM

Thank you to our site visitors from Automotive Mileposts! March 2010 was our busiest month ever for unique visitors. A unique visitor is one who visits the site once during a specific period of time, and indicates the "reach" of the site in terms of popularity. We very much appreciate your support and the time you spend here!

Thursday, April 01, 2010 7:24:36 AM

We've just finished updating our Classic Car Parts Auctions pages. These are live feeds sorted by year, make, and model to help you find the classic car parts you need. And who doesn't need parts? There's always something needed, it seems, no matter how nice or how recent the restoration. You can find rare parts as well as NOS, OEM, and reproductions. Or, search for that dream car you've been wanting. We've broken down the search by body style, special edition, etc., so you can view exactly what you want without having to sort through thousands of other cars.

There are three ways to search:

1. Classic Car Parts Auctions are sorted by year, make, and model, and some pages have multiple search terms all on the same page. There are pages for all the cars online here at AM, plus pages for future additions to the site. Due to popular request, we just added the 1975-1979 Cadillac Seville.

2. Classic Cars For Sale This page is sorted by make, then by year, then by body style. Searching for a Cadillac Fleetwood? They are all sorted by year. Want a 1974-1976 Fleetwood Talisman? Those too are sorted. Or look for 1966-1967 Lincoln Continental. Just want to see a 1966-1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible? There's a link that sorts them for you, and shows you only Convertibles.

3. The Showroom at Automotive Mileposts showcases a special classic car for sale that we feel stands out from the rest, and deserves to be highlighted. Whether it's an original, low mileage car ready to show, a rare model, or a car with rare options, an unusual or distinct color combination, or any of a myriad of other reasons, this is the place to go to view our current model.

We're back to work on adding new classics to the site. Coming up next are the 1966 and 1967 Lincoln Continentals!

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