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1965 Lincoln Continental
Standard Equipment

Refinements in styling for 1965


Image: 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Above: 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible in Spanish Moss Metallic with Tan convertible top. Tan was a new color introduced in 1965, and was only offered for one year.


430 Cubic Inch V-8 Engine, 320 Horsepower
Twin-Range Turbo-Drive Automatic Transmission
2.89:1 Rear Axle Ratio
3.11:1 Rear Axle Ratio for Mountainous Areas (No charge option)
Power Steering
Power Ventilated Front Disc Brakes*
Power Side Window Regulators
Power Vent Window Regulators
Power Window By-Pass Control*
Six-Way Power Seat
Vacuum Powered Inside Door Locks
Electrically Powered Radio Antenna
High-Efficiency Heater and Defroster Vent System
Hydraulic, Variable-Speed Windshield Wipers
Electric Powered Windshield Washer
42-Ampere Alternator
Totally Automatic, Fully Retractable, Self-Storing Convertible Top
Remote Control Convertible Deck Lid Release
Automatic Parking Brake Release
Fully Instrumented Panel with Battery Charge, Oil Pressure, Engine Temperature, and Fuel Gauges
Low Fuel Warning Light
Trip Odometer
Instrument Panel Map Light Connected to Courtesy Light Circuits
20 Inch Windshield Wiper Blades
Low-Reflectance Vinyl Cover for Instrument Panel
Four-Light Courtesy Light Circuits (Sedan)
Dual 15-Candlepower Rear Roof Pillar Lights
Dual Aluminized and Stainless Steel Mufflers
16-Inch Safety Steering Wheel
Warning Light Indicating Open Rear Door
Back-Up Lights
Transistorized Push Button AM Radio with Rear Seat Speaker
Foam Latex Front and Rear Seat Cushions
Center Armrests, Front and Rear
Remote Control Side View Mirror
Padded Instrument Panel
Padded Visors with Right Vanity Mirror
Non-Glare Rear View Mirror Mounted on Windshield
Seamless, Cut-Pile Nylon Carpeting
Turn Signals
Lights for Glove Compartment, Ash Trays and Trunk Compartment
Rear Seat Reading Lights (Sedan)
Rocker Panel, Fender and Rear Quarter Moldings
Windshield, Rear Window and Wheel Cutout Moldings
Dual Headlamps
Electric Clock
Retractable Front Seat Safety Belts*
Five 4-Ply White Sidewall Tires
Continental Star Wheel Covers
Full-Flow Oil Filter
Fully Lined Trunk Compartment with Tire and Jack Covers
Factory-Applied Undercoating
Dry-Type Carburetor Air Cleaner
Crankcase Emission Reduction System
Dual Rear Seat Ash Trays with Cigarette Lighters
Largo Cloth and Leather Biscuit Design Interior in 6 Colors*
Moiré Fabric and Leather Pleated Design in 6 Colors*
Low-Luster Leather Roll-Over Pleat Upholstery in 11 Colors* (Standard on Convertible only)
Walnut-Grained Vinyl Interior Paneling (No charge option)

*New standard equipment item for 1965
Note: Leather upholstery was standard on the Convertible in 1964, but a new low-luster finish was introduced in 1965.

Styling refinements on the 1965 Lincoln Continental were more obvious than they had been previously. New parking lights and turn signals were mounted in the front fenders, and a new sculptured grille design, header panel, and hood gave the 1965 models a distinct look.

Below: Introduced in 1964, the control panel has been refined for 1965. The instrument cluster was modified, the transmission selector dial was restyled, and the radio controls were redesigned.

At the center of the panel, just under the padded top, a map light illuminates when any door is opened. Knobs on either side control the standard power antenna (left side) and an on-off switch to illuminate the light separately from the courtesy lights (control to right of light). Directly below the map light is the radio, and below that the power door lock toggle control and a vent register and toggle control. The ignition switch is lower on the panel, as indicated.

Headlight and wiper/washer controls are to the left of the steering column, on the lower panel, and gauges for fuel, oil, amps, and temp are just above and to either side of the steering column. Above the gauges, turn indicator lights, speedometer, odometer, and trip odometer.

To the right of the standard AM radio are controls for the heater, defroster, and vent system, and to their right is the electric clock with sweep second hand. Directly below the heater controls on the middle section is the control for the blower motor. Additional vent registers are spread out in this section as well, with one to the left of the steering column and three to the right.

Along the lower panel at center, to the right of the ignition switch, is the ash tray and cigarette lighter, and to their right is the lockable, lighted glove compartment.

Image: 1965 Lincoln Continental instrument panel and standard features

Above, left: The luggage compartment was fully lined with gray carpeting and automatically lit when the deck lid was raised. The jack assembly and spare tire were concealed with covers. The spare tire cover had an embossed Continental star emblem on it.

The deck lid on the Convertible was fully automatic, opening and closing at the touch of a control on the lower left side of the control panel. The Convertible spare tire was located in the center well area of the luggage compartment, to provide clearance for the fully automatic top mechanism.

Above, right: The master window control panel on the driver's door armrest included controls for the standard power vent windows, power windows, and a window lock control to prevent others in the car from operating the windows. A new by-pass feature allows the windows to be raised or lowered without using the ignition key.

Lincoln Continental for 1965
Image: Continental Star emblem
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