This is the Lincoln Continental, a plush luxury sedan for backseat drivers

This is the Lincoln Continental, a plush luxury sedan for backseat drivers

Ford Motor Company has long struggled to reclaim the pizazz that made its luxury marque, Lincoln, among the most beautiful nameplates of the mid-century. It’s a storied brand that dates back to Henry Ford’s son, Edsel Ford, who had a very different philosophy than his strictly-business father. Edsel, not Henry, founded the Detroit Institute of Arts. He led the company’s efforts to build a war arsenal in World War II. He commissioned the first Lincoln Continental concept as his personal car to show off on his 1939 Florida vacation. Edsel set the tone for a Hollywood-style glamour takeover of the auto industry: Elvis Presley, Liz Taylor, and Frank Sinatra all owned Lincoln Continental Mark IIs. But the trouble for Lincoln is that outside…

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