1969 LINCOLN Continental Stretch LimousineView vehicle description
Lincoln's new Continental debuted at the Paris Salon in October 1955. The supremely elegant model was the work of a team which included American styling icon Gordon Buehrig, William Clay Ford and John Reinhart. Under the lovely skin lurked a powerful 300 horsepower overhead valve engine mated to an automatic transmission.
Front suspension was independent, with a live axle bringing up the rear. Standard equipment included power steering, brakes and front seat, as well as a radio, heater, and whitewall tires.
Maybe the most astonishing feature of the Continental Mk II was its $10,000 price tag.
To put things in perspective, top-of-the-line Packards had cost around $6,000, with a Cadillac Eldorado Seville selling for about $6,500. The trouble was that even at $10,000 Lincoln lost money on each car.
For 1968, Lincoln made several styling changes to the Continental, primarily in order to meet Federal safety standards. The new 460 cu in (7.5-litre) Ford "Lima" engine was phased in later that year.
In April, the new Mark III made its debut, as a 1969 model.
Lehmann-Peterson was founded in 1963 when "Pete" Peterson met "Skip" Lehmann. Peterson had the engineering skill and automotive knowledge, Lehmann had the (inherited) money.
Together, the two men set about creating a fabulously opulent stretched limousine to satisfy the needs of those for whom the enormous and luxurious Lincoln Continental was just a little too cramped and basic.
At their Chicago workshop they took a 1963 Lincoln, cut it in half and added a 34-inch stretch.
Ford took notice and set about testing the new car to the limits, concerned that it wouldn’t be safe. In fact, the car proved to be so well engineered and built that it was rather stronger and more reliable than the vehicle upon which it was based.
Ford and Lehmann-Peterson reached an agreement and the latter went on to build some 600 limousines for all manner of presidents, potentates, pop stars and at least one Pope.
Celebrity owners included Jackie Gleason, Spencer Tracy, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Sophia Loren, Jerry Lewis, Robert Vaughn, Victor Borge, Senator Robert Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis….to name but a few.
This motor car has been imported under the Bonhams temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to the lower rate 5% import tax if the car is to remain in the UK & purchased by a private individual. The 5% is calculated on the final selling price. Cars less than 30 years old will pay 10% duty + VAT as well as VAT (a company buying the car will always have to pay VAT on the hammer price, as well as duty + VAT).
The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, and proof that HMRC fees are paid. If the car is subsequently exported abroad within 30 days then these fees are refundable.
Lastly, there will be a nominal administration fee of £350 for processing the NOVA application, and payable direct to the shipping company. A completed and processed NOVA will provide you formal proof that all duties & taxes are paid in UK and thus allow you to register the vehicle with the DVLA
In common with the majority of cars in this collection, this vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and there is no history available beyond that displayed in our photography section.
The car will require recommissioning prior to full road use and is sold ‘as seen’. We cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality.
It is available for view and inspection at our HQ near Abingdon and we will be delighted to show the car to you and/or your appointed engineer.
This is far and away the longest car we’ve yet welcomed to The Market’s HQ.
It occupies most of the horizon, has different post codes at each end and is probably heavy enough to shift the Earth off its axis.
Of course, we’re exaggerating.
But not much.
In common with many vehicles from the vendor’s collection, this 1969 LHD auto Lincoln Lehmann-Peterson Limousine comes with no consistent history and few service records.
It does, however, come with a large box full of various manuals, documents, files, bills, invoices, receipts, press cuttings and some largely unsupported anecdotal evidence of its possible appearance in films.
The car’s odometer reads 67,366 miles.
We believe it entered a private collection in the Middle East in 2013.
We also believe from some accompanying photos that the car was previously silver (which may or may not have been its original colour).
Either way, it’s very much gold now.
And when we say gold, we’re talking full-on, glittery disco-ball gold topped off with a thick, black, padded (yes, padded) vinyl roof.
We know that it was sold with 33,000 miles on the clock in 1988 in, naturally, Las Vegas.
Overall - and that’s a lot of all - it appears to be in reasonable condition, particularly on the inside.
With the proviso that we haven’t tried to start or drive this vehicle and can therefore only comment on its cosmetic condition, we think this 1969 Lincoln Lehmann-Peterson Limousine is quite a car and makes a statement like nothing else.
On the Outside
The acres of glittering gold bodywork look good from a few feet away.
Get closer, and you’ll see bubbling and blisters in numerous places, including the bonnet, the top of the middle door on the o/s, and at the base of the vinyl roof around the rear screen.
The panels are straight, even and free of any significant dinks, dents or creases that we can see, and the panel gaps and shut lines seem properly consistent and even.
The wheels are in decent order, as far as we can tell, as is most of the chrome work and exterior trim.
On the Inside
The interior, which is about the size of a three-bedroom apartment, is what you might expect – it’s all smoked glass and black leather and entertainment consoles from an era when it was more than acceptable for a man to be seen in public with a Zapata moustache, cheesecloth trousers and a poodle perm.
But it’s all in surprisingly good condition. The front cabin boasts black upholstery that has survived the ravages of time and use with commendable aplomb.
So, too, the rear cabin, which – if you listen carefully – still echoes to the shrieks and giggles of a thousand hen parties.
The carpets and mats look OK from what we can see (it’s very dark in here) and the door cards, headlining and internal fixtures and fittings all look pretty reasonable for the age of the vehicle.
All the toggles, stops, levers, switches and buttons appear to be fine, although, as we haven’t tried to start or drive the vehicle (we’re not sure it would get to the other side of the nearest roundabout without a Police escort and a couple of 17-point turns), we can’t make any claims about their full functionality.
The undersides are showing some bubbling and flaking in the sills.
Everything in the engine bay looks clean, dry and in its right and proper place.
This car comes with a box of old papers and license receipts. It doesn’t come with any maintenance history or comprehensive service records, although it does appear to have been owned by one person (in Monterey, California) for much of its long life.
The car is not registered anywhere. And there are no original registration documents.
It must be registered in the country of your choice and you will need to contact the appropriate vehicle licensing agency for instructions on how to do this.
What We Think
We think you’re going to need a bigger garage.
We also think that if you’re in the events, weddings, or party businesses and you want to leave your competitors in no doubt over who’s got the biggest dog in the fight, this is the car for you.
It’s quite a thing, that’s for sure, and it will get people talking and staring and pointing wherever it goes - provided, of course, that the engine, electrics and mechanicals are as amenable to recommissioning as the rest of the car.
We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of £4,000 - £8,000
Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; we are open weekdays 9am-5pm, to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
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All vehicles MUST BE COLLECTED WITHIN 7-DAYS of the auction end. Storage fees of £180 + VAT apply (per week) thereafter without exception.
If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage can offer you options, plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping both domestic and international.
BORING, but IMPORTANT: Please note that whilst we at The Market always aim to offer the most descriptive and transparent auction listings available, we cannot claim they are perfect analyses of any of the vehicles for sale. We offer far greater opportunity for bidders to view, or arrange inspections for each vehicle thoroughly prior to bidding than traditional auctions, and we always encourage bidders to take advantage of this. We do take a good look at those vehicles which are delivered to our premises for sale, but this only results in our unbiased personal observations, not those of a qualified inspector or other professional, or the result of a long test drive.
Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.
Additionally, please note that most of the videos on our site have been recorded using basic cameras which often result in 'average' sound quality; in particular, engines and exhausts notes can sound a little different to how they are in reality.
Please note that this is sold as seen (Caveat Emptor) and that, as is normal for used goods bought at auction, a return policy does not apply. See our FAQs for more info, and feel free to inspect any vehicle as much as you wish.
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