March 9, 2023
DUNKIRK, N.Y. – Once again I’m flummoxed. Or at least I was, as I was all set to write about the mild restyle seen on this 1962 Lincoln Continental (year two of Lincoln’s groundbreaking design). Then… I noticed the taillights. They’re not the same as the taillights in any of Lincoln’s 1962 marketing pieces, but a Google search shows them on a few other ’62 cars out there. Looking into it further, I found similar lenses on: a 1964 convertible for sale on hemmings.com (but again, they’re not shown on any of the cars in that year’s brochures); in a photograph on fineartamerica.com titled “1963 Lincoln Continental Taillight Emblem” (see previous comment); and finally on Pinterest in an oil painting titled “1964 Lincoln Continental Taillight.” One more look — I was running out of patience — showed that they’re actually from model year 1965. I’m assuming it’s a bolt-on change because they seem at a glance to be the same size for all five years (1961-65). I thought they looked familiar, Lol… An actual '62 taillight can be seen above in the inset.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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