By on October 4, 2019

Not many of you will, of course, and not just because the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition now sells for more than $115,000. There’s too few of them, you see.

Last year’s surprise run of coachbuilt, suicide-doored Continentals sold out in 48 hours and totalled just 80 vehicles. For 2020, the fabulously expensive long-wheelbase Conti stages what might be its last appearance, offering a greater likelihood of scoring a buy.

This time around, there’s 150 Coach Doors up for grabs, each carrying a starting price of $115,470, Motor1 reports. That’s up a bit from last year’s version, and way, way up from a conventional Continental Black Label, which sells in the high $70k range. Orders are open, and will remain so until either the end of the month.

Chopped and stretched by 6 inches by Boston-area coachbuilder Cabot, the Coach Door Edition comes fully loaded, offering backseat occupants a full-length console with table, wireless charging pads, and numerous plug-in points. Beneath this Lincoln’s stretched skin is the Continental’s top-flight powertrain: a twin-turbo 3.0-liter making 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, mated to an all-wheel drive system with a similarly lengthened propshaft.

You also get an umbrella out of the deal, so it’s not all for nothing.

Image: Lincoln

With the Continental’s Ford Fusion platform mate shuffling into extinction in 2021, the coming model year could be the last for the big Lincoln sedan, as well as its specialty offshoot. Of course, there’s still a chance Lincoln will milk whatever cash it can from its full-sizer until the final moment. Through the end of September, Continental sales continued a trend seen almost since its introduction: they contracted. Year to date, the Conti is down 25.1 percent.

Buyers of the 150 Coach Doors will have to choose between two interior themes — Alpine/Chalet and Jet Black/Thoroughbred. There’s three exterior colors to be had, but it hardly important to list them. Anyone prepared to spend $115k-plus on this thing isn’t about to be swayed by paint availability.

[Images: Lincoln Motor Company]

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47 Comments on “Get Yer Coach Doors While You Can...”


  • avatar
    thornmark

    pass

    too much for a stretch Fusion, Continental Edition

  • avatar
    redapple

    If it were a $10,000 option.
    Cool
    Interesting.

    As a $60,000 option, all I can say is.,,,,
    Come on man. Come on man, you are not serious. BYE

  • avatar
    salmonmigration

    1960’s continental: huge, low, impeccably styled, with a flair of the sleek and exotic.

    2010’s continental: mid-sized economy sedan with leather interior.

    • 0 avatar
      Ermel

      This. Maybe we’ll see a Maybach S-Class or a Bentley with coach doors someday? Until then, it’s Phantom or bust.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      “huge” vs. “mid-sized”:

      Length
      1964 Conti: 216 inches
      2019 Conti Coach: 207 inches

      Width:
      1964 Conti: 78.6 inches
      2019 Conti Coach: 75.3 inches

      Worth noting that the modern product has far, far more interior room.

      • 0 avatar
        brn

        If we’re gonna do a “this”, I gotta side with dal20402.

        Part of me loves that this car is undervalued. If my current full size (technically, ‘executive class’) Ford dies on me, I’d enjoy a bargain on a lightly used Continental, Black Label of course.

      • 0 avatar
        salmonmigration

        The 60’s Continental shared the road with primarily full-sized cars and they made sure the Lincoln was bigger than those.

        The 2010 Continental shares the road with midsize crossovers and half ton pickups, and it’s smaller than all of them.

        Interior size is important, especially in China. But what Americans really want is to look like they just arrived in a star destroyer and the modern Continental just doesn’t do that.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        but w/ arguably far less style – doubtful this Continental will become an icon

        the reason the early 1960’s Continental is smaller than other luxury cars of the era was that it was originally designed to be the new Thunderbird – they quickly made it a 4 door the only way they could – w/ the suicide doors.

        it was built in the same plant as the rocket bird and shared major components w/ that 2 door

  • avatar
    Hummer

    FWD, V6, $110k, suicide doors, this car doesn’t know what it is supposed to be.

    Half of these attributes say cheap economy car, the others say luxury car.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      Street price starts at $52K, without suicide doors.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      All of these are AWD (with an actually functional system shared with the similarly engined Fusion Sport) and have 400 net horsepower, far more than the V8 boats of yore.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        It’s FWD based AWD, big difference from a RWD based AWD, it certainly doesn’t make the car in anyway more attractive having auxiliary power to the rear wheels matched with a V6. FWD based AWD is just as unattractive as FWD.
        I’ll take the V8 of yore with a throttle body fuel injection system, at least it will have an engine proper for a luxury car. Just because this V6 has the power doesn’t make it a suitable power plant for a car that’s supposed to be luxury.

        If I have to suffer just give me the fusion sport for much less than a pretend luxury car. These look like they have presence in pictures but when you see this continental on the road it looks just as small as it’s platform mate and just as invisible. This car just looks tiny on the road.

        Seats on these look amazing though, interior doesn’t look bad from what I remember when sitting in one, but the exterior dimensions, platform limitations and V6 all conspire to kill what could have been a real good car.

        • 0 avatar
          conundrum

          “FWD based AWD is just as unattractive as FWD.”

          Says you. The single clutch parasitic takeoff for rear drive I would agree is not brilliant. But it beats FWD handily in snow and ice when engaged.

          Not even a debatable point.

          The rear drive permanent engagement with parasitic takeoff for the fronts is hardly brilliant either. All BMWs, Jags and expensive Hyundais use a version developed by Magna – BMW abandoned gear center diffs for 2005.

          That means most “AWD” systems are pretty useless in a theoretical sense, because pretty near everybody uses the single clutch scenario bleeding off torque to front or rear when a set of electronic gizmo sensors says they should. Oh, GM and Honda fart around with extra rear clutches one for each rear axle, but they’re still stuck with parasitic single clutch take-offs to the rear propeller shaft.

          However, any AWD system that has an actual gear center differential, torsen or otherwise is not dependent on engine location. There are two independent outputs, one to the front, one to the rear. Audis with the Torsen center differential are not FWD biased. Most higher end Mercedes use a center diff. Subaru had a VTD center gear diff on its better automatic models until 2015 – they certainly are not FWD biased. Audi’s A4 went from a Torsen center diff to yet another single clutch cheapy known as quattro Ultra or some such nonsense in 2017, so I struck that one of my list. My BS meter went to 100 when I read the “technical” explanation.

          Blanket statements like yours reflect a lack of knowledge of how these systems operate. But you’re not fooling me. I’ve owned all types of AWD since 1988 and the Torsen center-diff was best by an easily identifiable margin, followed by the Subaru VTD system.

          I tolerate clutch AWD systems, simply because that’s about all that’s left at a reasonable price, unless you buy a manual transmission Subaru or some gear center-diff versions of Jeep Quadra-Trac, which even their literature doesn’t clearly identify.

          Like a can of beans, these present-day commodity AWD systems are far less capable than they could be or indeed were. All the manufacturers are looking for a few tenths of an mpg, and that overrides engineering of real AWD systems because friction eats energy.

          Marketing these days is fake news, trying to polish “t*rds” to a bright shine. Like the myth that says high strength steels are way stiffer than regular. But there’s no difference in Youngs modulus worth noting, perhaps 10%, so stiffness is marginally affected. What does happen is that high strength steel will deform more before it takes a permanent set. Therefore it’s useful for crash structures, absorbing more crash energy before it permanently deforms.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            “Like a can of beans, these present-day commodity AWD systems are far less capable than they could be or indeed were. All the manufacturers are looking for a few tenths of an mpg, and that overrides engineering of real AWD systems because friction eats energy.

            Marketing these days is fake news, trying to polish “t*rds” to a bright shine. Like the myth that says high strength steels are way stiffer than regular. But there’s no difference in Youngs modulus worth noting, perhaps 10%, so stiffness is marginally affected. What does happen is that high strength steel will deform more before it takes a permanent set. Therefore it’s useful for crash structures, absorbing more crash energy before it permanently deforms.”

            I agree with all of this 100%, but any AWD system that uses a clutch is absolutely useless imo. It’s not true AWD if it doesn’t engage until a computer says so or until it detects slipping. Similarly many of these system have been shown to be completely useless when one axle has no traction. It completely defeats the purpose of having AWD if we’re connecting the engine to all 4 wheels yet it is defeated by one of those axles losing traction. Unless all 4 wheels always have power, and it’s not modulated by a clutch or computer, and the center differential can be locked then AWD just gives the user a false sense of confidence.

          • 0 avatar
            TrailerTrash

            conumdrum
            all very good information bits on awd these days.
            i do have one question about awd,and it is what bothers me most about the systems today.
            i thought the reason for awd was its ability to help me drive, especially in corners.
            now i begin to realize many of these systems do not offer the torque vectoring,which i believe is the term, needed for this…and not all systems work the same.
            there are some telling me the honda system, or the acura sh systems, are the better ones at this.
            others…not at all or verrrrry slow.

            then i wonder, can cars offer this same assistance in corners without aewd, like the mazda brake use, when helping.

            please advise as i get the talkaround when i try to find the info.

      • 0 avatar
        geozinger

        I have to agree with dal20402, this should be a pretty attractive package for stealth wealth. I recently spent time with an EcoBoost 3.5 V6 F150, and there was nothing that truck couldn’t do that my son in law’s LT powered Silvy 1500 could do.

        I have to imagine that 400 HP in a heavily disguised Fusion would be a pretty decent ride. (It’s not like other luxury cars aren’t based on more pedestrian chassis…) I’m not a Ford-humper by any means, but I think I could live with this ride. I just couldn’t see the huge amount extra for the funky doors, though…

  • avatar
    Nick_515

    No.

  • avatar
    V16

    At $115,000, this puts the Con in Continental..

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Love it, even though it’s silly expensive.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      I wish they had gone all the way and made it pillarless, even though I completely understand how difficult that would have been to engineer.

      As is, it doesn’t quite feel complete. But I have a real soft spot for the high trims of the regular Conti. I think the design is underrated inside and out.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Like the color combination. The regular Conti might be a good used buy after several years. I don’t mind the V6 that much at least it is not a turbo 4.

  • avatar

    The best looking Lincoln ever. The Hatchet-man will cancel it.

    • 0 avatar
      jfb43

      Say what? The 56-57 Continental Mark II was definitely the best looking Lincoln ever and one of the best looking CARS ever. I know looks are “subjective” but I don’t think there’s much argument here.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Best looking Lincoln in years and yes it most likely will be cancelled. Wait a few years and it will be a good used car buy.

  • avatar
    Dawnrazor

    Does the $115k price include solidly affixed trim pieces, squarely-aligned panel gaps, and a functional gauge cluster?

  • avatar

    If it was a Mazda with manual transmission – then yes, coincidentally I am desperately looking for ways to waste $115,000 that painfully burn hole in my pocket. But Lincoln with AT – no.

  • avatar
    thejohnnycanuck

    Sure it’s a ridiculous price but it’s what they should have done with the Continental from day one. And being a factory job vs. a coachbuilder it would have kept costs in line.

    I’m sure it was discussed at the design phase. I’m also sure that Ford’s bean counters had nothing to do with why they didn’t do it.

  • avatar

    No way to get it.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    If I realized that I had just spent 110k on a V6 Ford sedan, I would need a suicide door.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    The outward dimensions don’t bother me as much as the recent Ford quality. I don’t really want a boat sized car as long as the interior has enough space and the trunk is not too small. Recently Lincoln has been doing the right things with nice looking vehicles and nice interiors but Ford quality might just undo everything that Lincoln has accomplished.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    While I liked the marketing aspect of this special model when it was first released, making an unlimited number of them the following year, kind of kills the original model’s uniqueness.

    Maybe there was something in the demographic that bought the car, maybe they’re just hoping to catch lightning in a bottle a second time. I don’t play in those circles, so I have no idea what the average wealthy person really thinks about this kind of car. Hopefully, it’s positive.

    If for no other reason than it’s something you can’t get anywhere else.

  • avatar
    rpol35

    How much for just the umbrella? I don’t need the car.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    What the hell is an Alpine/Chalet interior? I’m imagining knotty pine trim and a mounted stag’s head or two.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Lincoln has accomplished getting noticed. Better interiors and a better product line. Lincoln has the opportunity to become a real contender in the luxury market but poor quality can undo everything that Lincoln has done so far.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    The Brougham-lover in me craves one of these. Shame the Continental is let down by the stubby hood dictated by the FWD platform.


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