Ford is even more committed to SUVs in the US than it is with us and resolutely hangs on almost all other body styles there. The premium brother must also believe it: the end of the Lincoln Continental is reportedly planned for the end of this year.
According to various American media, Ford has now confirmed that the end of the Continental is almost there. It would also be a “permanent” end, so an ill-fated demise without the prospect of a successor. This will soon make Lincoln a brand that exclusively supplies SUVs, because the end of the smaller FMD was announced earlier this year. The cars that remain for the next model year are, in order from “small” to large, the Corsair, Nautilus, Aviator and Navigator.
The current Lincoln Continental brought in 2016 after fourteen years of silence the famous type name “Continental” back at Lincoln. The car is considered the tenth generation, although there were also earlier shorter and longer interruptions in Continental history. The first Continental appeared in 1940. Between 1981 and 2011, the Continental had to give up its flagship role to the equally legendary Lincoln Town Car. When the last Town Car disappeared from the market, that was also a bit of a shock to the American car enthusiast, because as a “body-on-frame” sedan, this car was in many ways the last of its kind.
Incidentally, the car in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated was also a Lincoln Continental, albeit in a specially prepared and – unfortunately – open form.