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Make: Lincoln
Model: Continental
SubModel: Convertible
Type: Convertible
Trim: Black Leather
Year: 1965
Mileage: 91,838
VIN: 5Y86N429518
Color: Black
Engine: 430 CDI
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Laguna Beach, California, United States

1965 Lincoln Continental Black Leather Additional Info:

Lincoln Continental Convertible for 1965

Americas Most Distinguished Motorcar

You will notice refinements in styling for 1965, from the new front grille to the new rear styling. Yet you will recognize the automobile as UNMISTAKABLY CONTINENTAL.

For it remains alone in its classic look.

Singular in its luxury and comfort. Unique in its ease of handling, its center rear opening rear doors, its full power auxiliaries as standard equipment.

Unequaled in its construction and ride, incorporating an impressive list of engineering refinements.

This year, discover Lincoln Continental for yourself.

Examine its new, even more luxurious interior.

Turn the Key and feel the powerful response of the largest and most carefully built engine of any automobile made.

Drive it and experience the full power and the unsurpassed ride of the Continental.

And, when you do, imagine how it will feel to own a Lincoln Continental Convertible...

*****Production note*******

Out of the 36,824 total Lincoln's produced, only 3,356 were CONVERTIBLES were made

What that means is only 9.899% of the entire production were CONVERTIBLES.

In recents stats suggest, that only 3 percent, are still in existence. That means there are less than 100.68 of these Lincolns left on the road.

Production Started August 3, 1964 Production Ended: July 9, 1965

The 1965 Lincoln Continental benefited from several new standard features.

Those features included:

  • A low-fuel warning light

  • Vertically adjustable steering column

  • Auxiliary map light

  • Automatic parking-brake release

  • Larger (15-inch) wheels providing better cooling for breaking.

  • Front wheel disc breaks.

  • Air Conditioning was installed in about 90% of production.

  • Individual power front seats were also an optIon.

She was born on February 10th, 1964 produced to be sold in District Sales Office (DSO) LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 1965.

From all of my due diligence, she is in fact a 2 owner Lincoln Convertible.

She truly is a piece of American history.

She has only been driven 91,838 miles over her lifetime.

What that means is:

1,732.0384 Miles per year

144.0748 Miles per month

36.72604 Miles a week

5.1577 Miles a day!!!!!!!!!!


Top Cycles Perfectly (New Hydraulic Top Hose set)

Windows switches were all taken apart, cleaned and reassembled. All 4 windows

go up and down effortlessly perfectly

Quarter Power Vent Windows open and close perfectly

6 Way Seats work perfectly

AM FM Radio

Radio Antenna goes up and down

All dash / tail / break / back up / head lights (high & low) work

Just an all inclusive pleasure to drive...

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1965 was the first year for:

  • Ventilated front disc brakes

  • Factory vinyl roof option

  • Fender-mounted parking lights

  • Ribbed chrome trim on taillights

  • Transistorized Ignition option

  • Emergency Flasher option

  • Spare Tire Relocation Kit option

”The 1965 is considered by many to be the best of the series.”

Here are her numbers: 5Y86N429518

Digit #1: 5 = Year (1965)

Digit #2: Y = Assembly Plant (Y - Wixom, Michigan)

Digits #3 and 4: 82 = Body Style (86 - 4-Door Convertible)

Digit #5: N = Engine Code (N - 430 CID V-8, 4V; 7)

Digits #6-11: 29518 = Consecutive Unit Number

The VIN Plate below decodes as: 74A A 86 12C 54 1 4

BODY: 74A = Lincoln Continental 4-Door Convertible

TRIM: 86 = Black Leather Pleated Design Bench Seat

DATE: 18M = December 18th 1963 (day of month, letter represents month)

DSO: 22 = District Sales off LOS ANGELES

AXLE: 1 = Conventional rear axle, 2.89:1 ratio

TRANS: 4 = Twin-Range Turbo-Drive 3-Speed Automatic



N - 430 CID V-8 320 Hp8

Bore and Stroke: 4.30 x 3.70 inches
Compression Ratio: 10.00:1
Brake Horsepower: 320 @ 4600 rpm
Torque: 465 lb.-ft. @ 2600 rpm
Carburetor: Carter 4V (C3VE-9510B)


4 Twin-Range Turbo-Drive Automatic


1 Optional:
3 A 2.89:1
Optional: 3.11:1
2.89:1 Directed power


9.15x 15 Firestone brand Self-adjusting hydraulic system

Front: Ventilated : DISC type

Rear: Ventilated : Drum type


123 inches

Front Tread: 62.1 inches

Rear Tread: 61.0 inches


Length: 216.3 inches

Width: 78.6 inches
Height: 54.2 inches

Trunk: 14.4 cubic feet

Sill Height: 24.0"


Front headroom: 39"

Rear headroom: 38.4"

Front legroom: 41.1"

Rear legroom: 40.5"

Front shoulder room: 59.3"

Rear shoulder room: 59.4"

Front hip room: 62.3"

Rear hip room: 62.4"


Fuel Tank: 25 gallons
Cooling System: 25 qts. (with heater)

Luxury tailored to your good taste”

"The NEW BLACK TOP GRADE LEATHER hides were picked by me personally.”

When each of this Continental's seats were re-upholstered, extraordinary care was exercised to achieve perfect workmanship with every meticulous stitch."

When I found her, she was sitting under a cover sleeping inside a garage in Dripping Springs Texas. As I looked her over, I knew she was solid as solid could get. Her bones are what you would expect growing up in Dallas Texas.

Her body she needed very little work.

Here were the steps:

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Prior to paint, her chrome trim was all removed re-chromed and professionally hand polished.

1. She was taken down to the metal (by hand) NOT by sand blasting. I was amazed at how perfect she was under that faded paint. She spent well over 60 days in paint and body. "No need to rush perfection".

2. Then we began by degreasing the metal to remove contaminants left over from the stripping process. The metal is then treated and coated with zinc for superior corrosion resistance and better adhesion of the subsequent paint layers.

3. Primer was the first layer of paint. It is formulated to fill tiny scratches and imperfections in the body and give the subsequent color coats something to adhere to. Unlike the drab gray primer of yesteryear, we used colored primer to hide future damage from rock or stone chips.

4. The base coat, or color layer, was the next in the process. In the past, this was the final layer of paint, which was directly exposed to the environment. We then applied clearcoat paint over the final color layer. (Clearcoat is a layer of paint without color pigment added-it is simply clear paint. The clearcoat adds high gloss while protecting the colored basecoat from scratching, chipping, and the effects of the environment.)

Finally....Her paint is thick and smooth as you can see in the photos.

*****During paint and body here are the notes about the chrome trim interior & exterior.

Removed & Re-chromed & Polished

  • The hood emblem was removed

  • The trunk emblem was removed

  • The window pillars were removed

  • Head light bezels was removed

  • Center pillar caps were removed

  • Drivers side mirror was removed

  • Front bumper Impact Bar was removed

  • Front right hand bar extension was removed

  • Front left hand bar extension was removed

  • Rear impact bar was removed

  • Left rear outer impact bar was removed

  • Right rear impact bar was removed

  • Sun visor (center windshield header piece) was removed and re-chromed, 3Pcs.

Hand Polishing

On all 4 doors the entire door trim was removed, disassembled and professionally hand polished this included:

  • Drivers side mirror (1)

  • Fender well chrome (4)

  • Rocker board chrome (2)

  • Door handles (Exterior 4)

  • Handles (Inner 4)

  • Inner trays(4)

  • Cigarette lighters (4)

  • Unlocking handles (4)

  • Door unlock knobs (4)

  • Inner trim(4)

  • Ashtrays (3)

  • All gages i.e. Gas / Volts / Oil Pressure/Speedometer Bezels

  • Steering wheel center, shifter & indicator columns

  • Dash trim A/c controls, Power window, Power lock, Cigarette lighter,

  • AM/FM radio controls knobs

  • Vent knobs

  • Interior lamp

  • Door light bezel trim (4)

  • Lower quarter and side chrome molding (6)

What's she has NEW:


****I personally chose each hide that was used for the interior.

  • NEW 7 Rebuilt window switches (These were all taken apart sanded, cleaned

  • and repaired with new rubber inserts)

  • NEW Double loop black Carpet throughout entire cabin with heel kick pad

  • NEW Trunk carpets cut to original specifications

  • NEW made to order door moldings (4) with extruded ends that snap in perfect to original holes. It took 3 months to get 1 set of complete molding like it was in 1965.

  • 2 Door seal front (with NEW molded ends)

  • 2 Door sear rear (with NEW molded ends)

  • NEW Weather -strip trunk lid

  • NEW Peak molding clips for Fenders and Quarter panels

  • NEW Rear deck molding

  • NEW Package tray molding

  • NEW Convertible top Quarter pads (These pads rest on the car when the top is

  • up)

  • NEW Steering gear box

  • NEW Power steering pressure hose

  • NEW Power steering fluid

  • NEW Carburetor rebuilt

  • NEW Fram oil filter

  • NEW 300W Kendall GT-1 oil

  • NEW Throttle body

  • NEW AFB Carburetor floats

  • NEW Lower steering column bushings

  • NEWLY Rebuilt Fuel pump

  • NEW R&I manifold gaskets

  • NEWLY High volume oil pump

  • NEW Break booster

  • NEW valve gaskets

  • NEW exhaust (complete from engine to tail)

She fires up on first try

Runs very quiet and smooth

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  • NEW AC DELCO spark plugs

  • NEW Accel/High performance distributor cap and rotor kit for 71000 series

  • NEW Mallory/8 mm. 8 cyl. black Pro Wire Hemi stainless steel core straight boots universal spark plug wire kit.

  • NEW Sylvania Xtravision H5001XV Headlamps

  • NEW Peak 50/50 Antifreeze & Coolant

  • NEW CVR Car cover

  • NEW Comp fire extinguisher

  • NEW Time period correct engine decals and Jacking procedure decal located on

  • inner rear deck lid.

List of Sandblasted and Powder Coated items:

  • Air cleaner (Prismatic Powders Color P-4105B Black Metallic)

  • Air intake (Prismatic Powders Color P-4105B Black Metallic)

  • Oil Breather cap (Prismatic Powders Color P-4105B Black Metallic)

  • Valve rocker arm covers (Prismatic Powders Color P-4105B Black Metallic)

  • Upper sway bracket arms 4 (These bolt on at the fire wall to each front quarter panel / fender) (Prismatic Powders Color P-4105B Black Metallic)

  • A/C Bracket (Prismatic Powders Color P-4105B Black Metallic)

She comes with:

  • Triple A Collector Car Replacement Insurance Policy with a REPLACEMENT

  • VALUE OF $74,000.00

  • Any and all receipts for the services / parts / components / repairs that came

    from this restoration.

  • Clear Certificate of Title

  • 1965 Lincoln Continental Maintenance Manual

  • 1965 Lincoln Continental Window Sticker

  • She has ALL NEW fluids and filters, her tires have 10% wear or 90% left on them, she is ready to go!!!

At this point I believe I have covered all of the bases....

If you should have any questions please call my cell. 949-433-0404 Griffin