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1962 Lincoln Continental: Executive Demo

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ilmor
ilmor
3 years ago

Funny how similar this is to my story. My grandfather had a 1964 Lincoln Continental. Always loved that car and have many memories. It was the first car I actually “drove” – while sitting in his lap! In 1969 he traded it in on another new Continental. His salesman kept the Continental and stored it at my neighbor’s house, so I still got to see it for many years. While I was in college my grandfather passed away in 1973 as well, at the age of 81. The salesman passed away … my neighbor passed away. I don’t know what happened to the Continental after that. I’d love to find it today if it exists!

Bruce Meyer
Bruce Meyer
3 years ago

Just LOVED this film…there is no better custodian than Rich Plavetich. I saw this gorgeous Continental last weekend proudly driven by Rich and was just drawn to it. Thanks for making this film it has such soul and I’m sure brought all the viewers back in time to some kind of family car, boat or lasting memory…Petrolicious is THE BEST!!!!

Scott Lockhart
Scott Lockhart
3 years ago

Every one of my vehicles also has some kind of story to go with it. My grandfather was a dentist. While not a car guy, he was a tinkerer who built many things in his garage like toys, furniture, stained glass, guns, jewelry, musical instruments, and even a couple plywood family runabout boats all of my aunts and uncle learned to ski behind when they were in grade school. I’m thankful I got to spend a lot of time with him in that garage building things, and that I also got to ski behind a boat he built before it left the family in the mid-’80s. Thanks for sharing your story and allowing me to share mine.

mahul
mahul
3 years ago

Hi Richard
Many thanks for remembering us that beyond the love of automobiles there is above all love and memories of our beloved ones. We do owe them so much.
I haven’t got a Lincoln yet but already a B 20 and D.B.s and CD. You are most welcome if you pass to Bandol /circuit Paul Ricard in French Riviera.
Pierre Henry Mahul

david.hustache@orange.fr
david.hustache@orange.fr
3 years ago

Rich , you still have many years to enjoy your Grand father ‘s Lincoln so don’t worry too much about finding someone who will take care of it. Although I’m not a big fan of these kind of cars, this one looks magnificent especially with the suicides doors . I like the look of the rear . Really unusual design.

zeb
zeb
3 years ago

A wonderful story, your grandfather would have been proud to see it. Thank you for sharing and i hope it finds a home where someone will care for it like you have done richard.

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis
3 years ago

touching story, elegant car.

Tony Chenevey
Tony Chenevey
3 years ago

What a fantastic story. I constantly tell people that the stories behind the cars are what are truly meaningful and keep me so close to the collector car community. This is a really touching and special story and I appreciate being able to hear about the family history of this car. Thank you for sharing, sincerely.

Art Harvey
Art Harvey
3 years ago

Another lovely, personal presentation of both car and owner. So much warmth and sincerity in both words and visuals – much appreciated on a dreary March morning. I believe the designer was Elwood Engels. He was subsequently recruited by Chrysler where he continued his ‘exploration’ of long edges and deftly sculpted surfaces.. Cheers

David P
David P
3 years ago

Good grief that nearly had me fillin’ up at the end.

Lovely story, terrific car, fav vid in a very long time.

Freerk de Ruiter
Freerk de Ruiter
3 years ago

What a great car. I’ve always loved the ’62 Continental: The almost minimal sculptural shape, The clean horizontal lines, the careful application of chrome, the suicide doors… What a car. And a great story too. I don’t have children either, so I can relate to how you feel. I really hope you find the right person to become the custodian of this masterpiece. Both your family and the car deserve it.

Russ Wollman
Russ Wollman
3 years ago

And to add a little detail…

Russ Wollman
Russ Wollman
3 years ago
David Allison
David Allison
3 years ago

Rich, great story about a great car. Your grandfather would be proud that you have taken such wonderful care of his beloved Continental. I got a bit choked up when you were talking about your mom at the end and it reminded me of my grandfather and about how much he meant to me. Thank you, David

lagunatich
lagunatich
3 years ago

Hi Folks, Rich here. Thanks for your kind comments, and special thanks to the Petrolicious crew for inviting me to tell the story of my grandfather and his influence on my life.
To answer your questions . . .
The grill badge is indeed a Shriners emblem.
In addition to the Lancia Aurelia shown in the garage shot, the “little guys” seen in the background include a ’59 Deutsch Bonnet HBR5 and a ’65 Matra Bonnet Djet. Variety is the spice of life.

Dennis White
Dennis White
3 years ago
Reply to  lagunatich

I’ll be… time to Google!

Freerk de Ruiter
Freerk de Ruiter
3 years ago
Reply to  lagunatich

That’s a wonderful collection of automotive milestones, sir! I love the Continental, especially the 62 model year. The Aurelia is such a wonderful designed and engineered car. I have an issue of Automobile Quarterly here somewhere about Deutsch Bonnet and I seem to recall there’s a mention of the Djet in it somewhere too. Anyway I’m going to reread it 🙂 Enjoy your cars, and wishing you many more great miles in all of them!

Almeida
Almeida
3 years ago
Reply to  lagunatich

Hi Rich.
Thank you for sharing with us your heart and soul that you put in your life.
I am a lucky owner of a ‘Simca 8 Sport’ that is depicted in 2:33 and 3:12 behind you, framed, could you give us some details from this picture provenance, please? (btw, that is a great car too 🙂 J.Almeida

lagunatich
lagunatich
3 years ago
Reply to  lagunatich

Hi Almeida –
Good catch. Yes, that is a Simca 8 Sport – I own this car as well. Really original car with only 40k km, untouched except for a repaint in 1953 . . . and it raced at Sebring for the inaugural race on 12/31/50! Page down to “as found #16” in the article below:
https://www.velocetoday.com/as-found-classics/

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay
3 years ago

Touching piece… excellent…
Being a Turk, I can see why most would think there may be an Ottoman/Turkish connection with the fez’ed figurine and the scimitar/crescent moon grill badge…
But I think its more related to The Shriners Fraternal Order ..
Rich: can you verify..?
thanks- Kurt

Diamond Five
Diamond Five
3 years ago

What’s the very distinctive grill badge? Can anyone enlighten me?

Diamond Five
Diamond Five
3 years ago

Wow! Great story. Great guy. The people and the stories are what make the cars valuable.

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
3 years ago

Great story! The pipe in the car really shows your respect by your grandfather- lovely detail!

As a European I could help noticing one other thing – Ottoman Empire/Turkish symbol on the front grill?

Regards from Portugal!

Dennis White
Dennis White
3 years ago

Great car, great story, and what a great caretaker for future generations. Recognize the Lancia, but what’s the little guy in the back of the garage?

RandyP63
RandyP63
3 years ago

Always nice to see a fellow Pittsburgh guy do good. While I enjoy the majority of the short films on Petrolicious, this was extra special. Well done.

CruiseMulholland
CruiseMulholland
3 years ago

best told Automobile Story in a long time!

mvarch
mvarch
3 years ago

Very nice story and car! What is even nicer is the Lancia Aurelia peeping from the corner of your garage – would love seeing that one and hearing its’ story.

wmaloney
wmaloney
3 years ago

I wasn’t expecting to tear up on a Wednesday morning. Kudos to the owner for preserving that beautiful Lincoln and the memory of his grandfather. Another great video.
Bill