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Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc)

Reviewed by:   Tom Pine
     
  Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car
 
 
 

In ’61, Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln division put out a Lincoln Continental that didn’t look like any other car that year. With sharp-edged fenders, outlined by a continuous chrome strip from front bumper-to-rear-bumper, it had a classy, formal look that fit right in with its luxury car designation. I remember that Perry Mason drove one on his show that year. It was also, in limo form, the car that carried President John F. Kennedy, et al, on that fateful day in November of 1963.

FM originally did a limited edition (only 500 made, in white) of this car, along with the regular issue of black, with white convertible top. Long since discontinued (the original review by Jay Engle came out in 1996), this image gets big bucks on auction. Then, along comes an independent retailer (one of FM’s better ideas) named Vicki’s Gifts—who commission’s a limited edition (of 1000) in dark turquoise—and the image gets a new lease on life.

I admit I wasn’t a fan of either of the previous releases. The image just didn’t “pop” for me, and there were so many others to get first. But, this one’s a keeper. When I say dark turquoise, I mean it’s a shade, not like the pale color of the ‘60 ‘Vette, but a deeper, metallic blue/green that looks as elegant as a jewel. The interior’s black, with nice detailing on the dash and a fold-down front armrest. The molded vinyl seats, lack of some of the finer interior details (like power window buttons, glove box button, etc.), and dogleg hinges on the doors, are indicative of the technology of that year. The chrome trim on the exterior looks good and there’s a photo-etched hood ornament. I think the door gaps are a bit wide though. The engine under the rear-opening hood has all the wires and hoses present, including the a/c accessories (for a change). In the reverse-opening trunk, you’ll find (along with the LE plaque) a covered spare tire. Undercarriage detailing is spot-on and there’s a full suspension system. Even the full-dish wheel covers and narrow-line white walls look cool. All in all, this is a very nice image, considering the year of its release. Kudos to Vicki’s for making it happen.

The ’61 Continental was a luxury car that lived up to its name. It was long, had luxurious appointments, and it had a great “look” that stood out from the herd. So does the Vicki’s Gifts 1:24 scale image. Don’t pass this one up—you won’t regret buying it. I don’t and I traded a #9 LE of the ’70 Hemi ‘Cuda for it!

The issue price is $135 plus shipping. They can be contacted by email at toykarguy@yahoo.com or by phone at 818-238-9969.

(11/21/2003)
 
 
  Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc) diecast car

 
 
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Franklin Mint 1:24 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible- Independent Retailer Nbr LE of 1000 (Disc)

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