Lincoln Motor Company will build a limited-edition version of its Lincoln Continental with suicide doors. I think it should expand the feature to all of its vehicles.
To honor the Lincoln Continental’s 80th anniversary, the Ford-owned luxury automaker will revive the iconic suicide doors on the latest version of the Lincoln Continental.
This is good news, indeed. Suicide doors and the Lincoln Continental go together like peanut butter and jelly. With one missing the other just isn’t quite so good. With that said, though, Lincoln will only put the special doors on a limited number of cars.
According to CarBuzz, Lincoln will only build 80 models that have the special doors. To make that happen, the company had to stretch the wheelbase of the car by six inches.
A Truly Luxurious Lincoln
With the added six inches to the wheelbase of the Continental for the suicide doors, the Continental is now the large and luxurious car that it always should have been.
The modern Continental is a good car. It’s the right car for Lincoln to build, but the company didn’t go all the way with it. It wasn’t quite big enough and comfy enough to show up the competition. The added six inches and suicide doors give it what it was always missing.
Is It Just a Money Grab by Lincoln?
While I’m a huge fan of Lincoln bringing back the suicide doors and adding the six extra inches, I think it’s a shame that the company is only bringing back the doors on 80 models.
It makes me think Lincoln is only building the cars for a good money grab. The 80 models that the company is building will undoubtedly go for a lot of money. The cars start as Black Label models and then have the modifications performed on them.
According to CNN, the price for these cars will be over $100,000, and that’s quite a lot of money for these cars. As cool and luxurious as they are, Lincolns don’t hold the same clout in the industry as they used to.
The cars, especially the Continental, hold a special place in the car company’s history and honestly the car industry history. John F. Kennedy rode in one when he was assassinated. Pablo Picasso owned an ivory white one. It’s a shame the Continental doesn’t demand the same amount of respect as it once did.
While the new doors and longer wheelbase are a step in the right direction to making the Continental into the automotive icon it once was, it’s going to take a lot more than some backward-facing doors to change the brand’s perception.