In the annals of the American luxury car, few models have the historical significance of the Lincoln Continental. The very first Continental was designed to be Edsel Ford’s personal car, and so you can imagine how special it was. The custom model was so beautiful and so coveted that Ford Motor Company decided to put it into production. With its famed “Continental kit” — the exposed, rear-mounted spare tire — it became an instant classic.
Fast-forwarding to present-day, things are much different for the Lincoln Motor Company brand, the American car industry, and society as a whole. Edsel Ford is not viewed as a visionary car executive, which he was, and his given name is now regarded as a synonym for failure. Into this far more challenging era rolls the 2019 Lincoln Continental, which might be described as one of the best cars few people seem to care about.