Lincoln Brings Back Iconic Suicide Doors with Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

By Paul Riegler on 17 December 2018
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 Lincoln Continental concept car with suicide doors

The 2015 Lincoln Continental concept car with suicide doors

The Lincoln Motor Company announced plans on Monday to bring back its iconic “suicide doors” in a special version of the Lincoln Continental dubbed the Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition.

In addition to the coach doors, the limited edition Continental sports a six-inch longer wheelbase, a pass-through rear seat console with a stowable tray table, and Lincoln Black Label personalization.

Also known as suicide doors, coach doors are hinged at the rear rather than the front, and were a feature of one of the brand’s best-remembered models, the 1961-1969 Lincoln Continental.

That model was sold as a four-door sedan and convertible and was the first (and last) four-door convertible manufactured by a major American automaker.

The ’61 Continental was a turning point in American automotive design, a move away from tailfins and excess chrome to a simple yet elegant design. President John. F. Kennedy was assassinated in a black Continental limousine; Jacqueline Kennedy had a white convertible Continental of her own, and Pablo Picasso owned a 1963 Continental in ivory white.

In 2016, following the model’s 15-year absence on the market, Lincoln introduced the tenth generation Continental, which was previewed by a namesake concept car at the New York International Auto Show in 2015, complete with razor-sharp side-view mirrors and suicide doors.  The mirrors grew in size and the suicide doors disappeared in favor of conventional doors once the car went into production.

(Photo: Accura Media Group).

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