Published: Mon, December 17, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Lincoln Continental Coach-Door Edition unveiled

Lincoln Continental Coach-Door Edition unveiled

Lincoln has revealed a special-edition Continental featuring suicide doors, reviving a feature that distinguished the nameplate in the 1960s.

The rear-hinged back doors, formally called 'coach doors, ' promise a more graceful exit for passengers riding in the backseat of the model that in Lincoln's 99-year history has been known as the vehicle of kings, presidents and the Hollywood elite.

Only 80 examples of the 80th Anniversary Continental Coach Door Edition will be produced for the 2019 model year, with deliveries starting in June.

The 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition will be limited to just 80 units.

While the new Continental Coach Door Edition isn't quite that special, it is now the only sedan this side of a Rolls-Royce you can buy with this unusual door arrangement.

Lincoln bringing back 'suicide doors' on 2019 Continental

Tugging on the rear door handles pulls the doors out up to 90 degrees for easier entry and exit, and once inside, rear-seat passengers will find stowaway tray tables, tablet holders, audio and climate controls on a dedicated screen, and a wireless charging pad.

Officially the auto is called the Continental Coach Door Edition, and each will have a special door sill plate that shows the car's its number in the run.

In 1961, the company introduced the chic center-opening doors on the Continental model, which was favored by the likes of Clarke Gable, Elvis Presley, Pablo Picasso and Jacqueline Kennedy. The center seat in the rear bench is replaced with a big center console.

The cars start as top of the line Black Label trim Continentals and are modified by limousine specialist Cabot Coach of Haverhill, Mass., with a wheelbase stretched six inches that also improves rear legroom.

All Continental Coach Editions will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. A plaque featuring "Eightieth Anniversary" script and a serialized number is applied to the door sills, and each owner can personalize a second plaque to be installed on the flow-through console. The price will be steep: Lincoln says to expect it to come in above $100,000, a more than $20,000 upcharge over a comparably equipped 2019 Continental Black Label. Exact pricing is unannounced, but Lincoln has said above $100,000.

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