In 1961, Lincoln’s range was realigned to just one car: the new Continental. It was a bit of a gamble, and one that paid off handsomely. The Continental was available in both saloon and open-topped forms, both featuring the iconic ‘clap hands’ doors that became a Lincoln signature. Enormous 7-litre engine had bags of power and torque, making it an effortless drive. But what sealed the Continental’s success was its combination of style – in an era of over-reaching American car design – and the high-profile product placement via the White House.