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Wheels in the grass

1962 Lincoln Continental (Wyoming County, N.Y.)

1962 Lincoln Continental (Wyoming County, N.Y.)

...from the brochure

...from the brochure

1959 Lincoln

1959 Lincoln

If you get the urge to tilt at windmills, and find yourself in Wyoming County driving through the High Sheldon Wind Farm looking for able adversaries, you just might see this 1962 Lincoln Continental. It’s sitting on someone’s front lawn looking almost as spiffy as when it was new.

If you’re of a certain age, like I am, whenever you see one of these things, especially a black one, it brings back dark memories of grassy knolls, Dallas movie theaters, and slimy-looking Cuban sympathizers looking surprised that anyone would shoot them — on live TV yet! Oh, what a weekend.

The 1961-64 Lincolns were distinguished mostly by cosmetic changes to the grille, lights, and other trim bits, and to this day they’re highly thought of for their clean lines. They were a far cry from their predecessors though, which screamed of American excess in car design.

Check back every Wednesday evening as we find another set of wheels in the grass.