The exact features of the Lincoln Continental vary by model year, but they are generally luxury sedans with V6 or V8 engines. The Continentals produced from 1939 to about 1970 were mostly convertibles, while those produced from 1970 to present are mostly four-door sedans.
The history of the Lincoln Continental can be roughly divided into nine generations.
The first generation, which ran from 1939 to 1948, was a series of two-door coupes and convertibles with Lincoln-Zephyr V12 engines, squared fenders and walnut trim in the later models.
The second generation, produced in 1956 and 1957, was a two-door hardtop with a Y-block V8 engine.
The third generation, produced from 1958 and 1960, came in a much wider variety of both two- and four-door body styles, but all were equipped with a MEL V8 engine and a three-speed automatic transmission. The fourth generation, issued from 1961 to 1969, was similar in features but had a complete body redesign and came in a smaller range of body styles.
The fifth generation, issued from 1970 to 1979, featured another body redesign and a shift to either a Cleveland or 385-series V8 engine. This is also where the design moved entirely away from convertibles.
The modern generations are mostly four-door sedans with either a V6 or V8 engine and luxury features such as leather interiors and heated seats.