Inside The 2015 New York International Auto Show
For years, the Lincoln Continental was one of the pillars of American luxury cars. It was phased out several times, most recently in 2002. But the classic automobile is back, with Ford showing off a flashy new model at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Here’s a look back at the history of the suave, upscale sedan.Photograph by Michael Nagle — Bloomberg via Getty Images
Inside The 2015 New York International Auto Show
U.S. LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 1939
1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental Cabriolet
1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
In A Ford Showroom
1956 Lincoln Continental Mk II
1957 Lincoln Continental Mk II
1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible Fordor
Baughman
1962 Lincoln Continental Fordor Convertible
1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV
1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V
Edsel Ford II And William C. Ford Jr.
1992 Lincoln Continental
1997 Lincoln Continental
2000 Lincoln Continental
Lincoln Continental Concept
For years, the Lincoln Continental was one of the pillars of American luxury cars. It was phased out several times, most
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See the evolution of the Lincoln Continental over the years

With the news this week that Ford is bringing back the Lincoln Continental, it's a great time to take a look back at this classic luxury sedan's evolution over the years. The Continental, first introduced in 1939, has come in and out of existence, with the most recent run beginning in 1981 and lasting until 2002.

Read Fortune's previous Lincoln Continental coverage for more on the new sedan.

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