History-infused model could be famous nameplate's swansong

The Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition has unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the 2019 Detroit motor show.

When we think of America's post-war golden age, images of glamorous Hollywood stars and presidents stepping out of their suicide-door Lincoln Continentals invariably pop into mind.

And it's that history which the luxury marque is going back with this new limited edition model, which has large rear-hinged doors capable of opening up to 90 degrees.

Unlike the past Continentals equipped with reversing-hinged apertures, this latest iteration has fully-framed windows.

Compared to the regular Continental, the Coach Door Edition has a wheelbase stretched by 152mm (six inches in the old money), making the car at least 5243mm long from bumper to bumper.

The 80th anniversary Continental has all-wheel drive and is powered with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 generating 298kW of power, and 542Nm of torque.

Based on the Black Label model, the special edition has active noise cancellation, 30-way electric front seat adjustment, and a Revel Ultima sound system.

According to Autoblog, the Continental Coach Door Edition starts life as a regular Continental Black Label sedan. It is then taken to Cabot Coach Builders, which uses Lincoln-designed parts to create the stretched version.

The Coach Door model will reportedly weigh up to 70kg more than the standard car, and comes standard with only four seats and a rear centre console to control the entertainment and climate control systems.

Just 80 Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition models will be built for the 2019 model year, with deliveries beginning in the northern summer.

Pricing reportedly starts around US$100,000 ($136,000), a US$30,000 ($41,000) increase over the top-spec version of the standard sedan.

A further run is planned for 2020, after which, it's strongly rumoured, the Continental will be axed.

Like other Black Label models, buyers of the coach-door Lincoln also have access to annual detailing, a 24/7 car washing service, and, of course, "curated dining experiences" at restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs.