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for sale: 1951 LINCOLN W/SUICIDE DOORS - $7,000 (whitehall)


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not mine - project car

https://albany.craigslist.org/cto/d/north-granville-1951-lincoln-suicide/7518640685.html

This is a solid car, runs and drives smooth, tight steering, frame has no rust, replaced front floor metal, back seat floor and trunk floor are solid. It has a new gas tank and sending unit, new brake shoes, new wheel cylinders, new brake lines and new master cylinder. I replaced the water pump and voltage regulator and had the generator rebuilt. The car needs a total interior remodel but can be driven like it is. The car is 100% original, no parts missing. This could be a great winter project. Come on up and give it a spin around the block, you'll love it. Phone only please, I will not open emails 518-49nine-two386 ask for john  (few more pics in ad)

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What is this mouth-breather obsession with "suicide" doors (i.e., rear-hinged or front-opening)?  "Suicide doors" has been a slang term as far back as I can remember (even before this car was built) but I fail to understand that this is a sales feature that would make anyone want to buy such a car:  "WOW, look at me, my car has s-u-i-c-i-d-e doors!"  End of rant for now.  Next week's rant will be on people who spell "gauge" "goo-ajj" (guage).

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My Dad had a '63 Lincoln sedan and I had a '66. As rear doors, they allow the passenger to step out of the compartment, especially if there was a "driver" to open the door. They make the rear seat very easy to enter and exit. Lincoln recently built a few "coach door" equipped Continentals, now with better safety systems. There were several vintage cars form the 30's that had reverse hinged front doors. If they were to open accidentally when rounding a corner, the passenger would stand a good chance of being ejected from the vehicle., especially since cars weren't equipped with seat belts at the time. I recall reading a story in a hot rod magazine where this occurred at a Good Guys show, where the unrestrained front passenger, the driver's Wife, was thrown from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. There was also a "suicide" front axle mount used on early hot rods and the "suicide" foot clutch used on early Harley choppers. 

The car resembles it's brother the Mercury, but it has a curious sad look to the front end. I read that these were referred to as "water buffalos" by their detractors back in the Day. It looks pretty good to me, especially since the profile matches the Merc.

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19 hours ago, Grimy said:

  Next week's rant will be on people who spell "gauge" "goo-ajj" (guage).

Sign me up. Now "gage" (which already was a word having nothing to do with instruments) is "acceptable" to dumb down the standard for spelling.

 

I'll brake off hear, its thyme too goe.

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If you go to the CL listing there are more photos. My favorite is the "door card" made of green spray painted cardboard. Even so, at the right price and close to home, I'd be tempted. 

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