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1969 Continental Mark III
460 CID V-8 Engine (365 Horsepower)
Select-Shift Automatic Transmission
Power Steering
Power Front Disc Brakes
Cartier Electric Chronometer
Power Windows
Concealed Headlamps
Dual Exhaust System
Twin Comfort Lounge Seats, 2-Way Power (Driver and
     Passenger) with Front and Rear Center
     Folding Armrests
Heater-Defroster System
Flow-Thru Ventilation System
Rear Lamp Monitoring System
Header Console Warning Lights for Door Ajar, Headlamp
     Door Open, Seat Belts Reminder, and Trunk Open
Variable Speed Hydraulic Windshield Wipers
English Oak or East India Rosewood Appliques on
     Instrument Panel, Steering Wheel Spoke, Door and
     Rear Quarter Trim Panels
Automatic Parking Brake Release
Adjustable Head Restraints (Standard on January 1, 1969)
Visor Vanity Mirror
Glove Compartment Vanity Mirror [view image]
Fully Carpeted Luggage Compartment with Spare
     Tire Cover
Dual Hydraulic Brake System with Warning Light
Shoulder Belts for Front Outboard Occupants
Turn Indicators with Lane-Changing Signal Feature
Energy Absorbing Instrument Panel with Padding
Padded Sun Visors
Windshield Washers
4-Way Emergency Flasher
Back-up Lights
Side Marker Lights
Self-Locking Front Seat Backs
Remote Control Rear View Mirror, Driver's Side
Corrosion-Resistant Brake Lines
Non-Reversing Odometer
Safety Glove Box Latch
Color-Keyed Bodyside Accent Stripe
Full Flared Wheel Covers
Front Map Light
Rear Reading Lights
1969 Continental Mark III instrument panel
Mark III instrument panel (above) was well executed, driver only controls were within easy reach of driver, while others were grouped thoughtfully for front seat passengers. Note optional Speed Control on/off switch on underside of padded dash, to left and just above rim of steering wheel. Steering wheel center hub design shown is from production during 1969 model year; early cars, built during the 1968 production run utilized a different design (all first year Mark IIIs were built as 1969 models, no 1968-1/2 models exist.)
Door trim panel detail>The attention to detail on the new Continental Mark III was incredible; even the stitching of the seat upholstery had to allow for wrinkles in the material in specific areas. The door trim panels (right) demonstrated that same attention to detail with diamond patterned padded vinyl on the panels, accented by chrome, brushed aluminum, and wood.
1969 Continental Mark III front quarter view
Front of Mark III is bold and elegant; grille was carefully plated to ensure lasting beauty. Headlamp doors were vacuum operated, featured an internal spring that would automatically open them in event of vacuum failure. Warning light on overhead roof console alerted driver if one of the headlamp doors hadn't fully opened. Other lights overhead warn of door ajar, trunk ajar, and remind everyone to fasten seat belts.
1969 Continental Mark III deck lid spare tire hump
From the rear, the Mark III featured a spare tire hump on the deck lid that was reminiscent of the 1956-57 Continental Mark II, a car which owed many of its design traits to the original 1939 Lincoln Continental, a car originally intended to be a one-off special car for Edsel Ford, for his planned trip to Florida. When his friends saw it, they were thrilled, and he reportedly had two hundred orders in hand if the car were to go into production!

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