3. Legacy flagship
1961 lincoln continental

Lincoln likes to remind buyers of its two models from 50 years ago that actually deserve the adjective "iconic:" While strictly speaking a product of the short-lived Continental division and not a Lincoln, the elegant 1956 Mark II stood out in an era known mostly for cars with excessive amounts of chrome. Another flagship, the 1961 Continental (above), was notable for its rear suicide doors, four-door convertible, and enormous size.

Picking an outstanding Infiniti from the past is more difficult, but the third generation M35/M45, made from 2005 to 2010, won an eight-car comparison test by Car and Driver and was named the best luxury sedan by Consumer Reports.

Advantage: Lincoln

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated August 27 2013 06:07 AM ET
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