For as long as he can remember, 30-year-old Leander Jordan of La Mesa, California, has been a car guy. “I have always been into cars since I was a little boy. My grandfather had Hot Wheels, and I used to play with them every time I went to his house,” Jordan said.
So it’s no surprise that today Jordan has several rides in his garage, including a candy-red Escalade EXT with tilt-up doors on 30s, a baby blue ’96 Impala on 24s with a 500-horsepower “stroker” motor, a 250 horsepower Suzuki Hayabusa street bike and this 1966 Lincoln Continental drop-top he calls “Green Monster.”
Jordan recalls the funny story about how he wound up with the Lincoln. “I was living in Jacksonville, Florida, at the time, and a friend and I were talking about old school cars. He said he wanted a Lincoln with the gangster [suicide] doors. I told him I didn’t like the Lincolns, and if I were to get an old schooler, it would be a ’71 Cadillac De Ville.
Well, it just happened that I saw [a Lincoln] for sale on the street where I lived with 43,000 original miles, but I still didn’t inquire about it. Instead, I test drove a Cadillac that I’d been inquiring about and found that it didn’t have enough legroom, so I didn’t purchase it. I then test-drove the Lincoln. It had plenty of legroom and rode so good, I went straight to the bank, got the money and bought it for $11,000.”
That was in 2003, and now, it’s worth more than the original $11,000 he paid for it. “I’ve been working ever since to get it where it is today,” Jordan said, who has invested an additional $70,000 to produce this old school custom with new school cool.