From the original 1939 model to the most recent 2017 iteration.

Maybe only a few of you know that the Lincoln Continental was named after the exterior design language of the original model, which was shaped with European "continental" styling elements, including a rear-mounted spare tire. First introduced in 1939, the Continental has been given several different roles within the brand’s lineup, ranging from its flagship to its base-trim sedan.

The history of the Continental nameplate for the Ford-owner brand is pretty interesting. It has gone on hiatus three times - from 1949 to 1955, in 1981, when the Continental was renamed the Lincoln Town Car, and after 2002, when the Continental was retired for the last time, at least for now. It has been in production for over 55 years across nine different decades and a new very cool video traces its history since the first-generation model.

Gallery: Lincoln Continental evolution

With a total of 45 images, the 3:54-minute clip starts with the original Continental prototype from 1939, followed by the first production model. No less than six examples of the first-gen Continental appear during the first half of the video, followed by just a single second-gen car. Fast forward to present day, the final Continental to be featured in the video is the tenth-gen 2017 model with its Coach Door Edition limited trim.

Honestly, it’s very difficult for us to pick just one of the Continental’s generations as our favorite. All of the first five evolutions of the model are really cool, and we also have a soft spot for the latest-gen, which first appeared in 2017. Tell us in the comments section below - which one is your favorite Continental and why?