Actually in fairly good condition, but what was a condominium dweller going to do with something like that? The Continentals were mostly hand made; the paint was applied multiple times and then sanded, double-lacquered, and polished. An automatic headlamp dimmer could be ordered, meaning that it would dim automatically for oncoming cars. We have this one right here. That has got to be one skinny limb, made of glass. A couple years ago I saw a 1956 two door hardtop in the Coney Island Mermaid parade, glistening awesomely in the sun. It averaged 7 mpg under normal driving conditions and 3.
The fun began when one of us mentioned this idea to Howard, probably looking for some idea of how much such a car would sell for. Are you looking to buy your dream classic car? Had it not, Lincoln would have been finished. The car weighs about pounds. These elite motorcars were built largely by hand to exacting standards. The mere imposing presence these cars had greatly impressed my young, impressionable mind. I sensed immediately that if I was a man of taste that I was supposed to hate them, but I absolutely love them.
Mounted on the hood and in the back was the four-pointed star that later became Lincoln's emblem. The Conti was huge — it dwarfed other cars. The first two were scrapped in June 1956, and the third car survives today. Yet, they carry it better than the 59 Cadillac and Imperial. Who knew gas cap design could be awesome? The car weighs about 5,300 pounds.
I left with only 1 option on the table, which was totally outrageous. If Ford would have produced a convertible it could have cost Ford Motor Company untold Thousands. By Daniel Vaughan Nov 2008. The convertible is a fine looking ride with the other models almost as impressive. The Continental Division of Ford Motor Company existed only two years, in 1956 and 1957. This car along with the 1958-60 was one of the first to offer the unapologetically rectangular shape that would become so mundane by 1970 after so much of the character had been removed from these earlier designs. With the possible exception of the beautiful red leather that both offered, that is.
You have to admit that these made for a particularly impressive convertible. It was quite a rare and impressive car in our little town at the time. This included a computer message center, digital instruments, keyless entry and more. It is a Continental and built as its own division separate from the Lincoln brand. Kaiser, Howard Johnson, the Shah of Iran, and many other celebrities owned them. Everything had been substantially redeveloped. It was a good thing I stopped when I did because by the time I left the bank having made it there with moments to spare the Lincoln was there no more.
That car was also our first family car with air conditioning and power windows, as you mention, a big extravagance back then. Willing to trade arms, legs, kidneys and other non-essential body parts for one. Initially meeting with rejection from upper Ford management, in 1953, design work was approved to bring a successor to the Continental to production. When you see something for the first time, out there in the real world, you look to the badge to know what it is. Few curves were added to the body, with the exception of a body accent line on the fenders and doors. Professional staff and their vehicles are in good shape. Forget the fins, the huge expanses of chrome and the over the top sculpting of the Cadillac and the Imp, because this Lincoln is positively conservative in comparison.
All of these things came together and we became simply crazy about Lincolns of all kinds. Led by , the team consisted of John Reinhart chief stylist , chief body engineer; designer of the , and chief engineer. My family visited Rushmore around 2009. In 1957, Cadillac entered the into production. It only gets 7mpg, so that is the only real bad thing I can say about it. Later in grade one, I sat in the back seat of a 60 Lincoln hardtop purchased by the parents of a school chum.
When you see something for the first time, out there in the real world, you look to the badge to know what it is. The car weighs about pounds. It's a 369 cubic-inch engine with 4-barrel carb, rated at 285 horsepower. As American leather was sprayed vs vat dyed, leather imported from Scotland was used throughout the interior ; as Continental felt the results were better-wearing, the leather used the process and was dyed in the United States. We have a large box of spare parts, hoses, plugs etc. It did not use chrome, two-tone paint, or sharp styling cues to accentuate its beauty. Most of the car was hand-built to exacting specifications in a dedicated facility.
If there was any vehicle that was 180 degrees out of phase with the zeitgeist of the early 1970s, the monstrous 1958-60 Lincoln would be it. In 1998 the horsepower was further increased after the throttle body was enlarged and better flowing cylinder heads were adapted. The Ford 385 460 cubic-inch was available, except in California, as optional equipment until 1978. Slow sales resulted in the cancellation of this luxury car series. The brand logo for Continental was a rectangular-framed four-pointed star. To streamline production, powertrain components were adapted from the Lincoln model line and checked through the division's quality-control program during production.
The Continental was sold to the rich and famous. The following year, 27,091 were sold. However, it is still a sight to behold and thank you for taking the time to stop and take pictures and for the write-up. Many people associated the Continental as a Lincoln because it featured the trademark Lincoln spare-tire hump in the trunk lid and it was sold and serviced at Lincoln dealerships. For 1956, the engines produced 285 hp, increased to 300 hp for 1957. These are the closest thing to custom-bodied Continentals since the 1940s.