These have always been on top of my have to have one list. In the early 70,s I bought a cherry 62 which looked very much like the 56' 57' Continentals, and it was a real solid quality car. The same year, the personal luxury segment saw several American-produced vehicles enter production, with the launch of the limited-production , , and convertibles by General Motors coinciding with the launch of the , as a roadster and the convertible. Motor Trend Classic ran an article on these cars a while back. I've always loved these cars and I've had the ideal one built in my head for a while.
They were sold by the then-new Continental Division through Lincoln dealers. S from my memory: The family of someone in my high school had one. The 56-57 Continental had to be one the best designed FoMoCo vehicles ever. The serial numbers for production cars ran from 975 to 3989. It wasn't until the 59 model year that the Continental once again became part of the Lincoln division. Brakes, suspension and handling are all in good working order.
He bought many lincolns through the year but keep this one to the end. Overview Manufacturer Continental 1956—1957 Assembly , , United States John Reinhart, 1953 Body and chassis 2-door Related Powertrain 368 cu in 6. In-Plant Inspection and Testing Inside the Continental assembly plant, each vehicle went through fourteen major inspection points, where each vehicle was inspected by a team of mechanics before undergoing further assembly. My best friends father wanted to buy one when new and found that you basically needed to know someone at Ford to get on the list. A style that can hardly be improved upon. While metallic-style exterior paints had become popular on 1950s American luxury cars, durability concerns forced Continental to adapt lacquer-based paint colors the first Ford Motor Company vehicle to do so.
There is a guy in San Francisco with a body shop in the 500 block of Bayshore Boulevard who owns or owned 3 or 4 of them including one that he turned into a convertible. He told me this was a New York rust bucket when they started. Stock wheels and wheel covers. Very good article on some very nice machinery. There isn't anything special about them mechanically. The car was re-painted many years ago in Pastoral Blue by a previous owner, paint would be considered a twenty footer with a few scuffs.
Following the withdrawal of the 1939—1948 Lincoln Continental, by the early 1950s, interest in a successor vehicle proved sufficient for Ford Motor Company to commence development on a successor. The spare, tire cover and jack are all present. Between 1992 and 2004, Jared Bruce owned it. This car deserves so much more than the typical. It had stacked quad headlights and I was told it belonged to Georges wife.
The lower roofline adds to a look that seems modern even to 21st century eyes. The original was a major excercise in restraint look at regular '56-7 Lincolns! For 1956, the engines produced 285 hp, increased to 300 hp for 1957. I had a nice 65 continental years ago and it was a solid and well built car. The Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, came out about the same timeto compete, but I liked the Lincoln. Those lines are individually cast riblets! Last time I saw him was mid 70's in Fresno.
The girlfriend and I referred to it as 'The Love Boat'. It sported a high greenhouse and a wraparound windscreen. Famous owners included Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Spike Jones, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry J. The 368 cu in 6. Go back and take a look at the posts - it's great! I think the spare was an excercise in faulty reasoning addled by guilt.
My friend has to have a stock-sized spare in order to close the trunk, too, as larger tires don't allow the lid to close properly without damaging the hinge. Bruce, I couldn't agree more. The latter car was given to the wife of William Clay Ford as a personal vehicle; initially painted white, it was later painted sky blue. In the factory, each vehicle was assembled on a mobile carrier; as each segment of assembly and inspection was completed, vehicles were moved by hand to different assembly stations. I think the '53 Studebaker coupe,'56 Chrysler 300 hardtop,'56-'57 Lincoln Premier hardtop. Just lower 'em a bit and drive! A friend of mine owns one of them, and another guy in town owns the other two, all nice cars. Central to the interior design was the wraparound windshield mounted 8 inches further rearward than in a Lincoln.
This kept the wheel base, and thus the vehicle length on target. They were created to be an image builder for the rest of the corporation. Bags aren't necessary I don't think. Blemishes are found on the trunk lid; the taillights show cracks and other areas of the car do not meet the 10-foot test. In 1961, the Lincoln brand adapted the Continental nameplate for its entire model line, a practice that would be seen through the end of the 1976 model year.