American Cars, 1946-1959 Every Model Every Year. For instance, exterior chrome was subjected to a 10-day salt spray test. Now that you have taken the time and trouble to do this, hear what I have to say:. Body: Five-place two-door hardtop, steel construction Frame: Y-shape Wheelbase: 126 inches Length: 218. The high price tag and lack of other body styles limited sales.
All my questions and concerns were promptly addressed. It still shared a platform with the Thunderbird and in many respects, were similar. It was similar to its predecessor but grew in both length and width. The 12-cylinder car was unofficially called the Mark I. 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. The back had the signature Lincoln spare-tire hidden in the trunk lid.
Turbo-Drive 3-speed automatic Dimensions 126. The lower roofline adds to a look that seems modern even to 21st century eyes. With the reduced weight and a smaller engine, fuel economy improved. In a notable departure from both American and European styling precedents, neither nor were seen; a swing-away left taillamp hid the fuel cap from view. This car was so exclusive, even celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley and political figures like the Shah of Iran and President Dwight D. The current owner has owned for approximately 5-6 years and has only had to do general maintenance to this beautiful piece of history.
Production was halted in May of 1957. The Continental was priced way above the average luxury car. In a 1956 report from , the Mark ll produced 16. The interior was of the very best imported Scottish leather and air conditioning was the only option. The paint shines well and is chip and scratch free. However, once-struggling Ford Motor lacked enough profits to begin developing such a car until 1953. The following year, 27,091 were sold.
The interior can be described as stunning to say the least. Power brakes, steering, windows, headlamps and front seats were all standard. 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. More important, the car was the personal vehicle of choice for many Ford family members. Elvis Presley was among its celebrity buyers. Ford fun factoids - 98 percent of 1956 Continentals came with power brakes; 85 percent had power seats; 86 percent had power windows; 94 percent had radios; 99 percent had heaters; and 98 percent had whitewall tires. The Lincoln Continental began life as a 1939 custom body Lincoln for artistic Edsel Ford.
The instrument panel was similarly restrained and rather modest dimensionally. The air condition blows cold and it is a plus in a 1950s coupe. In 1970 the vinyl roof became standard and the windshield wipers were made recessed. Kaiser, Howard Johnson, the Shah of Iran, and many other celebrities owned them. For 1956, the engines produced 285 hp, increased to 300 hp for 1957. Though sharing many similarities with the Thunderbird, these were completely different machines.
Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The engine was downgraded to a Ford 400 cubic-inch small-block engine. The designers' signature was placed on the opera windows and a 22 karat gold plated plaque could be found on the instrument panel. These rolling works of art were very costly. . In 1968, Ford Motor Company introduced the 1969 , re-entering the personal luxury car segment. It has been kept in a heated garage and pampered all its existence.
Finally, two more lacquer coats were applied and baked, followed by a thorough hand-buffing and polishing. The description of the car was complete, informative and quite accurate. This was no car for kids. Power was sent to the wheels courtesy of a four-speed automatic transmission. In comparison to its predecessor, it was rounder, longer and wider and no longer built on a Ford Thunderbird platform. According to Wikipedia, Today, approximately half of the cars still exist, about 1500 or so, in varying states of repair. It contained top grain leathers, expensive fabrics and thick, luxurious carpeting.