At the front was an egg-crate style grille and straight fenders. It has since been very carefully driven, approximately 250 miles, to maintain the mechanical integrity. Air springs were never offered as an option on these cars, and zero percent of production vehicles had it. I thought the chrome piece with the reflection of your arms was a piece of wood trim. It would have been a fully loaded, igh option convertible example from the factory and will continue to be a superb investment for any Lincoln collector! But in fact, 1958 cars were exactly that — but merely sold by a special division through Lincoln dealers. The metal horn ring used in '69 was deleted from the steering wheel, replaced by a unit.
The silver, black and white combination of the wheel covers and tires is quite striking. The gold plaque could be engraved with the original owners' name. After July 1968 the seatbelt retractors were relocated and eight additional exterior color choices were added. Our large interantional customer base has allowed us to make shipping contacts around the world. By using this service, you accept the terms of our. In 1973, a new federally mandated 5 mph bumper was installed.
The facts presented in this blog are based on my best guesses and my substantially faulty geezer memory. It runs wonderfully and can cruise the highway at speeds over 70mph smooth and assured! The grille was longer and a new bumper adorned the front of the vehicle. We want to thank Rich for listing his Continental with us. Please feel welcome to call with questions or schedule a chance to review in person. They were simply out of phase with the times, conceived in boom-market 1955 amid predictions that people would always want the biggest cars they could get. These included the four door sedan, the two door hardtop, the four door hardtop and the two door convertible.
Things didn't begin to improve until Lincoln given a : Lincoln's new 1961 slab-side, suicide-door design was praised by the automotive press. This car made a big impact on the motoring public when new and it makes an even bigger impact today—it is simply exquisite! An automatic headlamp dimmer could be ordered, meaning that it would dim automatically for oncoming cars. With the reduced weight and a smaller engine, fuel economy improved. Fuel economy, however, is an oxymoron with these cars due to their then all-new, massive and heavy 430 cubic inch V8 engine initially producing as much as 400 hp, with three two-barrel carburetors which were a 1958 factory option. Have you ever seen one? It got out of the factory with air suspension and had it when I got it. The title song became a minor hit that year; it was written by another unknown, Burt Bacharach. The top did work, but has been up since last year and is in good condition.
Riding grand 131-inch wheelbases, these Lincolns were boxy but clean and imposingly massive, though slanted quad headlamps were dubious. This placed it above the second tier premium personal luxury cars such as the , and. Cars produced prior to July 1968 featured a decorative stitching pattern on the face of the rear seat above the center arm rest. After a chance meeting with Henry Ford Najjar was given an opportunity in the the design department and ended up working for Ford Motor for 40 years. The bodies were completely restyled with an aggressive, angular look replacing the Futura dream car inspired styling on the '56 and '57 Lincolns. Willis' version of the old blues song gave birth to the dance craze The Stroll , ' mom, Gladys Presley, and movie producer Mike Todd, killed in an New Mexico air crash he was married to Elizabeth Taylor.
The Continental was no longer a separate model line; it now was the model designation for the top-of-the-line Lincoln. To view this listing on ClassicCars. Does the metal switch control anything in addition to the rear window? Watching that huge Cadillac slowly rise was a sight to behold. The chrome is very good, and the car is equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows, a power seat, windshield washers, a remote door mirror, a Town and Country signal-seeking radio with a power antenna, a heater and a power top. Stainsey may have thought the same thing guessing Old Jag. It would also have a tilted rear breezeway window on all models, ncluding the convertible, hat could be retracted for a true open car feel even with the top up! Shows only 57,414 miles on the odometer! The 58 is a distant 3rd place with me due to the exaggerated concave front fender scallops and the prominent pods that contain the headlights.
The engine compartment is carefully and correctly detailed. Other options included the aforementioned leather interior, air conditioning, further power adjustments for the front seats, a variety of radios and 8-track tape players, tinted glass, and power locks. This car is turn key ready to cruise! The car was 100% dependable, unlike most of the dozen. If you have a massive classic luxury car that needs a new home, please consider listing it! These included two hardtops and a sedan, plus the first open Continental in 10 years. The leg room is more like a ballroom. Famous buyers included Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Spike Jones, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry J.
Because of its early introduction and extended production year, the 1969 model had several running changes made. Floors on this car are rock solid!! A power sliding sun roof joined the options list. The restorers have carefully replicated the inspection stamps for each stage of assembly. These cars are so forgotten that they now must be so rare as to be highly collectible. Has a little chatter in reverse but works fine. The vinyl roof was made standard, windshield wipers were now concealed, and the wheel covers were redesigned. Auto enthusiasts may remember that Bentley also used the name Continental at one time on some of their lines.
In the back was the signature spare-tire bulge, though no spare-tire was housed in this enclosure. Najjar was a lead designer for the Ford Motor Company and is also credited for the design of the Ford Mustang logo. The Bill Blass Edition was dark blue with cream accents; the Cartier Edition was dove grey; The Givenchy Edition was aqua blue; and the Pucci Edition was in red and silver. Explorer I, the first U. The separate Continental Division was phased out in 1957. A locking steering column was introduced. This also allowed them to create a more attractive grille.