The back had the signature Lincoln spare-tire hidden in the trunk lid. Elvis Presley was among its celebrity buyers. Legal Disclosures: Specialty Sales Classics has advertised and sold thousands of classic cars since our founding in 1978. We will sell the car with these options repaired or not repaired, depending on the buyer's preference. The new Continental was introduced in October 1955--but not at big American auto shows, such as those in New York and Chicago. These rolling works of art were very costly.
Mounted on the hood and in the back was the four-pointed star that later became Lincoln's emblem. This car has had a very nice dual stage repaint in factory Powder Blue. The interior trim was now real wood. For the entire 1956 model year, another 1300 were sold. Adding Lincoln to the title broadens the audience. I have always thought, for me, this was the absolute most beautiful car Ford ever built. While I think this one could be a good starting point for someone looking to restore one of these beautiful cars, these cars can get incredibly expensive to restore.
The interior in particular looks like an afternoon of detailing would make it look almost new. Though sharing many similarities with the Thunderbird, these were completely different machines. In the back was the signature spare-tire bulge, though no spare-tire was housed in this enclosure. These were expensive and are rare because they were basically handbuilt in the separate Continental division Ford set up. Both front seats were power adjustable, but for an additional cost additional power adjustments could be installed.
Also, a deteriorated restoration or a poor amateur restoration. The vehicle was owned by the same gentleman for nearly 40 years. Owner will cover the cost of shipping to any location North America excluding Alaska. In 1970, 21,432 examples were sold. This model also included a factory tach, one of the first cars to have that feature. We do not know if the drivetrain has ever been rebuilt, but we can say that it's an excellent candidate for a complete restoration since everything appears to be here in great shape. It may be in the process of restoration or its owner may have big plans, but even from 20 feet away, there is no doubt that it needs a lot of help.
Famous buyers included Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Spike Jones, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry J. Even though the best year was in 1968, sales had begun in 1968. Sensational door panels and a elaborately finished instrument cluster are dazzling, and re-affirm the quality and attention to detail Lincoln intended for these cars. The headlight covers and steering wheel were new. Better to just take the High Road, and maybe entice someone to participate in the hobby, rather than have them write us all off as a bunch of know-it-all jerks. The hood was long and curvy, perfect for concealing the 6-liter engine.
For this particular example, the current owner inherited the Lincoln from his uncle back in 2008 who had purchased the car in 1960, and is thought to be only the second owner through the years. The following year, 27,091 were sold. The door trim panels and instrument panels were either rosewood or oak, depending on the interior color chosen. The gold plaque could be engraved with the original owners' name. Most of the chrome looks original including the bumpers. The ride was smooth thanks in part to a full airbag suspension and electronic ride control system.
The skills to restore a car cost more today than ever and in many cases a buyer would be well advised to buy the nicest example of the car desired rather than invest copious amounts of money into a car that may not have as good provenance as the best car in the market place, and in the end cost the same or close to it with a lot of work to boot. The Continental Mark V was a big and heavy car. All the original books, keys, and documentation for this Mark 2 are included in the sale. At some point this car went through a cosmetic restoration of new paint, and some chrome refreshed. What would you do with this Continental? Given the age of many of our vehicles, it is extremely difficult to adequately describe all aspects of each vehicles condition in the limited space available and we have learned that these Pre-Purchase Inspections are helpful to all parties involved.
The Lincoln Continental began life as a 1939 custom body Lincoln for artistic Edsel Ford. We can also have the seats revamped in new leather. There were even dual heaters. It still shared a platform with the Thunderbird and in many respects, were similar. But as we approach it, we begin to notice that the paint may be getting thin in spots from frequent washing and polishing.
These were produced in very limited quantities, approximately 2500 in 1956 and only 700 in 1957. History The name 'Continental' was inspired by the 1940's Lincoln Continental powered by a large 12-cylinder engine. At the time Ford was a private company and was willing to incur these losses but when Ford became a public company, losses were not permitted. The 12-cylinder car was unofficially called the Mark I. It will not remain available for long! It was positioned to compete with Cadillac's Eldorado. In 1970 the vinyl roof became standard and the windshield wipers were made recessed.