Lincoln Continental 1957, Automatic - Phoenix, AZ

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Item details

City: Phoenix, Arizona
Offer type: Sell
Price: $7,400
Model: Lincoln Continental
Body Type:Cabriolet


Contact name Robert

Item description

1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II Beautiful & Rare Orig 368 V8 Cold A/C
Beautiful & Rare! Correct Factory Colors, Believed Orig 368 V8, Cold A/C, Wow!
In the mid-50s, there was a revival of hand-built luxury cars that could rival anything built before the war, with Ford pulling out all the stops with the Continental Mark II to directly compete with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Not merely a Lincoln, but an entirely new brand called Continental, these magnificent motorcars were perhaps the last cost-no-object machines (Ford lost money on every unit produced) ever built by a domestic automaker and are suddenly finding a very strong market for their unique brand of luxury.

Despite the illusion provided by its exquisite proportions, this is a truly mammoth car. Weighing every bit of 6000 pounds, the beautifully built Mark II was personal luxury at its finest. And for many years, these cars languished as also-rans in the collector car hobby, but not anymore. Collectors are appreciating their wonderful combination of poise and luxury and the look is like nothing else of the era. Where every other car was laden with hundreds of pounds of chrome trim, the Mark II wears its bodywork like a tailored suit, almost devoid of ornamentation of any kind. There's the distinctive body line running along the flanks and the close-cropped roof line, so it's quite distinctive, but it's the shape that does all the talking. Finished in show-quality, special order Code D22 Silver Metallic, this elegant car certainly looks expensive in every way and is much more interesting than the more common basic white. Fit and finish are excellent, and even though these are hand-built cars that sometimes had alignment issues straight from the factory, this one was restored to a very high level with none of those problems. And although the chrome that is on this car is minimal, all of it is in great condition, including the big bright bumpers, badging, and hood ornament.

The bespoke interior is black leather that is impeccably tasteful in every way. The upholstery is in excellent condition, a testament to both quality and care through a lifetime of conscientious ownership. The instrument panel was influenced by both aircraft and clocks, with wonderfully detailed dials and levers for the HVAC controls, making for a very unique driving experience. A tachometer was standard equipment, more a curiosity than anything else in 1957, and the lovely textured face of the dash still has a bright finish. Power windows, power vent windows, and power seats were part of the package, and the upgraded R134a A/C is a very welcomed option. The original AM radio is still in the dash, too, although it's currently inoperable. The trunk, even with the propped full-size spare tire, is truly massive and has been nicely upholstered in black carpet for a luxurious look.
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