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. Central to the interior design was the wraparound windshield mounted 8 inches further rearward than in a Lincoln. While a two-door hardtop would be offered as the debut vehicle, the model range would expand to a retractable-hardtop convertible and a four-door hardtop sedan. 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. 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. . In 1952, the company formed the Special Product Operations team later Special Products Division.
It features a proper air cleaner, a reproduction battery, and those wild exhaust manifolds that dump out through the inner fenders. . They were sold by the then-new Continental Division through Lincoln dealers. For 1958 to 1960, the Continental nameplate made a return, becoming the flagship variant of the Lincoln product range. Inside the car the master power brake cylinder and booster were hidden under the dash in order to clean up the clutter. Few curves were added to the body, with the exception of a body accent line on the fenders and doors. 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.
It aspired to personify American luxury; to recapture the spirit of the great prewar classics, to be in effect, an American Rolls-Royce. Overview Manufacturer Continental 1956—1957 Assembly , , United States John Reinhart, 1953 Body and chassis 2-door Related Powertrain 368 cu in 6. Initially meeting with rejection from upper Ford management, in 1953, design work was approved to bring a successor to the Continental to production. If you would like to use your own carrier please let us know after you have won the auction. Once done, Hatton sprayed the car using DuPont paint. Rack-and-pinion steering also went in, along with Wilwood disc brakes for each corner of the car.
Not wanting to cut corners anywhere on the car, Calvin had the body chemically stripped, the original joints releaded, then the body electro-plated before Dan Stacey and Brian Hatton completed the bodywork. Controls for the Hot Rod Air system are in the console just below the Kenwood head unit, and Classic Instrument gauges fit neatly in front of a Billet Specialties steering wheel attached to an ididit column. The 368 cubic inch V8 was ostensibly the same as those powering other Lincolns, but rumors persist that the Continental engines were specially selected and tested to ensure they were the best of the best. Established as the headquarters and assembly plant for Continental, in a major break from Ford tradition, a moving assembly line was largely dispensed with to facilitate hand-built construction and inspection. It had a tachometer and power steering and brakes. For 1956, the engines produced 285 hp, increased to 300 hp for 1957.
Today, the facility is used by as the Ford Vehicle Operations General Office and New Model Programs Development Center, used to develop new vehicles and their manufacturing. Not merely a Lincoln, but an entirely new brand called Continental, these magnificent motorcars were perhaps the last cost-no-object machines ever built by a domestic automaker and are suddenly finding a very strong market for their unique brand of luxury. In a 1956 report from , the Mark ll produced 16. Only a handful of custom-crafted convertible versions were built by coachmakers, but they were equally stunning. While the car was elegant, the marketing was muddled.
The serial numbers for production cars ran from 975 to 3989. So, in 1956 the uber up-market Continental Division was created. Customers had trouble differentiating the two. The 1960 Mark V was marketed in advertising and brochures as the Lincoln Continental Mark V. Overview Manufacturer Continental 1956—1957 Assembly , , United States John Reinhart, 1953 Body and chassis 2-door Related Powertrain 368 cu in 6. Initial Sample Inspection To ensure all parts met standards, all inspections were deliberately scheduled earlier than normal to allow the process to slow down to allow for potential rejections to take place. Car is complete and interior and body are in good condition.
American Cars, 1946-1959 Every Model Every Year. Bentley had used the name Continental on their model line, adding to the ambiance and prestige. Ford longed for the prestige that accompanied the true luxury marque. And just 3,000 sales later, the Continental marque was gone. The 482 produced 642 hp on the dyno before being installed. In 1957, Cadillac entered the into production. 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.
Postwar Continentals were produced in low numbers less than 1,600 of them in 1947 and the body line was killed in 1949 in favor of a new, albeit less flattering, Cosmopolitan. Your hub for horsepower Get first access to hit shows like Roadkill and Dirt Every Day Join free for 14 days now In 1956, Ford created another category of their company, the Continental Division, for their next vehicle. Big Bridgestone wide whites are fitted to steel wheels with those ornate hubcaps that are made up of dozens of separate pieces and are worth a small fortune all by themselves. Despite the illusion provided by its exquisite proportions, this is a truly mammoth car. In 1968, Ford Motor Company introduced the 1969 , re-entering the personal luxury car segment. While two-tone paint schemes were offered an option, the design was conservative, contrasting the hardtop roofline with the lower body. Led by , the team consisted of John Reinhart chief stylist , chief body engineer; designer of the , and chief engineer.
If you would like to use your own carrier please let us know after you have won the auction. Styling was an intentional update of the original Continentals from the 1940s. Decades rolled by before they would have their chance, but three years ago Calvin started looking for an acceptable candidate to purchase and found one in West Covina, a suburb of Los Angeles. Few curves were added to the body, with the exception of a body accent line on the fenders and doors. With a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, it's effortless but there's also a lot of mass to move, so while it's not a drag racer, it does have a feeling of inevitability and there are few finer highway cruisers. For 1969, Ford revived the chronology of the with the debut of the personal luxury coupe, produced for five successive generations through the 1998.