1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III 4 door Landau
The Continental and Lincoln were totally restyled for 1958. Planning began in 1955 and management set the objective to outdo the competition with longer, wider, lower and faster cars. In addition, unitized body construction was mandated and the three series (‘58, ‘59, ‘60) remains the largest unitized production car ever built.
The Continental models where well equipped with the most power features as standard, including power for the unique reverse slant rear window. Both the Lincoln and the Continental were powered by the new 430 cubic inch engine (the largest displacement of ANY American production car then) which developed 375 horsepower and propelled this giant to 0-60 in under 9 seconds!
Other specifications include a wheelbase of 131”, overall length 1 inch shy of 19 feet long, a total weight of 5000 lbs and a selling price of $6500 ($51,000 today).
Chief stylist John Najjar, chief stylist stayed away from the rear fins while the industry was generally still incorporated them. Najjar’s designed was termed “rectilinear” and the unity of the car lines in profile is splendid. However, the sales were terrible and the Cadillac outsold them again by a margin of about 5 to 1.
This example is mostly factory original painted in Presidential Black with two-toned blue cloth and leather interior. It’s the color combination chosen for the illustration of this models 1958 sales brochure.
Model: Continental Mark III Landau
Serial No: 9304112468
Engine Cyl: 431 cubic inch
Engine Size: V8
Engine HP: 375