1959 Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln Continental Mark III of 1958 was a massive engineering and design project. Convinced that unit body construction offered advantages in manufacture and assembly, Lincoln embarked on creating the largest car in America at the time using unit construction techniques previously seen only in small and mid-size automobiles. Creating a convertible was even more complex and the Lincoln division's accomplishment was a remarkable statement of determination, persistence and design talent. Power came from a 430 cubic inch V-8, the largest engine in any American car at the time, rated 350hp in 1959's Mark IV. The body was, as Lincoln intended, dramatically different from anything built by its competitors with canted quad headlights flanking a vast egg crate grille, six taillights set within a grille-like insert, dramatic cove-like inserts on the front fenders and a straight-through fender top that ran from the headlights to the rear fenders, terminating in small canted fins. This 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Convertible is one of just 2,195 built and has received a high quality restoration to showroom condition in Glacier White set off by red upholstery and interior trim, black carpets and a tightly-fitting black cloth top mated to one of the Mark IV's most unusual features, the reverse sloped electrically retractable glass rear window that slides down into a recess in front of the hard-covered top boot. It is loaded with comfort and convenience features including a 6-way power front seat, power windows, Travel-Tuner radio and power vent windows. This is a gorgeous, correctly restored and presented example, right down to a tar top style battery with impressively straight, flat and true body panels, sharp paint, brilliant chrome and fresh, sharp upholstery and interior trim. It is elegant, imposing and comfortable, exactly as the Ford Motor Company intended it to be in 1959.

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