Lot 180: Lincoln Continental Mark V Convertible
315 bhp, 430 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, Twin-Range Turbo-Drive automatic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 131 in. Offered from a private collection One of the most notable Lincolns of the 1950s Well-restored with upgraded air conditioning A perfect summer day boulevard car Lincoln had good intentions when the 1958 model was being designed. In the mid-1950s, American car buyers were still clamoring for ever-longer, ever-wider, ever-shinier automobiles, and stylists John Najjar and Larry Shinoda (later of 1963 Corvette fame) answered. As the first Lincoln to boast unitary construction, and the first to be built in the new Wixon, Michigan, plant, it would be the largest American automobile built after World War II. Unfortunately, by the time these aircraft carrier-sized dreamboats were released, the American economy was in a recession, and bigger was no longer better. Before the crash, Lincoln had achieved 56,323 sales in 1956; by 1960, that number had dropped by more than half, to only 20,683. With a replacement model not scheduled for release until 1961, there was nothing Lincoln could do but revamp the 1958 styling for three long, slow-selling years. However, the passing years have been kinder to the design, and today, due to its largest ever status, an increased appreciation of its wild styling, and the sheer rarity of top-of-the-line models, the 19581960 Lincolns are highly desired by collectors. For many, the most desirable are the 1960 models, with a new grille insert, massive inboard front bumper guards, a new rear window, and simplified rear-end styling. The 1960 Continental Mark V Convertible offered here was one of 2,044 produced, and it was restored to original condition in 2006. During the restoration, the engine was completely rebuilt, the transmission was properly sorted, and the brightwork was refinished as-needed; new custom leather upholstery finishes the interior, and a new cloth convertible top provides shade for the passengers. With modern air conditioning added, this presidential black car is not only a well-finished machine, but it is an exceptionally comfortable one, year-round. Having covered only limited mileage since its restoration, this is the perfect summer cruiser, with room for the entire family to enjoy Lincoln luxury.
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