Lincoln Continental Mark III Convertible

The all-new unibody Continental Mark III was introduced in 1958, and at the time, it was the largest post-war American car ever built. Despite its massive size, the Mark III was beautifully proportioned. With newly-styled bodywork, the car featured bullet-shaped moldings and additional trim that both lowered and lengthened the car’s appearance. Mechanically, the Continental Mark III experienced a major boost in power over its predecessor, with a new 430-cubic inch base engine rated at an impressive 350 brake horsepower.

The new Mark III was bigger and more expensive than the comparable Cadillac, resulting in low sales of only 3,048 units, which has made the convertible particularly beloved among collectors today. There is no doubt that the mammoth Lincoln makes a bold statement about the company and the times, and observers today love the cars precisely because they are so outrageous.

Part of the RM Auctions event for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.

350 hp, 430 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, wishbones, and a live rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulically-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 131 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel

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