Skip to main content

1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III news, pictures, specifications, and information
Hardtop Coupe
The 1958 Lincoln was longer, wider, and heavier than any American production car ever built. It was designed to make a statement. For the convertibles, the rear glass was electrically controlled and the entire unit folded well forward of the trunk.

The 1958 Lincoln Continental was the biggest car in American built between 1958 and 1960. They truly epitomized the 'big' cars Detroit was building during the 1950s and early 1960s. They were also very luxurious. All Lincolns came equipped with power brakes, power steering, radio, heater-defroster, clock, windshield washer, padded dash, center armrest, dual exhausts and undercoating - plus many additional options such as air conditioning, power seats and remote control trunk lid.

The big Lincoln was powered by a Lincoln 430 cubic-inch V8 that offered 315 horsepower. Only 2,328 coupes were built in 1958. Base factory price was $5,765.
Chassis Num: H8YG414445
High bid of $55,000 at 2015 Mecum. (did not sell)
Sold for $50,600 at 2015 Barrett-Jackson.
The 1958 Mark III Continental line was large, riding on a 131-inch wheelbase. It was one of the longest, widest, and heaviest American car ever built. In total, the Lincoln Company built just 3,048 examples.

These vehicles were luxurious and fitted with many amenities. The rear glass was electrically controlled to create a breezeway through the passenger area. The convertible body styles had a top that folded into an area far ahead of the trunk. The body was created from heavy all-steel panels stamped by the Budd Company and the chassis was built at Lincoln's Wixom plant using multi-layer unitized construction. The 430 CID engine breathed through a large 4150 Holley carburetor and offered 375 horsepower. Along with the help of a Turbo-Drive automatic transmission, these Lincolns were capable of a top speed of 116 MPH.

This particular example was formerly part of the Jim Rogers collection. It has a quality older restoration. Options found on this car include power windows, a power top, fender skirts, and chrome wire wheels. Insider, there are tri-color leather upholstery.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016
The name 'Continental' was inspired by the 1940's Lincoln Continental powered by a large 12-cylinder engine. Bentley had used the name Continental on their model line, adding to the ambiance and prestige. In 1956 the Ford Motor Company formed the Continental Division for the production of the Mark II. Its general manager was William Clay 'Bill' Ford, son of Edsel Ford and grandson of Henry Ford. Many people associated the Continental as a Lincoln because it featured the trademark Lincoln spare-tire hump in the trunk lid and it was sold and serviced at Lincoln dealerships. Many of the mechanical components were courtesy of Lincoln such as the drivetrain. The Continental Division lasted until 1957 when it was merged with Lincoln and the Continental Mark II was added as Lincoln's flagship model. The name 'Continental' would stay with the Mark line until the introduction of the Mark VII in 1984.

There never was a model designated as a Lincoln or Continental Mark I.

The Continental Mark II had an understated beauty; it was elegant without the need to be flamboyant. Unlike the flashy American style of the time, it was very tasteful in its design. It did not use chrome, two-tone paint, or sharp styling cues to accentuate its beauty. At the front was an egg-crate style grille and straight fenders. The hood was long and curvy, perfect for concealing the 6-liter engine. Mounted on the hood and in the back was the four-pointed star that later became Lincoln's emblem. The Lincoln 368 cubic-inch V8 was matted to a Lincoln three-speed automatic transmission. The back had the signature Lincoln spare-tire hidden in the trunk lid. Though sharing many similarities with the Thunderbird, these were completely different machines. The Continentals were mostly hand made; the paint was applied multiple times and then sanded, double-lacquered, and polished.

These rolling works of art were very costly. The $10,000 sticker price was equivalent to a Rolls-Royce. Top-of-the-line American luxury brands, such as Cadillac, were selling for around $5000. Even at these high prices, Ford still lost an estimated $1,000 per car. At the time Ford was a private company and was willing to incur these losses but when Ford became a public company, losses were not permitted. A stock Mark II was $10,000 in 1956. Derham and Hess & Eisenhardt both estimated a convertible conversion to cost $18,000 to custom build. That's why there were so few Mark II convertibles.

The Continental was sold to the rich and famous. Anyone who could afford the cost was welcome. Famous buyers included Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Spike Jones, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry J. Kaiser, Howard Johnson, the Shah of Iran, and many other celebrities owned them.

The Continental Mark II was debuted to the public at the Paris Motor Show in 1955. During the close of 1955, around 1300 Mark II's were sold. For the entire 1956 model year, another 1300 were sold. In 1957, around 450 were produced for a total of just over 3000. Around 1500 still exist in modern time. Only three convertibles were created.

Mark III
The Lincoln Continental Mark III was produced from 1969 through 1971. Actually, in 1958 the Continental Division of Ford tried to produce the Continental Mark III but sales and production never really materialized. The onset of the 1958 recession accelerated the demise of the Continental Division.

The 1969 Mark III was introduced in 1968 as a 1969 Model year. It was positioned to compete with Cadillac's Eldorado. The Mark III was, in many ways, a luxury version of the Ford Thunderbird. The Mark III and Thunderbird shared many mechanical components; their styling was similar and both were built at Ford's Wixom, Michigan plant. The engine was a Ford 429 enlarged to 460 cubic-inches.

In the back was the signature spare-tire bulge, though no spare-tire was housed in this enclosure. The design was rectangular and smooth. It was taller, larger, 300 pounds heavier, more powerful and luxurious than the Thunderbird. Power brakes, steering, windows, headlamps and front seats were all standard. Vinyl with cloth inserts was standard with leather being optional. The door trim panels and instrument panels were either rosewood or oak, depending on the interior color chosen.

The vinyl roof was popular, even though it was optional. Other options included a variety of radios, 8-track tape players, and air conditioning. Both front seats were power adjustable, but for an additional cost additional power adjustments could be installed. An automatic headlamp dimmer could be ordered, meaning that it would dim automatically for oncoming cars. Anti-lock brakes, cruise control, and a limited slip differential were available for an additional cost.

In its introductory year, nearly 31,000 examples were produced. Though the Eldorado had better slightly stronger sales, this was still a very respectable start for a long and successful series.

In 1970, 21,432 examples were sold. The following year, 27,091 were sold. Even though the best year was in 1968, sales had begun in 1968. Meaning that the sales sold in 1968 and 1969 were counted together.

In 1970 the vinyl roof became standard and the windshield wipers were made recessed. The interior trim was now real wood. A locking steering column was introduced. Radial tires were standard equipment.

1971 was the final production year for the Mark III. Tinted glass, SureTrak anti-lock brakes, and automatic climate-controlled air-conditioning became standard.

Mark IV

In 1972, the Lincoln Continental Mark IV was introduced and would stay in production until 1976. It was similar to its predecessor but grew in both length and width. It still shared a platform with the Thunderbird and in many respects, were similar.

There were few differences of the Mark III and the Mark IV. The Mark IV was slightly rounder, the wheel openings were a little different, and optional opera windows were installed. The grille was longer and a new bumper adorned the front of the vehicle. The popular vinyl roof was now standard. In 1973, a new federally mandated 5 mph bumper was installed.

Under the hood was a 460 cubic-inch Ford 385 Series V8 capable of producing just over 210 SAE horsepower. Power was sent to the wheels courtesy of a C6 3-speed automatic transmission.

Sales were strong for the Mark IV with the lowest production year being in 1975 with 47,145 units sold. 1973 was the strongest year for sales with 69,437. With total sales amounting to 278,559 for the five years of production, the average total sales per year was 55719.

1976 had strong sales partly because of the newly introduced Designer Series. These were special edition Mark IV that were given color, trim and interior choices by famous designers. The designers' signature was placed on the opera windows and a 22 karat gold plated plaque could be found on the instrument panel. The gold plaque could be engraved with the original owners' name.

There were four designer editions offered: Bill Blass Edition, Cartier Edition, Givenchy Edition, and Pucci Edition. The Bill Blass Edition was dark blue with cream accents; the Cartier Edition was dove grey; The Givenchy Edition was aqua blue; and the Pucci Edition was in red and silver.

Mark V
In 1977, In Lincoln Continental Mark V replaced the Mark IV, and would stay in production for only three years, ending in 1979.

In comparison to its predecessor, it was rounder, longer and wider and no longer built on a Ford Thunderbird platform. The engine was downgraded to a Ford 400 cubic-inch small-block engine. The Ford 385 460 cubic-inch was available, except in California, as optional equipment until 1978.

The Continental Mark V was a big and heavy car. It averaged 7 mpg under normal driving conditions and 3.5 mpg under full acceleration. Ford was close to violating the Corporate Average Fuel Economy law so in 1980, a smaller Continental was introduced.

Mark VI
The Lincoln Mark VI was introduced in 1980 and stayed in production until 1983. It was smaller version of its predecessor with minor design revisions. The headlight covers and steering wheel were new. Under the hood was a 5-liter eight-cylinder engine. With the reduced weight and a smaller engine, fuel economy improved.

Mark VII
The Lincoln Continental Mark VII, later just called the Mark VII, was introduced in 1984 and produced until 1991. The Mark VII sat atop the Ford Fox platform, had originally been used for the Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr.

From 1984 through 1985, a special edition Versace Designer Edition could be ordered. A Bill Blass Designer Edition was produced from 1984 through 1992. The Luxury Sport Coupe was produced from 1984 through 1992 while the LSC SE was produced from 1990 through 1992.

The Mark VII continued the ambiance set-forth by its predecessors. Leather seating and all-power options were standard. This included a computer message center, digital instruments, keyless entry and more. The luxury sport coupe (LSC) version after 1986 was did not receive all these amenities.

The ride was smooth thanks in part to a full airbag suspension and electronic ride control system. Power was sent to the wheels courtesy of a four-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood was a 5-liter High Output SEFI or throttle body fuel injected V8 capable of producing nearly 230 horsepower. In 1998 the horsepower was further increased after the throttle body was enlarged and better flowing cylinder heads were adapted.

The Mark VII had electronic 4-channel antilock brakes and composite headlights; the first American vehicle to use these features.

The Mark VIII was the next iteration in the long line of the Mark Series. It was produced from 1993 through 1998. The base 2-door coupe was powered by a 4.6 liter DOHC V8 producing 280 horsepower while the LSC models produced 290 horsepower. The LSC model versions, produced from 1995 to 1996 was the first American vehicle to be equipped with HID headlights. The 1997 through 1998 LSC models continued the HID headlights but with larger housings.

Slow sales resulted in the cancellation of this luxury car series. A Lincoln MK9 Concept was introduced in the early 2000's, but plans of production seem doubtful.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2008
Recent Vehicle Additions

2016 Mazda MX-5 RF Kuro

2016 Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution

2017 GMC HD Carhartt Concept

2016 Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class

2016 Ford Edge Vignale

1938 Maybach SW38
For more information and related vehicles, click here

◾All-New Renault Koleos makes its European debut at Mondial De L'Automobile Paris 2016 ◾D-segment SUV combines muscular style with the elegant refinement of a large saloon ◾Koleos features class-leading interior space and advanced four-wheel drive technology ◾On sale in the UK summer 2017 ◾Launch of Koleos sees Renault offer a crossover in every segment ◾Koleos one of five new production Renault models having their European debut at the Paris Motor Show ◾Renault now has the youngest model ...[Read more...]
◾UK pricing and specification of the new FIAT Professional Fullback announced at the international media launch in Turin ◾FIAT Professional's brand new 'Work Hero' is designed to meet the professional and lifestyle needs of its hard-working owners ◾Versatile, tough and always reliable – the FIAT Fullback takes its name from the key rugby or American football position ◾UK customers can choose between the 2.4 150hp SX, 2.4 180hp LX and the 2.4 180hp LX automatic ◾Prices in the UK start from £2...[Read more...]
The Isuzu D-Max Blade – the flagship model of the multi-award winning pick-up range – is getting a centennial Venetian Red paint finish as part of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary since the company first set up operations in Tokyo, Japan. The glowing red colour scheme will be limited to 100 D-Max Blade pick-up vehicles. The vibrant Venetian Red colour will leave a lasting impression as it takes hints from the same shade of red consistently used by Isuzu throughout the brand's hi...[Read more...]
Automobiles with Exceptional Provenance Highlight Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach Auctions
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 10, 2014) – Gooding & Company, celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions and record-breaking results, will begin its second decade as the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® on August 17 and 18. Gooding & Company is pleased to share a hand selected group of consignments from our Pebble Beach Auctions with exceptional provenance. Exciting entries include an extremely rare 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet with spectacular one...[Read more...]
Maserati Trofeo Mc World Series Returns To Sonoma After Successful Debut Of Ghibli Sedan Over Pebble Beach Weekend
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 21, 2013- Maserati is proud to announce that the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo World Series will make its North American stop for a second year at Sonoma Raceway the weekend of August 21st. Last year, famed actor and accomplished race driver Patrick Dempsey and top stuntman, and Hot Wheels X Games Double Loop World Record holder, Greg Tracy competed in the GranTurismo MC Trofeo to the delight of thousands of fans in attendance. Thanks to the success of last y...[Read more...]

Mark LT
Model L
Town Car

Image Left 1957 Continental Mark II1959 Continental Mark IV Image Right
© 1998-2016. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.