1957 Lincoln Premiere news, pictures, specifications, and information
The 1957 Lincoln was an updated version of the all-new 1956 model, which itself was inspired by Ford's 1955 Futura show car.
For 1957, Lincoln sprouted blade-like rear fins and a novel Quadra-like headlamp system that featured regular lights plus smaller 'road' lights operated via a separate switch. The Quadra-Like system was Lincoln's response to several state legislatures which were threatening in 1956 to block the industry-wide adoption of quad headlamp systems.
The 1957 Lincoln Premiere featured a 368 cubic-inch, 300 horsepower V8. Standard safety features included a new padded dash, 'deep-dish' steering wheel and reinforced door latches. Safety belts were optional.
This Premiere Convertible is one of 3,675 built. It features the 'Multi-Luber' option, which allowed the driver to lubricate the front suspension at the touch of a button on the dashboard.
The 1956 Lincoln Premiere was inspired by Ford's 1955 Futura Show Car, and the 1957 model was a flamboyant restyling of the 1956. Years later, the car was made famous when George Barris transformed it into the 'Batmobile.'
Part of the 1957 re-styling included blade-like rear fins and a Quadra-Lite headlamp system that had regular lights plus smaller 'road' lights operated via a separate switch. This new system was Lincoln's response to several state legislatures who had been threatening in 1956 to block the industry-wide adoption of quad headlamp arrangements.
Power for the 1957 Premiere was a 368 cubic-inch, 300 horsepower V8 engine. Standard features included a new padded dash, reinforced door latches, and a 'deep-dish' steering wheel. Optional equipment included a 'Multi-Luber' system which allowed the driver to lubricate the front suspension by merely touching a button on the dashboard.
This Premiere hardtop coupe is one of 15,185 examples built in 1957. It was given a full frame-off restoration that was completed in 1993.By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
Sold for $14,040 at 2011 Bonhams
For 1957, the Lincoln Premier was given soaring fins and new headlamps. The knife-edged fins were a sharp contrast from the 1956's elegant rear fenders. In the front were standard 'Quadra-Lite' headlamps and an industry first (along with the 1957 Nash).
This 1957 Lincoln Continental premier Two-Door Coupe was given a re-paint in the mid-2000s. It has its jack and spare tire and the odometer shows just 51,159 miles.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge presented by Bonhams auction. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $14,040 inclusive of buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011
The 1957 Premier was a mildly restyled version of the award-winning 1956 model and featured more prominent fins and quad headlights. In addition to a standard 300 horsepower V-8 engine, all Lincoln Premiers were equipped wîth power seats, power §teering, power brakes, and electric windows. Painted an appropriate shade of pink, this example is equipped wîth an aftermarket air conditioning unit which actress Jayne Mansfield is believed to have had installed soon after taking delivery of the car.
Collection of Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. Gift of the Werts FamilySource - Peterson Museum
Sold for $24,200 at 2014 Barrett-Jackson
Sold for $66,000 at 2016 RM Auctions
1957 was the second year of the all-new body and chassis, however it was given extensive updates in order to remain competitive with Imperial and Cadillac, which were both all-new. Lincoln's most expensive and top-of-the-line model was the Premiere Convertible, priced at $5,381, was $781 more than the prior year. Most of the styling changes were reserved for the rear of the vehicle which received higher fins and flared quarter panels, tail lamps, bumper, and lower back panel applique. In the front, there was a new grille, four-headlight 'Quadra-lite' arrangement, and a revised bumper.
Mechanically, the engine received a higher compression ratio, which increased the horsepower by 15 to 300. A new Carter four-barrel carburetor was employed, and a centrifugal vacuum-advance distributor; throw-away, spin-on oil filter; harder camshaft; self-locking tappet adjustment screws; revised exhaust manifolds; and a Paper-Pak air cleaner were among other advances. The transmission was now water-cooled rather than air-cooled, and a smaller torque converter was added. Power vent windows, electric door locks, and a six-way power seat were added to the options list for the first time.
Mostly due to its cost, the 1957 Lincoln Premiere was an exclusive automobile, with just 3,676 examples sold. This particular example is finished in Fifties-era yellow with a contrasting interior in tan and white with yellow, black, and white door panels and black dash. It has standard power steering, brakes, windows, and seat. There is a 'Turbo-Drive' three-speed automatic transmission, 368 CID OHV 'True-Power' V8, and four-wheel power hydraulic drum brakes.By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2016
A personal luxury coupe that inspired dramatic foresight and vision to the autmobile industry, the Lincoln Premiere was sold in the mid to late 1950's. Designed by a company synonmous with design, comfort and luxury, the arrival of the Premier prompted impulse for futuristic designs. Power steering, power brakes, power windows, wraparound windshields, tubeless tires and automatic seats all began with the Lincoln Premier.
During the 1920's Lincoln distinguished itself as the premier American luxury automobile and marketed to an elite market with high expectations. Luxury and prestige were standard in all vehicles. During the war years of the 1940's, Lincoln facilities aided Ford in the production of tank engines, bodies for amphibious vehicles and over 140,000 jeep bodies. Vehicle designs in the years following the war were restyled versions of pre-war cars much like most American cars.
The 1950s were bringing many dramatic changes to Lincoln, with the elemental design of the Lincoln Premier leading it. New advancements were occurring throughout the automobile industry thus prompting Lincoln's chief stylist to start thinking of ideas for the future.
Sold by Ford's Luxury division, the vehicle featured a 6.0L V8 and approximately 223.01' (5664mm) in length. Weighing 4357 lbs (1976.3 kg) the Premier embodied the luxury standard to it's creators. In 1956 the Premier cost approximately $4,600 which bore the equivalent of roughly $31,730 in American dollars.By Jessica Donaldson
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