The Lincoln Premiere was produced from 1956 through 1960. It was an exclusive, luxury car that was positioned below the company's Continental Mark II during 1956-1957 and above the Capri. Body styles included a convertible, a 2-door hardtop coupe, and a sedan, all having room for six passengers.

For 1956, both the 2-door and sedan had similar production figures with around 19,500 examples each. The convertible was much rare, with just 2,447 examples built. The Premiere hardtop won an award from the Industrial Designers Institute for excellence in automotive design.

The Premiere, like all Ford Motor Co. products for 1956, were fitted with a plethora of safety features including improved door latches, deep-dish steering wheel, and heavily padded seatbacks and door panels. An optional factory air conditioning system was available which ran through overhead ducts in similar fashion to an aircraft. The cool air was directed to the roof via a pair of clear plastic ducts visible through the rear window located at each side, connecting upward from the rear package tray.

Standard equipment included four-way power front seats and power windows. Power was from a 368 cubic-inch Lincoln Y-Block V8 engine.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

Vehicle Profiles

Convertible

The 1956 Lincolns were new - really new. Though ads proclaimed them 'unmistakably Lincoln,' there were scarcely a trace of the trim 55s. Wheelbase grew three inches, overall length seven inches, width three inches. Styling, partly previewed by the....[continue reading]

Convertible

Chassis Num: 56LA8904L

In 1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible was brought to the Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $100,000-$150,000. It was offered without reserve. It is powered by a V8 engine with a four-b....[continue reading]

Convertible

Chassis Num: 56LA10263L

Historically, competition has been one of the biggest factors in inspiring change. For Lincoln, their model-line had become very dated by the mid-1950s and the Ford Motor Company realized that change was needed in order to compete with other luxury ....[continue reading]

Convertible

In 1956, Reporters called the Lincoln Premiere the most beautiful car in the world. It was based on a dream car prototype and only 2,447 examples were ever produced. ....[continue reading]

Sedan

Chassis Num: 56WA35376L

This 1956 Lincoln Premiere Sedan has approximately 47,000 miles. It is painted in light blue, accented by nice brightwork and trim, as well as painted steel wheels, full wheel covers and period style wide whitewall tires. The interior has multi-ton....[continue reading]

Convertible

Chassis Num: 56LA9137L

The 'all new for 1956' Premier was genuinely that, 'all new', with little brought along from the previous year. Ford Motor Company's Lincoln-Mercury 'luxury' Division offered 2- and 4-door versions, both with six seats, pulled along by a big 386 cubi....[continue reading]

Convertible

Chassis Num: 56WA25507L

This 1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible was given a meticulous restoration in 1993 and won a National First Prize from the Antique Automobile Club of America in 1994. It is finished in Presidential black and the interior is black-and-white genuine lea....[continue reading]

Convertible

Chassis Num: 56WA43818

This Lincoln Premiere Convertible is painted in Wisteria which is a factory original color. The inside is white and there is a white vinyl convertible top. The car was painstakingly restored in prior long-term owners to 'better-than-new' condition. T....[continue reading]

Convertible

Regarded as one of the finest executions of mid-century design, the all-new-for-1956 Lincoln Premiere line drew styling cues from the Futura and XM-800 concept cars. Ads touted it as 'the longest, lowest, most powerful Lincoln of all time.' Its long ....[continue reading]

Convertible

This was originally a California car. It was acquired by the current owners in 1987 and restored in Cleveland, Ohio, between 1994 and 1996 in Amethyst with a white top. It has been shown in numerous AACA events and won Junior, Senior and Grand Nation....[continue reading]

Convertible

This Lincoln Premier Convertible is one of 2,447 examples made in 1956. It is finished in Taos Turquoise and is spent many decades in the San Francisco Bay area. It was given a cosmetic restoration in the late 1980s and was then featured on the cover....[continue reading]

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Convertible
Chassis #: 56LA8904L 
Convertible
Chassis #: 56LA10263L 
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Sedan
Chassis #: 56WA35376L 
Convertible
Chassis #: 56LA9137L 
Convertible
Chassis #: 56WA25507L 
Convertible
Chassis #: 56WA43818 
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History

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.

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