1957 Lincoln Continental Mark III69,900 USD - Asking Price

1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II Hardtop Sedan

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Beautifully kept Mark II surviving from original long term, rust free California ownership! Listed in Mark II Registry as one of only nine 1957 examples finished in this stunning color combination of Medium Gray Metallic over Two-tone Gray interior! Updated 1957 models offered refinements to the engine for extra power & torque! A splendid car factory appointed with air conditioning, and showing just 68,000 miles! A very rare buy! The Lincoln Automobile Company had made great strides to identify itself as a premiere, luxury brand all through the 1920's and 1930's. After World War II, most manufacturers eagerly pursued new innovations and designs to regain the vast market share of a booming American economy. As the 1950's era rolled in, also did automobiles with sleeker body lines, more powerful engines, electronic accessories, and much larger price tags. With Cadillac arguably being the front runner on luxury car lists, Lincoln set forth to outdo the impressive top-of-the-line Eldorado with a complete redesign utilizing their luxury Continental division. They featured terrific "long & low" body aesthetics, with build qualities second to none! During production, all body panels were fully test fitted and perfected before being painted with a superb lacquer finish. Only the best materials available would be selected to adorn the interior, along with fully featured power accessories. Each car would have to pass through 14 quality control stations during assembly, with each one road tested before delivery. The only available option would be factory fitted, trunk-mounted air conditioning! Appropriately named the Continental Mark II, just 3,014 units would be produced during a 2-year production run! Of which only 444 units were produced for 1957 before Ford Motor Company would close the Continental Division for obvious cost reasons. Each Mark II carried an astounding price tag of over $10,000 when equipped with air conditioning! With Continental's obsession to make the finest car on the road, it would quickly attract buyers from all around to own such an exclusive automobile. Some of the most famous names owners would include Frank Sinatra, Dwight Eisenhower, Elvis Presley, Howard Johnson, Nelson Rockefeller, among many others! Some late changes to the 1957 production units included a body redesign for air conditioned cars by eliminating the rear quarter panel air intakes to inlet ducts to behind the front grill. The engine increased in compression to 10.0:1 along with a change from the former 390cfm Holley carburetor to a new 408cfm Carter unit offering larger venturi's & an auxiliary spark retard diaphragm. These minor changes added 15 horsepower and 13 ft. lb. of torque! Offered here is a beautiful 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II finished in factory correct Medium Gray Iridescent (22) over Light Gray /Deep Gray Leather seating upholstery with Deep Gray Carpet. Powered by its original 368ci V8 engine producing a stout 300 horsepower/415 lb. ft. of torque through a Turbo-Drive automatic transmission. Features on this rare example include the exclusive, trunk-mounted air conditioning system with ceiling ventilation along with power side & vent windows, power steering, dual servo power brakes, 4-way power front seat, leather wrapped steering wheel, tinted window glass, driver's side outside mirror, wide whitewall Coker Classic radial tires, full wheel covers, working Town & Country signal seeking radio (converted by Aurora Design to FM frequency internally), heat/defrost, passenger vanity mirror, courtesy lights, trunk lamp, working electric clock, and added front & rear seatbelts! This wonderful, late production example sold new from Sierra Lincoln-Mercury to its original owner, Stevens H. Hammond of La Jolla, California. Mr. Hammond was a successful businessman and acting chairman of Whiting Corp., a heavy machinery manufacture, and also the owner of one of California's largest thoroughbred stud farms called Greenacres located in Chino, CA. He would maintain possession for an uncertain number of years, before it would trade hands to another California collector from 1990 through 1998. It would find itself listed in the Continental Mark II registry during their ownership. Fast forward to the year 2009, and this Continental has now made its way out to Haverford, PA to join the collection of Donald Machel. Outside of one repaint to the exterior, the car continues to remain virtually all original with restoration efforts only performed on an as-needed basis. The most recent owner, Jerry Ball of Bullard, Texas, would add it to his beautiful collection in August 2014. His family would come to sell it in May 2020 when it found its way here to the St Louis Car Museum! Upon arrival to the Museum, we performed a very comprehensive inspection and servicing. This included a complete conversion of the air conditioning system to R134a and recharge, engine valve adjustment, fresh engine oil & filter, new Tredel Vac brake master cylinder, new front brake hoses and brake cylinders, new front sway bar bushings & end links, and complete ignition system to include new spark plugs, plug wires, cap, rotor, condenser, and points. It now shows 68,228 miles on the odometer which we believe to be original. For those looking for a prestigious automobile that checks all the boxes in a classic, luxury arena, look no further! This remains as exclusive an automobile today as it did in 1956/1957, perhaps even more so! Especially with a rust free chassis and body! It should be noted that the engine has been repainted sometime in the past to traditional Lincoln blue versus the period correct Continental gold, but retains its original number's matching engine #2867 (see image). Please call to visit more about this Continental, and present an offer. Thanks for looking!
Exterior Color: Medium Gray Metallic
Interior Color: Lt Gray/Dark Gray Leather
Engine: 368ci V8
Transmission: Automatic

Reference Number 620849

as of 8/3/2020

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Stock Number S3582

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Car 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark III
Mileage 68,228 miles 
Transmission Automatic 
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