Pick of the Day: 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Lincoln was once squarely aiming at Bentley and Rolls-Royce by producing an exclusive, hand-built, two-door hardtop luxury car. Just two years later, those aspirations were scaled back to be more in line with models from Cadillac and Imperial. Today’s feature car is from Lincoln’s loftiest years.

The Pick of the Day is a 1957 Lincoln Continental listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Los Alamos, California. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This car reflects the upkeep, protection, and loving care it has had in my possession for the past 30 years,” the listing begins. “I have driven it approximately three days a week.”

The Continental line has spanned a wide range of segments, but it has almost always catered to the luxury marketplace. Unlike some other models, its production has not been continuous: In fact, there have been several gaps in model years since the nameplate was first introduced in 1940.

This Mark II comes from the second generation (thus the name) which launched in 1956. The hand-built model was positioned so far upscale that its price tag at the time (at around $10,000) was the highest of any domestic manufacturer. Standard amenities from the factory were extensive, so the only available option was a $595 air conditioning system (which today’s feature car has). This generation of Continental was only offered in a two-door hardtop body style.

The seller states that the car is “strictly stock,” except for a modern radio and an alternator which replaces the factory generator. The condition of the car looks exceptional in the photos that accompany the listing, but the seller acknowledges that this is not a trailer queen. “It has always been garaged,” the listing says. “It has always been a California car and bears the original plates.”

Power for the ’57 Continental came from a 368cid Y-block V8, and the seller says that everything works including the air conditioning system. The seller is willing to provide contact information for the mechanic who has serviced the car for the last three decades.

While Lincoln’s attempt at going after the ultra-high-end British brands was short-lived, the engineers did learn a thing or two about building luxury cars, and those learnings fed into building the scaled back version of the Continental in 1958-onward.

The seller is asking $49,500 for this very posh Continental.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.