Driver convenience features include power steering, power brakes and power front seats. The first two were scrapped in June 1956, and the third car survives today. Ford longed for the prestige that accompanied the true luxury marque. And just 3,000 sales later, the Continental marque was gone. Continental Division of Ford Motor Company was a stand-alone division, with its own manufacturing facility; in July 1956, Ford closed the division, integrating Continental into Lincoln.
Edsel was Ford Motor president and the son of company founder Henry Ford I. For instance, my guest book rarely gets an entry, and i know by the stat folks and counters and all that other fancy web stuff that there a lot of visitors to my pages, and that i give them an opportunity to sign my guest book on almost every page, but do they? It was loaded with power accessories and other equipment. Initial Sample Inspection To ensure all parts met standards, all inspections were deliberately scheduled earlier than normal to allow the process to slow down to allow for potential rejections to take place. Turbo-Drive 3-speed automatic Dimensions 126. We cannot guarantee the fitness of any components beyond a visual inspection and normal operation of the vehicle.
Information is provided to the best of our knowledge and that of the owners of the vehicles, and we make no warranty or representation regarding the accuracy, truth, suitability, or reliability of such information. Ford fun factoids — 98 percent of 1956 Continentals came with power brakes; 85 percent had power seats; 86 percent had power windows; 94 percent had radios; 99 percent had heaters; and 98 percent had whitewall tires. The chrome on the car is amazingly good. It has every available option, which amounts to tinted glass, a front-mounted license plate, and the ultra-rare air trunk-mounted air conditioner, which is in 100% operational condition. The name Continental was inspired by the 1940s Lincoln Continental powered by a large 12-cylinder engine. Plus, a team of factory service engineers was dispatched throughout the country to personally investigate and remedy any serious or repeat complaints.
It aspired to personify American luxury; to recapture the spirit of the great prewar classics, to be in effect, an American Rolls-Royce. An upright pod ahead of the steering wheel presented four round dials with brushed-finish faces housing complete instrumentation, including tachometer and chronometer. A soft, black convertible top replaces the original steel roof. Next came a surfacer coat with another hand sanding and baking, followed by two lacquer color coats that were oil-sanded by hand, then baked. This is an A-list celebrity ride. Over two years, Lincoln built just 3,000 of these, so they are quite rare.
Each vane on those gorgeous finned wheel covers is individually bolted in place, and it wears newer H78-15 Coker Classic wide whitewalls that make it a pleasure to drive and look authentic. In a notable departure from both American and European styling precedents, neither nor were seen; a swing-away left taillamp hid the fuel cap from view. In 1957, Cadillac entered the into production. You've taken the time to read this small print, take a little more time to sign my book. Only a handful of custom-crafted convertible versions were built by coachmakers, but they were equally stunning. Rolls easily so nothing is binding or frozen up. .
Now an old man, he was still in love with the stark Ford Model T. The Eldorado Brougham only lasted in its original form through 1958 because by then it had helped Cadillac make its point that it was still the top-dog luxury car producer, at least as far as total luxury car sales volume was concerned. Following the withdrawal of the 1939—1948 Lincoln Continental, by the early 1950s, interest in a successor vehicle proved sufficient for Ford Motor Company to commence development on a successor. Few curves were added to the body, with the exception of a body accent line on the fenders and doors. The Continental Division was absorbed by Lincoln-Mercury. It contained top grain leathers, expensive fabrics and thick, luxurious carpeting. This car has to be a parts car or a restomod based on its condition.
A wide swath of the rich and famous in the 1950's owned one, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Spike Jones, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry J. Merely 2,550 were built for 1956 and 444 for 1957. Even the Lincoln-supplied engines were disassembled and the internals were inspected before being hand-balanced and reassembled under blueprinting specifications. Body: Five-place two-door hardtop, steel construction Frame: Y-shape Wheelbase: 126 inches Length: 218. How clever of you to highlight this text just to see what it says!! In-Plant Inspection and Testing Inside the Continental assembly plant, each vehicle went through fourteen major inspection points, where each vehicle was inspected by a team of mechanics before undergoing further assembly.
Production for 1956 and 1957 totaled 2,994 cars. First, the supporting structure and all body panels were fitted on a simulated chassis, then removed. It wasn't slow, but acceleration was average. The wipers, power windows and gauges are inoperable. Central to the interior design was the wraparound windshield mounted 8 inches further rearward than in a Lincoln. Kaiser, Howard Johnson and the Shah of Iran.