1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III Convertible

Teddy Pieper ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions

The 1958–60 Lincolns and Lincoln Continentals were the most massive American passenger cars produced since World War II, as they were built on a 131-inch wheelbase and had an overall length of 229 inches. The Mark III convertible tips the scales at an impressive 4,928 pounds, and only 3,048 were produced.

This stunning Mark III Continental received a nut-and-bolt restoration about a dozen years ago and has been driven very little since. The Matador Red paint is complemented by a red, white, and black pleated-leather interior, which is in very good condition. The chrome is very good, and the car is equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows, a power seat, windshield washers, a remote door mirror, a Town and Country signal-seeking radio with a power antenna, a heater and a power top. When retracted, the top is covered by a three-piece fiberglass parade boot in the body color.

The engine compartment is carefully and correctly detailed. It has yellow valve covers and air cleaner and appropriate hardware all around. The restorers have carefully replicated the inspection stamps for each stage of assembly. The undercarriage is all painted black and very clean, while the luggage compartment is finished with the correct pattern of vinyl material. The tires are B.F. Goodrich Silvertown 9.50-14 medium-width whitewalls.

Carl Bomstead

Carl Bomstead - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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