1957 Lincoln Premiere / Specs, Photos, More

The 1957 Lincoln Premiere Four Door was a luxury car produced by the Lincoln-Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company. The first generation of the Lincoln Premiere was produced for the 1956 and 1957 model years.

The Premiere is known to have been inspired by Ford's 1955 Futura Show. The Lincoln brand gained more fame when years later the Hollywood "Batmobile" was designed from a Lincoln Futura concept car. The concept car had a plexiglass canopy and jet fighter type styling which had everything you needed for an into the future Batmobile.

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1957 Lincoln Premiere grille and quad headlights

Lincoln came out for the 1956 model year with all new models. These cars were lower, longer and wider which was the hallmark look of the 1950's. Lincoln also changed their lineup hierarchy making the Capri the entry level Lincoln and making the new Premiere their top of the line Lincoln model.

The Lincoln Premiere was available as a hard top coupe, a four door hard top, and a convertible.

Styling Changes for the 1957 Lincoln Premiere

Styling changed for the 1957 model year, notably with big blade like rear fins, four headlights instead of two, more chrome trim and an engine with more horsepower. As a side note it was said that Lincoln management actually wanted these new tail fins to be two inches higher but designers nixed the idea. The tail fins were already among the biggest in 1957. Tail fins were a trademark of many car models during the late 1950's but in regards to Lincoln it was only in 1957 that their cars had what one might call true fins.

1957 lincoln premiere specificationsThe “Quadra-Lite” headlight setup used regular 7-inch headlights with 5-inch “road lamps” underneath turned on and off by a separate switch.

Since a true quad headlight configuration could be illegal in some states, the separate switch took care of that issue. Lincoln claimed that the 1957 Premiere was the first car with quad headlights, and had TV personality Ed Sullivan promote the cars. The Lincoln Premiere also featured four way power seats as standard equipment.

Lincoln Premiere sales for 1956 was strong. For 1957, Lincoln wanted to keep the sales high but felt changes needed to be made because of it's competition. Lincoln  believed it was essential to compete with the all new Forward Look from Chrysler. At the same time it should be noted that Lincoln used the same body shell from 1956.

New safety features on the 57 Premiere included a padded dash and a deep dish steering wheel in addition to more durable door latches.

1957 Lincoln Premiere Specifications

One engine was available for the 1957 Lincoln Premiere. This was a 368 cubic inch V-8 delivering 300 horsepower, up from the 285 HP of the 56 model.

Transmission was a Turbo-Drive three speed automatic.

Brakes were four wheel hydraulic drum.

Front suspension was independent coil springs with a stabilizer bar. Rear suspension

The wheelbase for both model years, 56 and 57, was 126.0 inches, three inches longer than the 1955 model, and for 1957 the overall length was increased almost two inches to 224.6. Width of the 1957 Premiere was 80.3 inches and height was 60.2 inches. Both slightly larger than the 56 models. Curb weight averaged about 4,700 lbs. The 1957 entry level Capri had the same dimensions as the 57 Premiere and most might say it looked extremely similar.

The Lincoln Premiere production numbers totaled 41,531 vehicles for the 1956 model year and 35,225 for 1957.

New car price for the 1957 Lincoln Premiere averaged about $5,000.

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Blade like large tail fins

Lincoln Collector Cars

There is a very active collector club named the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club. One feature for members worldwide is a bulletin board. It is named The Lincoln & Continental Corner where members can post information about their cars and exchange technical information. It will also include Wanted and For Sale sections where LCOC members (only) can advertise for wanted items and list their cars and parts for the world to see. If you're already and owner or are considering becoming one, this is a must see site. You'll also find dates for National Meets on this site. See www.lcoc.org.

The rarest 1957 Lincoln Premiere model is the convertible with only 3,665 produced. It's a rare automobile today. Current values for the 1957 convertible are around $50,000-$60,000 plus or minus depending on restoration and originality. The hardtop coupe may be $18,000 to $30,000 and the sedan values are perhaps slightly below those numbers.

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1950 Lincoln Sport Sedan / Specs, Model History

The automobile featured in this article is a great looking restored 1950 Lincoln Four Door Sport Sedan. The 1950 Lincoln model year offered two basic models. These were the Standard Lincoln known as "The Baby Lincoln" and the "Cosmopolitan". A side note is that for the 1949 to 1951 model years Lincoln shared it's basic body style with the Mercury. What was quite different with Lincoln were their sunken headlights. Sunken headlamps was a Lincoln exclusive!

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1950 Lincoln Four Door Sport Sedan

Lincoln Founded in 1908

Lincoln, which would become a major competitor to luxury brands such as Cadillac, Duesenberg, Pierce Arrow and others, was founded in 1917 by Henry M. Leland who had previously been with Cadillac Motors. Ford acquired Lincoln out of receivership in 1923.

The Lincoln and the Continental

The Continental automobile produced by Ford was originally a one-off vehicle. Commissioned in 1938 by Edsel Ford, the Continental was to be used as his personal vehicle. This first Continental was introduced in 1939. With a long, elegant hood covering a powerful but relatively quiet V12, the 1940 Continental looked so modern to noted modern architect Frank Lloyd Wright that he decided to purchase two of them.

Continental itself was a separate division of the Ford Motor Company for a very brief time covering 1956-57. After that time it was marketed as the ultimate Lincoln which was Ford's luxury car to go against GM's Cadillac. All in all, the Continental as a part of Lincoln was produced for 49 years, from 1939 to 1948 with the exception of the war years and from 1958 to 2002 except for the 1981 model year.

As a side note, it's interesting that the 1956 Continental (now it's own Ford Division) sold new for about $90,000 which at that time made it the world's most expensive car. Ford sold their Customline series car for about $2,000. Quite a wide range of offerings from Ford that year.

The Lincoln Models

Models for the 1949 Lincoln and Cosmopolitan included a Convertible, a 2 door Sedan and the 4 door Sport Sedan.

In 1950 & 1951, the Convertible was only available as a Cosmopolitan since the Mercury Convertible had sold extremely well in 1949, while the 2 door Coupe and the 4 door Sedan was available in both series. As a side note, the 1950 custom Lincoln Cosmopolitan 7-passenger limousine was one of nineteen vehicles made for President Harry Truman and the White House. These convertibles had retractable running boards The Lincoln Cosmopolitan Limousines had a 145.0 inch wheelbase.

There were also two limited edition models for 1951, the Lido and the Cosmo Capri. Only about 3,000 of these models were produced each year over the two year run. Because of such low production the cars are quite popular among collectors.

One change for the Lincoln 1950 models was a new dashboard. A major new option for 1950 was a Hydra-Matic transmission purchased from competitor GM.  This transmission would become standard in 1952.

1950 Lincoln Sport Sedan Specifications

The 1950 Lincoln Sedan came with a 337 Cubic Inch Flathead V-8 delivering 152 horsepower.

1950 lincoln specificationsAt first only a Three speed manual transmission with optional overdrive was available. As mentioned above, later in the model year a Four Speed Hydra-Matic was available as an option. An interesting note about the Hydra-Matic is that one million of these transmissions had been sold by 1949. In the early 1950s various manufacturers that did not have the resources to develop an their own automatic transmission actually bought Hydra-Matics from GM. This included Lincoln.

The Standard Lincoln had a 121.0 inch wheelbase and the Cosmopolitan model a 125.0 inch wheelbase.

New car price for the 1950 Lincoln was about $2,800. Lincoln production numbers for 1950 were about 28,150 units, down from 1949 totals.

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The Lincoln Collector Cars

All Lincoln automobiles from this era make good collector cars. For one thing, the production numbers for Lincoln were not near to what mainstream less expensive vehicles were. Lincoln’s history is filled with highly-sought after American-made luxury classics.

Current high end values for the 1`950 Lincoln Four Door Sports Sedan is in the $33,000 to $36,000 range. This is of course for an excellently restored vehicle inside and out with highly original parts.

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See this 1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet V-12

The 1948 Lincoln Continental was a luxury car built by the Lincoln Division of the Ford Motor Company. The Lincoln Continental brand of automobile has always been thought of as the top of the line in luxury and prestige. This automobile of course did compete directly against General Motor's Cadillac and Chrysler's Imperial. The first Lincoln Continental introduced to the public in 1940 was available as a coupe and cabriolet.

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1948 Lincoln Continental Mark I

As the story goes, the first Lincoln Continental was a one-off build expressly for Edsel Ford and to be used for an upcoming vacation. With that being said, most auto historians believe that this car was planned all along to go into general production which it did. The basis for the design was taken from the Lincoln Zephyr blueprints with some changes. Design credit went to Bob Gregorie, head stylist at the Ford Motor Company.

The automobile featured in this article is a 1948 Lincoln Continental Mark I Cabriolet V-12. This car is from the first generation of Lincoln Continentals which were produced from 1939-1948. These cars were considered some of the very best built in their era. To own one was expensive but to their buyers it was an investment in luxury transportation. Two important things to note about the 1948 Lincoln Continental are that this was the last year for the Lincoln V-12 engine and the Continental model itself would not be seen again until the 1956 model year. In 1956 the automobile would be named the Continental Mark II.

lincoln continental mark ILincoln Continental Early Years and the War

The models from 1939 through 1941 were generally of the same design with few changes. The 1942 Lincoln Continental did receive design changes which largely consisted of squared fenders and a new grille. The 42 models of course had a limited production run because of the U.S. entrance into World War Two. All civilian auto manufacturing was suspended in February of 1942. The Lincoln Continental would not be seen again until the 1946 model was introduced. It took until the 1947 model year for production to return to more normal levels.

The Lincoln Zephyr V-12

Our 1948 Lincoln Continental was powered by a 306 cubic inch Lincoln Zephyr V-12. This engine actually was used for about one month for the 1942 model before production was cut off. The engine was reintroduced for a short time beginning with the 1946 model year but was changed to a 292 cubic inch version during that production run. The 306 versions were having problems with too thin cylinder walls. The 292's would be used from that point up through the 1948 Lincoln Continental models.

1948 Lincoln Continental Specifications

As mentioned above, the 1948 Lincoln Continental was built with a Lincoln 292 V-12 L-Head engine. Horsepower was rated at 125.

Available transmission was a three speed manual with overdrive and a three speed automatic.

lincoln continental mark iDimensions for this model included a wheelbase of 125.0 inches, an overall length of 219.6 inches, a width of 77.8 inches and a height of 63.0 inches. Curb weight came in at 4,320 lbs.

Total 1948 Lincoln production was 43,950 vehicles. Out of that number there were 1,300 Mark I Continental's produced and out of that number there were only 452 convertible Continental models built.

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Vintage Lincoln Continentals and Lincoln Zephyrs are both popular collector cars. Lincoln Continentals are designated as Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America which helps keep their collector value up.

48 lincolnThere are car clubs for Lincoln Continental enthusiasts including the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club. For those taking on the challenge of restoring one of these vintage models, parts are not necessarily hard to find. The older the model the more difficult it may be but there are several outlets found on the internet.

As of this writing, values for the 1948 Lincoln Continental Mark I are reasonably solid. With all things being equal, the convertibles are priced much above the coupes. Collector car prices at this time have the mint condition cabriolets valued at a range of about $85,000 to $110,000. Values for daily drivers with visible flaws might be priced in the $30,000 to $40,000 range. 1948 Lincoln Continental Coupes in like condition are valued at roughly 60 percent of that of the cabriolets.

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