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Segment: Luxury

In 1958 Dwight D.

Eisenhower was in the office, the U.S. launched its first satellite and the Barbie doll was introduced and it was an instant hit. It wasn't the same victory for the Lincoln Continental MkIII that was launched in the same year.

It was a busy year and Lincoln tried its move into the luxury car market, dominated by the Cadillac Eldorado. It was the era with big fins and Lincoln decided to outdo the competition. And it did it in every way. The Continental MKIII was available in a specific color named Presidential Black, it was bigger, heavier, and faster than the Eldorado. Unfortunately, it also consumed more fuel than the Cadillac. On a good day, the big, 5000 lbs (2268 kg) Continental could get 9 mpg (26 l/100 km), but, since the gasoline costed only about 30 cents/gallon, that wasn't a problem.

Inside, the big Continental MKIII had ceiling-mounted air-conditioning vents and other luxurious amenities for that era. But there were a few problems. Lincoln didn't put its name on the car and tried to sell it as a Continental MKIII. It didn't even have a Lincoln badge on the car.

But the real problem was that a financial crisis struck in that year, so the car sales stalled. So, the big Continental MKIII was axed and helped Lincoln to survive. The luxury brand lost USD 1000 for each and every Continental it sold. The car was mostly hand-built.

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LINCOLN Continental 1958 - 1960
  2 gasoline engines
  • 7.0L V8 3AT (315 HP)
  • 7.0L V8 3AT (350 HP)
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LINCOLN Continental 7.0L V8 3AT (315 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0L V8 3AT (315 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7044 cm3
Power
234.9 KW @ 4100 RPM
319.4 HP @ 4100 RPM
315 BHP @ 4100 RPM
Torque
465 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
631 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
119 mph (192 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
9.50 - 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
227.1 in (5768 mm)
Width
80.1 in (2035 mm)
Height
56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/61 in (1,549/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
131 in (3327 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.2 cuFT (487 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.55
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
5174 lbs (2347 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
9 mpg US (26.1 L/100Km)
Highway
14 mpg US (16.8 L/100Km)
Combined
11.5 mpg US (20.5 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 7.0L V8 3AT (350 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0L V8 3AT (350 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7044 cm3
Power
261 KW @ 4400 RPM
354.9 HP @ 4400 RPM
350 BHP @ 4400 RPM
Torque
490 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
664 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
9.50 - 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
227.1 in (5768 mm)
Width
80.1 in (2035 mm)
Height
56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track
61/61 in (1,549/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
131 in (3327 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.2 cuFT (487 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.55
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
5174 lbs (2347 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
9.1 mpg US (25.8 L/100Km)
Highway
14 mpg US (16.8 L/100Km)
Combined
11 mpg US (21.4 L/100Km)
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