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1956-1957 Lincoln


The 1956-1957 Lincoln Premiere was Lincoln's new premium series in these years, relegating Capri to second-class status. The all-new design featured a longer, lower, wider, and heavier body typical of the '50s, a revised chassis on a three-inch-longer wheelbase, and a brand-new "True-Power" V-8 with 285 horses.

Styling was right up to date, inspired by the Futura show car: peaked headlamps, partially covered rear wheel openings, wrapped windshield, and a long rear deck tapering to give the straight-through rear fenders a hint of fins.

The 1957 facelift brought stacked quad headlamps, much more prominent fins, and the addition of a four-door hardtop called Landau. A short-lived design, it was replaced by even larger, unit construction models for 1958.

Pluses of the 1956-1957 Lincoln Premiere:

  • Large and luxurious
  • Ample power

Minuses of the 1956-1957 Lincoln Premiere:

  • Thirsty
  • Vague, imprecise handling
  • Considerable rust threat

Production of the 1956-1957 Lincoln Premiere:

  • 1956: 2d htp 19,619; 4d sdn 19,465; conv 2,447
  • 1957: 2d htp 15,185; 4d sdn 5,139; conv 3,676; Landau 4d htp 11,223

Specifications of the 1956-1957 Lincoln Premiere:
Wheelbase, inches: 126.0
Length, inches: 222.8 (1956), 224.6 (1957)
Weight, pounds: 4,347-4,676
Price, new: $4,601-$5,381

Engines for the 1956-1957 Lincoln Premiere:

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohv V-8368 cid 285/300
1956-1957

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