1958-1960 Lincoln Premiere


1958 Lincoln Premiere hardtop sedan, part of the 1958-1960 Lincoln Premiere line of collectible cars
1958 Lincoln Premiere hardtop sedan

The 1958-1960 Lincoln Premiere was the completely redesigned standard Lincoln. Again, it was priced higher than the Capri, but less than the new companion Continental Marks Ill, IV, and V of these years.

It was about six inches longer and several hundred pounds heavier, which made the new 430-cid big-block "MEL" V-8 a must. Output was progressively reduced, however, in the quest for whatever mileage improvement was possible in these giants.

Styling was marked by quad headlights in slanted recesses flanking an enormous grille and huge bumpers front and rear. Convertibles were sent over to the new Continental Mark III companion line, which shared the standard Lincoln's unit body/chassis construction and basic appearance.

A minor facelift was ordained for '59, and a more thorough redo -- including a reworked greenhouse -- was accomplished for '60.

Collector opinion is very divided on these cars. Some find them hideous, overly complex, and wallowy, while others think they're just the thing for long-haul cruising in '50s-style comfort.

Low sales and less of the "more is better" attitude generally in Detroit led to an all-new downsized Lincoln line for '61.

Pluses of the 1958-1960 Lincoln Premiere:

  • Large and luxurious
  • Ample power

Minuses of the 1958-1960 Lincoln Premiere:

  • Thirsty
  • Vague, imprecise handling
  • Considerable rust threat
  • Heavier (with expected consequences for mileage and roadability)
  • Controversial styling
  • Not that much different from concurrent Continentals

Production of the 1958-1960 Lincoln Premiere:

  • 1958: 2d htp 3,043; 4d sdn 1,660; Landau 4d htp 5,572
  • 1959: 2d htp 1,963; 4d sdn 1,282; Landau 4d htp 4,606
  • 1960: 2d htp 1,364; 4d sdn 1,010; Landau 4d htp 4,200

Specifications of the 1958-1960 Lincoln Premiere:
Wheelbase, inches: 131.0
Length, inches: 229.0 (1958), 227.2 (1959-1960)
Weight, pounds: 4,798-5,064Price, new: $5,318-$5,945

Engines for the 1958-1960 Lincoln Premiere:

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohv V-8430 cid 315-375

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