Super Size: 1959 Lincoln Premiere Sedan – Sold!
While Cadillac’s tail fins and Imperial’s “Toilet Seat” trunk were among the more outrageous styling elements for 1959, Lincoln’s line of luxury cars were the largest overall that year, as this four Premiere sedan originally listed in June 2020 on Craigslist in Clarence Center, New York (Buffalo) proves. Said to benefit from older restoration, the current caretaker currently his their Premier priced at $10,500. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Lincoln priced $200 above the current #3 “Good” estimate of $10,300.
Ford completely redesigned the Lincoln line for 1958 and did so in a big way: the square and elegant Premiere was one of the largest postwar cars to ever drive on American roads. At 229 inches long, and weighing in at more than 4,800 pounds, the Premiere was available as a hardtop coupe, four-door sedan, and four-door Landau hardtop sedan, and ranged in price from $5,300 to $5,565. These were the first Lincolns produced at the new Wixom plant, and were made on a unibody platform, Lincoln’s first since the Lincoln-Zephyr. While advertising brochures made the case that Continental was still a separate make, the car shared its body with that year’s Lincoln. The Lincoln Premiere was placed between the Lincoln Capri and Continental in trim level, with a traditional roof treatment instead of the Continental’s extravagant reverse-angle power rear “breezeway” window that retracted behind the back seat. Lincoln lost over $60 million during 1958-1960, reflecting the enormous expense of developing the largest unibody car produced to date and poor consumer reception. The 1958 full-size Lincoln sold poorly in all models, compounded by the economic recession in the U.S.
The 1958–60 Lincoln Premiere was truly hulking. One of the largest cars ever made regardless of platform, larger than contemporaneous Cadillac Sixty-Specials or Imperials. With awkwardly canted headlights and heavily scalloped fenders its styling was considered excessive even in a decade overcome with it. They are the longest Lincolns ever produced without federally mandated bumpers. The 63.1 inches front and 63.0 inches rear shoulder room they possessed set a record for Lincoln that still stands to this day.
With patina present on the exterior chrome and on the interior bits, this is a driver-quality late fifties car to enjoy driving. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Really sharp LINCOLN PREMIERE SEDAN. It is an older restoration but with just minimal TLC this already special car can be outstanding. Runs and drives just fine. Well loved and cared for. Take a look at the pictures and give me a call with any questions you may have or set a time for a test drive. George 716-912-4002.“
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