1957 Lincoln Continental Premier Two-door Coupe
Chassis no. 57WA25507L
The 1957 Lincoln continued the same formula as 1956 sleek and futuristic, inspired by dream cars. Contrasting with the understated Continental Mark II, it was hard to believe they were from the same fraternity. Two new changes for the 1957 Premiere that one could not help but notice were the soaring fins and the headlamps. The knife-edged fins were a sharp contrast from 1956's elegant rear fenders, yet it did not look like an afterthought. Up front, standard "Quadra-Lite" headlamps were an industry first (along with the 1957 Nash) and, like the fins, they seemed like they were born on the car and not just tacked on.
"No other car is so Lincoln long...Lincoln low...and Lincoln lovely!" proclaimed a period 1957 advertisement headline. "As a new concept of styling, it will shape fine car design for years to come." Missing from the copy was how Lincoln continued to use a smooth 368ci V-8 that, through the magic of technology, gained 15 horsepower for a total of 300. In other power news, power windows, steering, seats, and brakes were standard, as would be expected for a luxury brand in 1957. Like 1956, the '57 Premiere's dashboard was padded, with a deep-dish steering wheel and reinforced door latches adding to the car's safety checklist quite unusual for 1957.
This two-tone 1957 Lincoln Premiere two-door hardtop received a repaint around five years ago in addition to fresh chrome plating and a new interior. The overall mechanical condition is excellent. A difficult-to-find jack and spare tire are included. When purchased by the vendor in 2007, the odometer registered 51,159 miles, and only eight miles have been put on the clock since then.
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