After the Continental Mark II was discontinued, a new generation of the brand appeared for 1958. These were the first Continentals produced at the new Wixom plant, and the first made on a unibody platform since the original Continental. Though this edition is known as the “Mark III,” the first models bore the nameplate “Continental III” on the front fender.
While advertising brochures made the case that Continental was still a separate make, the car shared its body with that year’s Lincoln. They differed from the lower-model full-size Lincolns in trim level and in their roof treatment, featuring a reverse-angle power rear “breezeway” window that retracted down behind the back seat. Hand assembly was gone, allowing for lower prices. Even so, Lincoln lost over sixty million dollars over 1958-1960, partly reflecting the enormous expense of developing what is perhaps the largest unibody car ever made. In addition there was the fact that that year’s full-size Lincoln sold poorly in all models; 1958 was a recession year in the U.S. But in spite of that, the Continental Mark III recorded much better sales than the Mark II.
The new Lincoln was one of the largest cars ever made, larger than that year’s Cadillac, and with their canted headlights and scalloped fenders had styling considered by many to be excessive even in that decade of styling excess. They were the longest and widest Lincolns ever produced without federally mandated 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumpers. The 63.1 inches (1,603 mm) front and 63.0 inches (1,600 mm) rear shoulder room they possessed set a record for Lincoln that still stands to this day; while the 44.0 inches (1,118 mm) front and 44.9 inches (1,140 mm) rear leg room make it one of the roomiest vehicles ever produced. Furthermore, the 1959-60 Continental Limousine and Town Car are the heaviest American sedans without an extended wheelbase built since WW II, and the 1958 Continental convertible is the longest American convertible ever produced.
It is interesting to note that a price of $6,800 in 1958 (about three times the price of an average Chevy or Dodge) it is no wonder that these advanced unit-body designs with distinctive styling were a favorite for the rich and famous (including Elvis). The 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III was equipped with the speedy 430-cu.in. V-8 with a 4.30 x 3.70 inch bore and stroke and a 10.5:1 compression ratio. With its four-barrel
carburetor, the V-8 made 375 hp at 4,800 RPM and 490-lbs.ft. of torque at 3,100 RPM. 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III are great performers and at close to 2.5 tons of weight to pull that is impressive. Road&Track recorded 0-60 MPH runs in 8.7 seconds and a 116 MPH top speed.
This car has been well cared for and was owned by one owner for nearly three decades. It has always shown very well and earned an impressive 94.5 points before undergoing a serious restoration in 2010. This car proved its mettle again by earning 97 ½ points in 2013. However, maybe the most striking asset on this car is its striking Rosemetal Metallic paint #26 that was a special order. This car has the original factory brochure that confirms that Rosemetal Metallic was special order.
This car has two original build sheets!
- AM Radio
- Convertible top, White
- Factory Clock
- Leather Interior
- Power Antenna
- Power Brakes
- Power Rear Windows
- Power Seat
- Power Steering
- Power Top
- Power Windows
- Windshield Washer