The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 216
1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III Convertible
$64,900 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
350 hp, 430 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, wishbones, and a live rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulically-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 131 in.
The all-new unibody Continental Mark III was introduced in 1958, and at the time, it was the largest post-war American car ever built. Despite its massive size, the Mark III was beautifully proportioned. With newly-styled bodywork, the car featured bullet-shaped moldings and additional trim that both lowered and lengthened the car’s appearance. Mechanically, the Continental Mark III experienced a major boost in power over its predecessor, with a new 430-cubic inch base engine rated at an impressive 350 brake horsepower.
The new Mark III was bigger and more expensive than the comparable Cadillac, resulting in low sales of only 3,048 units, which has made the convertible particularly beloved among collectors today. There is no doubt that the mammoth Lincoln makes a bold statement about the company and the times, and observers today love the cars precisely because they are so outrageous.
The 1958 Continental Mark III Convertible presented here was beautifully restored to 100-point concours condition nearly a decade ago. It has since been very carefully driven, approximately 250 miles, to maintain the mechanical integrity. As the subject of a ground up nut-and-bolt restoration, this convertible is finished in Matador Red with a tri-tone leather interior. It is equipped with a parade boot, power steering, power brakes, a power top, electric windows, remote mirrors, a day/night rearview mirror, a power seat, and a Town and Country radio with power antennae. Every piece of this car is just breathtaking, and few others even come close to this car. Records indicate that following the restoration, it received a First Place National Award from the Lincoln Continental Owners Club. This car made a big impact on the motoring public when new and it makes an even bigger impact today—it is simply exquisite!