Post Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:47 am

1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible 56WA8817L

368 CID V-8 Engine 4-Barrel Lincoln Carburetor 285 BHP at 4,600 RPM 3-Speed Turbo-Drive Automatic Gearbox 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

The Premiere
In an attempt to match the grandeur of Cadillac, Lincoln’s Premiere Convertible rode a stretched wheelbase and sported an extended trunk that accounted for an overall length of 18 1/2 ft. All luxury features were standard, including power steering, power windows and power front seats. Dynamic exterior cues included a wraparound windshield, dual exhaust pipes that fed through functional ports in the rear bumper and hooded headlights that were clearly borrowed from the famed Lincoln Futura concept car. The new luxury car was also popular with the Hollywood A-list, counting Elvis Presley and Walt Disney amongst its owners.

This Car
As one of only 2,447 examples built in 1956, this fabulous Premiere Convertible represents the rarest body style constructed that year. After completing assembly at its plant in Wayne, Michigan, this Lincoln temporarily slipped from the grasp of recorded history. By the mid-1990s, the car surfaced in the care of Herb Scheffer, a Lincoln expert whose shop, the Lincoln/Mercury Old Parts Store in Clearwater, Florida, has been restoring vintage Lincolns since 1986. In 1999, Mr. Scheffer completed a substantial restoration that addressed many mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the car. The quality of this restorative work was confirmed when the car won the Lincoln Trophy – Best Primary Class award at the 2000 Mid-America National Meet held by the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club in St. Louis. Further exhibition acclaim came with a First Junior Award at the 2000 AACA meet at Hershey, Pennsylvania.

In 2001, this Premiere was acquired by
Charles Cawley, an ardent collector who is better known as one of the founders of MBNA America Bank. Mr. Cawley conducted some tasteful upgrades that included replacing the vinyl top with a Hartz canvas top, and reupholstering the interior in high-quality leather. In 2005, Mr. Cawley sold this Lincoln to a discerning Long Island collector who fervently pursues American cars of the 1950s and 1960s. In 2007, that collector sold the car to its current owner, who has devotedly maintained the Premiere, personally driving it at least once a month to check that the mechanical components remain in good order. Still featuring richly detailed Midnight Blue paint and a supple tan top, this unusual post-war American luxury car continues to bear the hallmarks of its excellent restoration, and testifies to the imaginative design and luxurious disposition that prevailed at Lincoln during the 1950s. As a very tempting alternative to the day’s finest Cadillacs and Chryslers, this Premiere Convertible would wonderfully complement any post-war American luxury collection.
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