The Auburn Auction

Lot 42
1958 Lincoln Continental MK III Convertible

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1958 Lincoln Continental MK III Convertible
From the Collection of Noted Lincoln Collector and Restorer Gordy Jensen


• Recently completed, high-quality comprehensive restoration
• Ford Motor Company’s flagship automobile of the late 1950s
• Extremely rare Super Marauder carburetion
• Highly optioned example including rare and desirable factory air-conditioning
• Stunning black on black color scheme
• Restored by marque specialist

430 cid OHV V-8 engine, three two-barrel carburetors, 400 HP at 4,600 RPM, Twin-Range Turbo-Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and tubular shock absorbers, live rear axle with coil springs and tubular shock absorbers, four-wheel hydraulic power-assisted drum brakes; wheelbase: 131”

Ford debuted the Continental Mark III in 1958, and at the time, it was the largest post-war American car ever built. Despite its massive 131” wheelbase and 229” overall length, the Mark III was beautifully proportioned. The 1958 Lincolns did away with the traditional body-on-frame design in favor of an advanced new unibody construction paired with an all-new for 1958 suspension and a more powerful engine. Styling featured heavily sculpted bodywork with bullet-shaped moldings and additional trim that both lowered and lengthened the car’s appearance. The canted front headlight design made its look even more unique and imposing. The convertible features a clever, reverse-slanted, rear, power-operated, retractable “Breezeway” glass when the top is up, and a hard parade boot cover when in the lowered position. 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 375 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. Lincoln softened the styling for 1959, further diluting it for the 1960 model year, making the 1958 model the most unique and desirable of the three years this series of Lincoln was produced. There is no doubt that the mammoth Lincoln makes a bold statement about the company and the times, and collectors today covet the cars precisely because of their incredible design and proportions.

The example offered here is equipped with an exceedingly rare three two-barrel Super Marauder carburetion system, boosting the factory rating up to an impressive 400 horsepower, the highest horsepower engine offered by any American manufacturer in history at the time. This car is also optioned with rare factory dual-zone air-conditioning, which features dash-mounted vents for the front seat passengers and sends cool air through the car’s doors to comfort those occupying the rear seats. This option is found in many sedans but is seldom seen in a convertible.

This stunning Presidential Black 1958 Lincoln Continental MK III was formerly part of noted Lincoln expert and parts specialist Heb Sheffer’s personal collection. Sheffer initiated restoration before moving it to its current owner who brought it to another marque specialist to finish the high-quality restoration of this rare and desirable luxury automobile to its current pristine condition. Every part of this incredible Lincoln has been rebuilt and highly detailed and in proper working order. Additionally, it has been fitted with a stainless-steel exhaust system and a set of radial wide whitewall tires. The owner was dedicated to restoring this car correctly, regardless of the time and cost involved. Restoration of a car of this scale and complexity is rarely done to this level of excellence, providing a rare chance to acquire one of the very best 1958 Lincolns available. With a host of rare options, striking color scheme and high-level restoration, this top of the line luxury car is an exceptional choice for anyone wishing to add a premium mid-century American automobile to their collection.

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