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1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible

LCOC First Place - Best of Class - Best Senior - Best of Show winner, AACA First Place Senior - First Place Grand National Award winner and CCCA Best of Show winner.

Extremely rare Wisteria color and equipped with every available option makes this spectacular Premiere the best of the best. 258bhp, 368 cu. in. V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, Turbo-Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live axle rear suspension with leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

In the mid 1950s the Ford Motor Company realized that their top of the line Lincolns were no longer competing for sales with Cadillac, but rather Oldsmobile. The introduction of a fully restyled line of cars in 1956 headed by an all-new flagship, the Continental Mark II indicated that Lincoln was gearing up to challenge Cadillac for supremacy in the American luxury field. With Packard in serious financial trouble, this bid at the top end of the American automotive market presented an inviting opportunity to sink one of Lincoln’s oldest competitors.

While the Continental Mark II possessed an almost simplistic elegant beauty, the all-new Premiere conceded to every American pretension of what was expected in a luxury automobile. The design was, in essence, a venerable posturing of chrome, futuristic forms, and loud colors. The flamboyant design was recognized by the Industrial Designers Institute with an award for excellence in automotive design.

Playing with the big dogs in the mid 1950s required an abundance of gadgetry and the Premiere did not disappoint, making such features as power steering, brakes, windows and seats standard fare. Factory options included push-button lubrication, automatic headlight dimmer, heater, radio and air conditioning.

The most attractive and desirable of the Premiere line has always been the convertible coupe, of which only 2,447 examples were built with only a few extant presently. The example presented here is all the more uncommon as it is finished in the extremely rare Wisteria factory color, a light shade of violet named after the beautiful blooming vine. The Premiere is also fitted with a white top and a stunning Wisteria and white two-tone leather interior. Additionally, the car features every available factory option offered in 1956 including the push button chassis lubrication system, a power antenna, a Town & Country signal seeking radio, fog lights, and twin spotlights to name just a few.

Fully restored to exemplary standards, the 1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible has dominated LCOC, AACA and a variety of other Concours events winning over fifteen major awards. The paint is free of imperfections, while the door gaps, panel fits far exceed original 1950s build standards. Also exceeding original build levels of quality, the chrome, stainless and glass all display a quality of finish and precision expected only of top-level concours cars. There is little to be said about the Wisteria, white and black interior aside from it being in entirely “as new” condition. The engine compartment, fitted only with period correct hardware, was treated to the same level of restoration as the exterior of the car, as finishes are virtually flawless and meticulously detailed. The underside of the car is appropriately finished in Wisteria and gloss black finished to concours quality standards.


Show Results

1st Place
1995 LCOC National Meet
Dearborn, MI

1st Place & Ford Motor Company Trophy
1995 LCOC Mid-America National Meet
Indianapolis, IN

1st Place & William Coughlin Trophy
(Best Senior, 1949-60)
1996 LCOC Eastern National Meet
Asheville, NC

“Lincoln Experience” Best of Show
1996 CCCA Gilmore Museum Concours
Hickory Corners, MI

Best of Class
American Convertible and Luxury 1943-69
1996 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance
Rochester Hills, MI

1st Place & William Coughlin Trophy
(Best Senior, 1949-60)
1996 LCOC Mid-America National Meet
Plymouth, MN

1st Place & William Coughlin Trophy
(Best Senior, 1949-60)
1997 LCOC Mid-America National Meet
League City, TX

1st Place & William Coughlin Trophy
(Best Senior, 1949-60)
1997 LCOC Eastern National Meet
Warren, OH

1st Place Junior
1998 AACA Eastern Division,
Special National Fall Meet
Amhurst, NY

1st Place Senior
1998 AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet
Hershey, PA

1st Place Grand National & Preservation Award
1999 AACA Grand National Meet
Tucson, AZ

Preservation Award
1999 AACA Western Spring Meet
Tucson, AZ

Post War Car Award
(Outstanding Junior Post War Automobile)
2000 AACA Annual Meet
Philadelphia, PA

1st Place Senior Grand National
& Preservation Award
2000 AACA Grand National Meet
Williamsport, PA

Best in Class
Post War Open & Closed 1943-1976
2001 Bay Harbor Concours d’Elegance
Bay Harbor, MI

Class Award- Best Feature
100th Anniversary Ford Lincoln-Late
2003 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance
Rochester, MI

Palmetto Class Award
2003 Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance
Hilton Head, SC

Ford Motor Company/E.T. “Bob” Gregorie
Trophy For Enduring Design Excellence
2004 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Amelia Island, FL

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