The 50s were an era of excess in automotive design, particularly in the United States, and the chief culprit was Cadillac, but everyone was crowding around them, trying to out-glitz the glitziest of them all! The one that may have succeeded was the 1958 Lincoln Continental; a far cry from the simple lines of its Mark II predecessors, the ’58 Continental was as big and luxurious as they come, despite sharing its chassis with lesser models. It was available in sedan and two and four-door hardtops, as well as a convertible model. At first glance, the design of the Continental looked, well… busy. It wasn’t ugly; never that. Just very heavy. And thanks to its size, engine and amenities, it wasn’t just the design that was weighty!
Thankfully, moving all the Detroit iron about wasn’t all that difficult; anticipating the issue, Lincoln had developed a big block V8, with a 7-liter displacement, producing a claimed 375 horsepower. It may have been actually only 350, but at that point it didn’t really matter. For a land-yacht of this size, the ’58 Continental was fast: top speed of 116 miles per hour, and 0-60 acceleration in 8.7 seconds. Nothing to be ashamed of.
The 1958 Lincoln Continental survived in its current shape, with only minor changes, until 1960, when it was replaced by a much cleaner car, possibly the best looking Continental of them all.