Unique 4-headlight 1956 Lincoln Mark II at Russo and Steele

The quad headlights look well-integrated with the Lincoln styling
The quad headlights look well-integrated with the Lincoln styling | Russo and Steele

No, your eyes do not deceive you. This 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II has a set of quad headlights up front. Certainly not a factory design, it was a custom treatment created decades ago by a well-known, eccentric and prolific collector of Lincolns.

This unique Mark II, which goes to auction during Russo and Steele’s fifth annual Newport Beach, California, was owned and customized by the late J.C Daniels, who collected hundreds of Lincolns after striking it rich as a Texas oilman. Before going into the oil business, he owned a Lincoln dealership, and apparently never lost his affection for Ford’s luxury cars. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Continental MKII custom

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1957 Continental MKII

From mild to wild, custom cars are the ultimate expression of individuality that invite onlookers to escape mass-production normality to experience the car as a piece of automotive industrial art.

According to the listing on ClassicCars.com, the uniqueness of the Pick of the Day, a 1957 Continental MKII custom, earned the car a spot on the cover of Rod and Custom magazine. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Phil’s 1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III

Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos
Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos

My father had three of these cars as I was growing up.

I remember his first Mark III being a pale yellow with black interior and vinyl roof. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, which would have been 1970-71. Continue reading

A brief history of classic American presidential limousines

President Kennedy was riding in a 1961 Lincoln Continental when he was assasinated | Photos courtesy of LeMay - America's Car Museum
President Kennedy was riding in a 1961 Lincoln Continental when he was assasinated | Photos courtesy of LeMay – America’s Car Museum

(Editor’s note: This feature was written by Renée Crist, collections manager at LeMay – America’s Car Museum, for Classic Car News in recognition of the upcoming presidential election.)

When the subject of presidential limousines comes up, many Americans conjure images of John F. Kennedy waving from the stretched 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible in Dallas, Texas, prior to his assassination. JFK’s limo is arguably the most famous and talked about limousine in American history. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Continental Mark II

The Continental Mark II is a remarkable survivor driven just over 26,000 miles
The Continental Mark II is a remarkable survivor driven just over 26,000 miles

Although the Pick of the Day is described as a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, this elegant hardtop was marketed by Ford just as the Continental, a standalone division created to compete with the world’s greatest luxury cars.

The Continental Mark II was sold at Lincoln dealerships, but was nonetheless not a Lincoln for the 1956 and ’57 model years. Only later would Continental become a brand within the Lincoln division. Continue reading

Jackie Kennedy’s ’61 Lincoln convertible set for Mecum auction

The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos
The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos

In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, when John and Jacqueline Kennedy had taken up residence at the White House, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.

The historic Lincoln that recalls the excitement and tragedy of the too-brief Kennedy years will be auctioned in Monterey, California, in August at Mecum Auctions sale during Pebble Beach concours week. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1941 Lincoln Continental convertible

The 1941 Lincoln Continental was designed after Edsel Ford's custom car
The 1941 Lincoln Continental was designed after Edsel Ford’s custom car

Edsel Ford was well-known for creating specially built Ford cars for his personal use. During the late 1930s, he wanted a special one-off convertible to use in Florida during the winter, and he asked Bob Gregorie at Ford to design one for him. Gregorie’s custom design was based on the Lincoln Zephyr, but lowered and extended 12 inches. He also removed the running boards.

The car was powered by the fabulous Lincoln V12 flathead engine, partially due to its exclusivity but also because of the car’s tremendous weight. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III

The 1971 Lincoln Continental has been resprayed its  factory color, Light Mint Green
The 1971 Lincoln Continental has been resprayed its factory color, Light Mint Green

I was kind of intrigued by Hagerty’s graph that appeared here Monday showing the fastest-growing cars by number offered at auction during the past year. Oh, most were the expected Porsches 911s and late-model Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers. But how about number five on the hit parade: 1971-79 Lincoln Continentals. That was kind of unexpected.

Then I stumbled on the Pick of the Day, a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III listed on ClassicCars.com, and I got turned on. This granddaddy cruiser looks pretty sharp with its hideaway headlights and a hood that’s as long as a flight deck. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1962 Lincoln Continental Presidential limousine

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1962 Lincoln Continental

A lot of enthusiasts collect cars that have helped shape their personal history, whether a significant moment in life, something they admired as a child, or the car a mom, dad, or grandparent drove. Cars have always had an impact on society and history, but it’s not every day a collector will find a car that played host to a U.S. president and thus had a role in the nation’s history.

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Vicari celebrates 20th anniversary, collector car appreciation day with auction in New Orleans

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS | Vicari Auctions Photo

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Vicari Auction Company has teamed with Mardi Gras World to host its fifth annual New Orleans collector car auction July 11 during Collector Car Appreciation weekend. The auction is expected to feature up to 200 cars as well as Disney art and items from Pete Vicari’s personal memorabilia collection. Continue reading