1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible

1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible

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Regarded as one of the finest executions of midcentury automotive design, the all-new-for-1956 Lincoln Premiere line drew styling cues from the Futura and XM-800 concept cars

  • YEAR & MAKE - 1956 Lincoln 
  • MODEL NAME - Premiere 
  • MODEL/BODY/STYLE NUMBER - BY76B 12-628-9G-5-323
  • BODY TYPE - 2 Door, 6 Passenger Convertible
  • BODY BY - Lincoln 
  • # CYLS. - OHV V8
  • TRANSMISSION TYPE & NUMBER - 3-Speed Turbo-Drive Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive 
  • WEIGHT - 4,452 lbs
  • ESTIMATED PRODUCTION - 2,447
  • HP - 285
  • C.I.D. - 368
  • WHEELBASE - 126″
  • PRICE NEW - $4,747
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Ads touted the Lincoln Premiere as "the longest, lowest, most powerful Lincoln of all time." Its long overhangs and wraparound windshield caught the attention of contemporary reviewers. A full complement of power accessories, a nod to safety, and a vast color palette exemplifying the height of 1950s fashion led to Lincoln nearly doubling sales over the previous year.

Not just a cosmetic redesign, recent successes at La Carrera Panamericana resulted in a focus on performance and handling. Displacement increased to 368 cubic inches, boasting improved drivability with peak torque at midrange rpm. With a new lowered frame and a front suspension re-engineered by Earle MacPherson, inventor of the MacPherson strut, critics lauded the Premiere for improved cornering without sacrificing a plush ride. With production of only 2,447 units, the 1956 Premiere convertible has emerged as one of the most desirable postwar Lincolns. This Premiere received a total restoration completed in 2010. The work included the installation of a new old stock 1956 Lincoln V-8 engine with intact original finishes acquired from the Ford Technical School.