Historically, competition has been one of the biggest factors in inspiring change. For Lincoln, their model-line had become very dated by the mid-1950s and the Ford Motor Company realized that change was needed in order to compete with other luxury automakers such as Cadillac and Oldsmobile. In 1956 they introduced their fully restyled line of cars with the flagship being the Continental Mark II.
The body was elegant and
simplistic while in contrast the Premiere followed in the mold of the
traditional American luxury car. It was bold, full of chrome, flamboyant design
cues, loud colors, and futuristic forms. It was modern, elegant, and youthful.
It was recognized by the Industrial Designers Institute with an award for
excellence in automotive design.
The Premiere's were well equipped with many power options offered as standard equipment. Safety was not forgotten; they came equipped with improved door latches, a deeper steering wheel, and padded seatbacks and door panels.
There were 2447 examples of the Convertible Coupe created making it one of the most exclusive of the bodystyles offered. There were nearly 40,000 coupes and sedans constructed.
The 1956 Lincolns were new - really new. Though ads proclaimed them 'unmistakably Lincoln,' there were scarcely a trace of the trim 55s. Wheelbase grew three inches, overall length seven inches, width three inches. Styling, partly previewed by the 1954 Mercury XM-800 show car, was fully up to date, with wrapped windshield, clean grille, peaked headlamps and rakish vertical taillights. Matching the new styling was a bigger engine, a V8 enlarged to 386 cid and 285 bhp. Despite their greater bulk, the 1956s didn't weigh much more than the 1955s, but they cost a whopping $500 - $700 more, the range running from $4,120 to $4,750.
The Lincoln Premiere was a luxury car sold by Ford
Motor Company's Lincoln-Mercury division. It was produced in both two and four
door versions, both seating six people.
The Premiere was sold in the mid to late 1950's and was positioned below the company's Continental. It featured a six-liter V8 engine and was approximately 223 inches (5664 mm) long. The heavy vehicle weighed in at 4,357 lbs (1976.3 kg).
With a price tag of approximately $4,600 in 1956, the Premiere was known for its stylish exterior, high-grade interior and some unique features.
It came equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows and power seats - all standard. Options from the factory included push-button lubrication, automatic headlight dimmer, radio, heater and power antenna.
1956 Lincoln Premier