Continental Mark III Coupe 1958

 
 

 
 

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SUN STAR

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Model number: 4711

 
     
  Review of the model:

This model car from Sun Star is released in their Platinum series witch is the high-end product from this brand. You can already see in the boxing of this series. First an outer box with nice graphic design and pictures. The inner boxes is made in Styrofoam, and are two part, where the lower part has four anchoring point to secure the model under transport. Under the model car we see a small brochure reprint from the real car back in 1958 Furthermore a nice, little "silver chain", with the imprint Platinum. Oh yes this is a good sign - Will the model live up to that?

The short answer is yes.... Paint and chrome parts are flawless. Just as the delicate and fine metal-etched parts, such as grill and emblems. The interior is fantastic and so are the entire exterior. Everything is just stunning. This is a model car that you can spend hours to inspect, with all the little fine, well made details. Movable windshield wipers are one nice feature. Doors, bonnet, and trunk can also be opened. The retail price of this model is approx 119 Euros but some dealers sell as low as 40 Euros!! - If this model cost 200 Euros it will be worth it (But don't tell I said that)

When you open the box and lift out the beast - it's huge and heavy. The small emblems in etched metal are secured by a small strip of clear plastic, if you choose to remove this, as I did, Just apply a coat of clear varnish over the delicate parts. All Sun Stars models need a polish after you have unboxed them. Especial the chrome parts have a fine film of white dust over them. After a little hour you polishing with swaps and cloth, you have a model car ready for a Motorama display!

How about the quality control at Sun Star?.......I whish I could say flawless - but no! I had to re-glue the backrest of the front seats back. They have been flying around inside the cabin, with the end result of smashing the rear window loose. Furthermore a small star emblem, was laying in the box too. All in all not a big issue for me, as after half an hour the model was fine again. But think of the buyer who is with out those skills - a sad experience.

Anyhow I have chosen to ignore this common problem from Sun Star in my rating, because the next model can be fine when opened.  

 

I will give this model 6 out of 6 stars  ******

Below here are pictures of the model, historical description, old brochures, technical data and a little movie clip for the real car. So please enjoy!

 
     

 

One of the biggest car manufactured in U.S.A.

 
 

Luxurious interior with many details from Sun Star

 

 

A real monster at nearly 20 feet

 
  Matador Red  
The rear window can be lowered electrically on the real car
The back of the car is a galore in chrome
This car is looking good at any angle
A very distinctive roofline
Note the cooler behind the massive grill
A special arrangement of the headlights
No wonder this car both in model and real is very heavy
A very well made model car from Sun Star
Note the fine emblem in etched metal and the moveable windscreen vipers
Fender skirts are removable as on the real car
A stylish interior welcomes you as soon you open the doors
The doors are luxurious padded in chrome and leather
The boxy instrument panel was a hallmark of the carmaker in those days
The fine hubcaps resemble turbine blades
Even the headliner is nicely done on the model
A vast trunk padded in carpet note the spare wheel and jack
Fine reflection from the sun in chrome and body
7.0L 375 hp 430 cu inch Mel V8 engine
     

 

  History:

The Lincoln Continental is a series of luxury cars produced by Lincoln, a division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company. First introduced in 1939 as a coach built convertible, which would spawn the personal luxury car segment, the nameplate has been in use by Lincoln at various times for more than 75 years. In the Lincoln model line, the Continental has served various roles, ranging from the top-trim sedan to the base-trim sedan. Through its production, the Lincoln Continental has been produced in several body styles, including two-door and four-door convertibles, two-door and four-door hardtops and sedans, and two-door coupes. The Lincoln Continental is the final American car factory-produced as a four-door convertible or with a V12 engine.

In 1956, Ford created a successor to the first-generation Continental with the introduction of the Continental Mark II and the separate Continental Division created to market and produce the car. As the most expensive car ever produced by Ford at the time, the Mark II lasted only through 1957 and the Continental Division was integrated into Lincoln, with the Lincoln Continental Mark series as its top-trim model.

Third generation (195860)

For 1958, the Continental Division was expanded with two- and four-door vehicles that shared an appearance with Lincoln-branded products; the Continental gained new life as a flagship for the Lincoln line. To bring it in line with its predecessor, the 1958 edition was branded as the "Mark III", with "Continental III" fender trim; the approach was similar to that followed by Chrysler with the Imperial line.

To drop the price from $10,000 ($85,273 in current dollars) to a somewhat more accessible $6,000 ($49,806 in current dollars), Lincoln switched the Continental from a hand-built body to a version of the body shared with the Lincoln Capri and Premiere. The Continental received its own body and interior trim, and its own roofline. For both sedans and hardtops (and even convertibles), the Continental was designed with a retractable "breezeway" reverse-angle rear window (similar to the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser except for its reverse-angle design). AM radio was standard, with FM radio as a rarely ordered option. In contrast to the ceiling-mounted A/C vents of the Mark II, the A/C vents were mounted in the dash board. A unique option was "Auto Lube"; as long as the owner kept the lube reservoir full, the car automatically lubed itself.

In a break from Ford, Mercury, and Edsel, Lincoln adopted unibody construction[for what would be one of the largest cars ever produced by Ford Motor Company and one of the largest unibody-chassis cars ever made in the automotive industry. Using a 131-inch wheelbase, the Continental III was longer than any Cadillac sedan; it is the longest car produced by Ford Motor Company without federally mandated 5 mph bumpers. The 195960 Continental Limousine and Town Car remain the heaviest American sedans built since World War II without an extended wheelbase. They had the same wheelbase as other Continentals, but had additional legroom in the rear seat (the same legroom as Lincoln) due to the absence of the "breezeway" window, a reverse-angled rear window that retracted electrically into the trunk. The window increased ventilation through the passenger compartment in an era when most cars did not have air conditioning, and the unusual notchback body design provided a distinctive visual identity for the brand. Also, the 1958 Continental convertible is the second longest convertible ever produced in America, exceeded only by the (extremely rare) 193437 Cadillac V-16 convertibles

Although less expensive and better-selling than the Continental Mark II, the Lincoln Division lost over $60 million over 19581960, partly reflecting the enormous expense of developing what is perhaps the largest unibody car ever made

Some commentators have suggested that even for an era such as the late 1950s when most American cars were chrome-covered behemoths sporting massive jet-age fins on each side of the trunk, the third generation Continental was "excessively styled" with too many distinctive design features that muddied the design. Others say this simply reflects the overabundance of design talent involved in its development and modification.

George W. Walker, known for his contribution to the original Ford Thunderbird, was Vice-President in charge of Styling at Ford during this time. Elwood Engel, famous for being lead designer of generation four of the Lincoln Continental and for his work as chief designer at Chrysler in the 1960s, was Staff Stylist (and consequently roamed all the design studios) at Ford during this period and worked very closely with John Najjar in developing not only the 1958, but also the 1959 update. After John Najjar was relieved of his responsibilities as Chief Stylist of Lincoln in 1957 he became Engel's executive assistant, and the two worked closely together in the "stilleto studio" in developing the fourth generation Lincoln Continental, which won an award for its styling.

Don Delarossa, who succeeded Najjar as Lincoln's Chief Stylist, was responsible for the 1960 Continental update, and went on to become chief designer at Chrysler in the 1980s. Alex Tremulis, who was Chief Stylist at Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg in the mid to late 1930s and famous for his work on the 1948 Tucker Sedan, was head of Ford's Advanced Styling Studio during this period, and it was his Ford La Tosca concept car, with its oval overlaid with an "X" theme, that gave birth to the "slant eyed monster" nickname to the third generation Continental headlight arrangement.

L. David Ash was Lincoln's Executive Exterior Stylist when Najjar was in charge of Lincoln styling, and Ash would later play a prominent role as Chief Stylist of Ford in designing the 19691971 Lincoln Continental Mark III. The reuse of the Mark III badge, together with an early 1960s marketing decision by Ford's then-Executive Vice President Lee Iacocca to downplay the older models when the Fourth Generation Continentals were released, helped cause the Continentals of the 19581960 vintage to be dubbed the "forgotten Marks"

 

                                                                                                                                             

Technical specification:

Overview

Model years

19581960

Assembly

United States: Wixom, Michigan (Wixom Assembly)

Designer

John Najjar

Body and chassis

Body style

2-door hardtop
2-door convertible
4-door sedan
4-door Landau hardtop
4-door Town Car sedan
4-door Limousine

Layout

FR layout

Related

Lincoln Mark series
Lincoln Premiere
Lincoln Capri

Powertrain

Engine

430 cu in (7.0 L) MEL V8

Transmission

3-speed Turbo-Drive automatic

Dimensions

Wheelbase

131.0 in (3,327 mm)

Length

1958: 229.0 in (5,817 mm)
1959: 227.1 in (5,768 mm)
1960: 227.2 in (5,771 mm)

Width

195859: 80.1 in (2,035 mm)
1960: 80.3 in (2,040 mm)

Height

1958: 56.5 in (1,435 mm)
195960: 56.7 in (1,440 mm)

Curb weight

5,0005,700 lb (2,3002,600 kg)


 
 

Old brochures of the Continental Mark III

 
 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     
     

     

     

 

 

 

     
     
     
     

     

 

 

 
 
     

 

     
     
 

Video of the real car (Convertible) from Youtube

 
 
 

 

 
     
 
 

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