The Lincoln Continental is a shadow of its former self. The current-generation model has been supplanted by the Navigator as Lincoln’s flagship, but the Continental name once denoted some of the most-prestigious luxury cars America had to offer. One of those cars was recently featured on Jay Leno’s Garage.
This 1958 Continental Mark III was built during the last year of a three-year period when the nameplate was sold as a separate brand. A facelifted version of this car became a Lincoln in 1959. As a standalone brand, Continental sat above Lincoln in Ford’s hierarchy.
A 430-cubic-inch V-8 propels this land yacht, sending 375 horsepower to the rear wheels through a 3-speed automatic transmission. Leno reckons when new it would do 0-60 mph in the 8.0-second range, which was decently quick in the 1950s. Jay guesses the car weighs close to 6,000 pounds with two people on board, but the