Premiere Barn Find: 1956 Lincoln Coupe


What a sweet Lincoln! I’m loving the front end and the clean lines. We really haven’t seen many of these big Premiere Coupes in this clean of condition. The seller doesn’t know much about it, as they purchased it at an estate sale. Apparently it was part of a collection that consisted of about a hundred other classics. Based on the condition of this one, I sure would love to see what else was found with it! If you’d love to give this beautiful Lincoln a good home, you can find it here on eBay in Dade City, Florida with a current bid of $5,250 and no reserve!


Since the seller doesn’t know much about it, we have to go off of what we can see with this one. It looks to be in great shape throughout. The paint looks shiny and could be original, but is most likely a respray. I see some rust and pitting issues on the chrome, especially on the rear bumper and trim. The engine is said to run and looks to be the original 368 cui V8.


The interior is looking worn, but usable. I think with some moisturizer and a little care, the leather seats could be enjoyed for many years to come! I love the styling of these cars and their futuristic interiors. They were actually highly influenced by aircraft design, with controls that are reminiscent of what you’d find in an airplane. I only wish this one had air conditioning, simply to have the clear plastic air ducts!


I really wish the seller knew more about the history of this Lincoln. They have the engine running, but it will need some work before it will be safe to drive on the street. It would be great to know if it has been restored or how many owners it’s had. At least it looks to be solid and complete. It’s going to need brake and exhaust work, but those are fairly simple things to fix. I think it would make for a really sweet nice weather driver, but what do you think of these luxury coupes?


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  1. Larry K

    Gorgeous! Classy!

  2. Dolphin Member

    At first I thought this Lincoln was a hard top, but the shot of the interior through the open passenger’s door shows that it’s a coupe. No matter—I like it. So 1956…..soooo cool. I would buy it just to cruise and go to cars n’ coffee.

    The underside shows that it’s received some attention, so that’s a plus. So is the running engine, which doesn’t have any obvious knocking, but I would buy it expecting to have to do a valve job, at a minimum. The uneven speed when it’s being cranked over for starting often means 1 or more cylinders have low compression.

    The car has had paint, and the light brown isn’t my favorite, but I could still enjoy the car as-is since it seems to fit with a cool ’56 look.

    I’m glad the seller has used a no-reserve auction, and I hope it goes to a real Lincoln fan who will bring it up to good running condition and then use it on the road so people can see how classy these mid-’50s Lincolns are.

  3. Joe Haska

    I love this car! It could be so cool, always wanted the Continental, but I think this would be as much fun, and possibly cheaper. Its a good thing its not close, and I had a better line of credit.

  4. DVS

    Another example of why I believe that 1956 was the best year for American cars.

  5. Nick Member

    Would be cool next to my 56 Continental.

  6. Vince Habel

    These always make me think of Ed Sullivan.

  7. crazydave

    Paint it black and call it a “batmobobble”

  8. Bob C.

    Ah yes, the first year for the wrap around windshield. The 55s were pretty much an update of the basic 52 design.

  9. jackthemailman

    This is the first car I’ve seen here that grabs me by the throat and says, “Buy me, you dumb f**k!” Boy, am I glad I have absolutely NO room for it. Damn, that’s nice.

  10. Vince Habel

    Good thing it is far away besides it is too long for my garage.

  11. charlie Member

    An example of how one can “get into the hobby” for short money – ’56 Chevy in comparable condition would be 3x as much. Once you fix what is wrong, and replace the consumables, hoses, belts, brake lines, install a dual cylinder master cylinder, new tires, you could drive it in the Great Race, 3000 miles round trip in comfort.

  12. Joe Muzy

    Love them Hot Rod Lincolns


    I think in 56 the engine displacement was 317 cu in. A Y block . The 368 came out it 58.

  14. John H.

    This one is cool, but I believe I’ve seen a convertible version of this at the Klingberg Show in CT. It was done in pastel and was simply killer. Image above is off of browser.

  15. G 1

    430 in 58

  16. Mr. TKD

    You won’t see yourself coming and going. I really dig it as it stands out in a crowd.

  17. ccrvtt

    Lordy is this a nice car! Kudos for the no-reserve auction. Great bones yet it cries to be restored to its original glory. I hope whoever gets it appreciates it enough to look beyond the cost to see the necessity of preserving its sheer beauty.

  18. Mark H

    368 motors for sure. I have 2 that I bought as a “project with a parts car” package. Very nice to drive, somewhat rare, high in the cool factor, and they take up a lot of storage space. This will make for a very proud new owner. Be advised that small parts are tough to find and can be rather expensive.

  19. Keldog

    It is a hard top,chrome bar is on front edge of window.

  20. Rustytech Member

    This is a cool car, a true classic that needs to be saved and restored. I would have to lose the light brown though. There had to be a better color available in 1956!

  21. Nomader

    When I bought my 56 Continental, I was told it’s 368 engine was built for this car only. May have been used later. Please let me know if this is correct.

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