AJ’s Car of the Day: 1956 Lincoln Capri 2-Door Hardtop

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1956 Lincoln Capri 2-Door Hardtop

Car: Lincoln Capri 2-Door Hardtop

Year: 1956

What makes it special: Capri was sold by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company from 1952 to 1959, and was a full-size luxury car. Introduced as a premium trim variant of the two-door Lincoln Cosmopolitan, the Capri was introduced in 1952 as a stand-alone model line serving as the premium Lincoln. With the introduction of the Lincoln Premiere and Continental, the Capri replaced the Cosmopolitan as the standard Lincoln product line. The Lincoln Capri was produced across three generations. Along with the Lincoln Premiere and the Continental model lines, the Lincoln Capri was replaced by the 1961 Lincoln Continental.

What made it famous: For 1956, the Capri shared a division-wide restyling and gained the new 285 hp 368 cu in Lincoln Y-Block V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor and 9:1 compression, and an all-new 12- volt electrical system to cope with the power accessories. Four-way power seats were optional. The Capri’s overall look borrowed from the radically different concept cars, the Mercury XM-800 and the Lincoln Futura.

Why I would want one: It’s different, and the front styling makes me think of the original Batmobile from the 1960’s TV series.

Fun fact: The Lincoln Capri received its name from an Italian island in the Gulf of Naples.
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