This model year engine was expanded, the Y-block was increased to 368 cid and 285 horsepower. This was considered power that works for all speeds and provide safety. They were lighter than the 1955 but still heavy automotives. They would cost $500-$700 more than previous years’ model. Lincoln sold more than 50,000 cars for 1956 model year for it was the only make with a major restyle instead of a facelift. Although this was just a third of the total sales of Cadillac.
For 1957 prices went up by another $500-$700 when Lincoln joined a popular Detroit trend then of offering the brands’ first four-door hardtops, named Landau and was available in all series. It had long tailfins, and the front was given Quadra-Lites; conventional headlamps of 7 inch in diameter. Although not a real four-light system it kept Lincoln ahead of his competitors. Compression ratio was now 10:1 and horsepower of 300. 1957 was a good year for Lincoln though not great for only 41,000 units were produced, this was higher than for Chrysler’s Imperial but less than a third of Cadillac.
1958 was all-new design for Lincoln so it was a year of great hopes. It was the worst year for Detroit and Ford’s finest for they invested millions in new tooling. The Lincolns of this model year were long, wider, and lower although even luxury car buyers were thinking of smaller sized vehicles. This was a bad year for Lincoln since despite the market changes it had a frameless unibody unexpected for a luxury car. It had square-lined wheelbase six inches longer than ’57. It could easily be recognized for there was no other car like it at the time with flared bumpers.