CONTINENTAL MARK II
In keeping with principle of preserving an enduring design, the Continental retains its classic hardtop (below) as standard. New this year: a convertible by celebrated Derham custom coachbuilders. Engineering advances include higher-compression (10:1), 368-cu-in. engine with new carburetor, stronger steel torque converter, improved brake linings, a limited-slip differential, automatic headlight dimmer. Price: $8,938.
Completely restyled Fords come in two sizes for first time: Fairlanes are 9 inches longer and 4 inches lower than last year, Customs 3 inches longer and 3� inches lower. Industry's first retractable hardtop (in operation above) withdraws in half minute. Engines: Thunderbird V-8 (optional) with 245 hp, 312-cu.-in.; 212-hp, 292-cu.-in.; 190-hp, 272-cu.-in.; and 144-hp, 223-cu.-in. (six cylinders). PR: $1,679 to $2,428.
Industry's most powerful car (375 hp at 5,200 rpm), 300-C hit 145.7 mph in tests. New body has big air-scoop grille. New torsion suspension aids handling. Dual headlights are standard. Two four-barrel carburetors feed 392-cu.-in. engine (compression ratio: 9.25:1). Optional for highest performance: 10:1 compression ratio, high-speed camshaft, low back-pressure exhaust, new limited-slip differential and hand shift.
Upswept rear fenders, four headlights accent styling revisions. Power brakes and steering are standard. Six-way power seat, electric door locks, automatic headlight dimmer are optional. More power (300 hp, up from 285) comes from higher compression (10:1, up from 9:1), new four-barrel carburetor, redesigned combustion chamber. Piston displacement remains at 368 cu. in. Below: Landau. PR: $4,203 to $4,885.
Utilizes canted rear fender fins of standard Fords, retains essential racy look. Bumper-mounted wheel is out; bodies are 5� inches longer, providing 15% more luggage space under long rear deck. Engine options range from 270 hp (20% increase over 1956's most powerful) to 212 hp. Transmissions available are automatic, automatic overdrive, or standard. Center of gravity is lower, brake-lining area larger. Price: $3,088.
Chrysler introduces new Saratoga model (below) for middle-range market penetration. All models have new aviation-influenced styling with high rear fins. Bodies are as much as 5 inches lower. Torsion-Aire suspension, improved centerplane brakes help handling. More powerful engines (up 45 hp to 325 hp on New Yorkers) come in three models, with piston-displacement range from 354 to 392 cu. in. PR: $2,757 to $4,182.
Radical restyling, based on XM-Turnpike Cruiser dream car, features concave rear fender channel. Cars are 5 inches longer, 3 inches wider, 4 inches lower. Engines: 290-hp, 368-cu.-in. V-8 or 255-hp, 312-cu.-in. V-8. Higher-priced Turnpike Cruiser (below), to be premiered at show, has low-profile roof flaring out over rear window, novel air intakes, power-retractable rear window, tachometer. PR: $2,315 to $3,415.
Chrysler's most luxurious car reflects company's aircraft-inspired styling. Four inches lower and three inches wider, it incorporates new Torsion-Aire suspension (see page 57), three-speed push-button automatic transmission, six-way power seats, dual headlights. New models: a convertible and LeBaron sedan. Engine: 392 cu. in., 325 hp, 9.25:1 compression ratio. Above: Southampton hardtop. PR: $4,347 to $5,168.
New, lower-priced Firesweep now joins the Fireflite and Firedome models. Three-speed push-button transmission, torsion suspension, floating-shoe brakes are new. Fireflite engines have 295 hp, 341 cu. in., 9.25:1 compression ratio; Firedomes: same except for smaller carburetor, 270 hp; Firesweeps: 245 hp, 325 cu. in., 8.5:1 compression ratio (power pack ups hp to 260). Below: Fireflite hardtop. PR: $2,479 to $3,498.
As much as 5 inches lower, it follows Chrysler's low-silhouette look, has Torsion-Aire suspension, better brakes and more luggage space. Engines: Getaway Six has 230 cu. in., 138 hp, 8:1 compression ratio; Red Ram V-8 has 325 cu. in., 245 hp, 8.5:1 compression ratio; Super Red Ram V-8 achieves 260 hp through four-barrel carburetor, dual exhausts. Above: Lancer hardtop. PR: $2,124 to $2,832. High-performance Dodge D-500 engine (optional extra) ups hp to 310.