Nothing more expensive than a cheap luxury car, they say. The Beverly Hills Car Club–actually, we’re going to digress right now. “Beverly Hills Car Club” is neither a car club nor in Beverly Hills. They’re a dealership that traffics cheaper examples of classics and exotics. Their address is a small warehouse in Lincoln Park, a gritty working class neighborhood about 30 minutes east of Beverly Hills. That said, their collection is extensive and actually pretty interesting…
Of course, we can’t afford like 90% of their listings, but the bottom end makes for entertaining project car hell scheming. Most emblematic might be this 1957 Continental MK II. Unfamiliar with the Not-a-Lincoln Continental? Go read Lieberman’s Jalopnik Fantasy Garage article for a condensed summary of why it’s awesome (while you’re there find bask in the nostalgia of Jalopnik 1.0 and its commenters) or Hemmings for a more encyclopedic writeup.
Anyway, this particular example lists at a mere $12,750 and looks pretty solid from the outside. Whatever color the paint was originally, it’s faded to “corpse skin”. Also, sadly, the interior is a total writeoff. Under the hood is a factory-blueprinted Lincoln 368ci V8, which won’t necessarily be impossible to find parts for. Personally, I’m torn, as with a car in this condition you might be better off to gut it and go with a quick-and-dirty redo with a cheap craigslist bench from a wagon or something. But this isn’t just some car; it’s a Continental and deserves to be brought back to its former glory.
Meanwhile, be sure to check out the rest of their listings for some pretty optimistic pricing on some remarkably decrepit…but still kinda tempting vehicles.