1956 Lincoln Continental Mark IISOLD


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Estimate: $40,000-$50,000 US

Sold: $35,200

Est. 285bhp, 368 cu. in. V8 engine with four-barrel carburetor, Lincoln Turbo-Drive two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

The Lincoln Continental Mark II was a radical departure from everything that preceded it. With graceful lines and tasteful adornments, the car possessed an understated beauty that emphasized elegance, rather than flamboyance. Although its proportions were similar to the Thunderbird, the Mark II also paid homage to the Continentals of years past with a molded trunk lid in the shape of the spare tire concealed within. Under the four-pointed star mounted on the hood, which would later become the Lincoln emblem, rested a dynamometer-tested 368 cubic inch V8 engine, initially producing nearly 300 horsepower.

Largely hand-built, the Mark II utilized only the finest materials and the instrumentation displayed the precision of a finely crafted timepiece. This level of quality and detail did not come cheaply; and even with a sticker price of $10,000, Ford reportedly lost an estimated $1,000 on every car built. Nevertheless, the Mark II shared the same customers as Rolls-Royce – the wealthy and famous -- netting valuable publicity for Lincoln. Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Rockefeller, and President Dwight Eisenhower were all proud owners. In all, only about 3,000 units were ever built.

This handsome example underwent a cosmetic restoration in 1999/2000 and was re-painted in its original rich, dark metallic blue. It was acquired by the current owner in 2005 and, while it retains its original factory-installed blue and white interior, has since been fitted with new carpeting (including the trunk), a new steering box, new brakes and mostly all new suspension. What’s more, this Continental is one of the few examples ordered with factory air conditioning, which it retains to this day. It has accumulated less than 46,000 miles from new and the chrome trim is reportedly in excellent condition.
In no way was the Continental Mark II a typical Lincoln. In fact, its development by the Continental Division and the virtual omission of the Lincoln name signaled a certain degree of autonomy for the super-luxurious two-door. With such marques as Duesenberg, Cord, and Peerless relegated to the annals of history, Ford’s project was aimed from the outset at luxury strongholds Packard and Cadillac. The Division’s goal of crafting “the finest automobiles in America” was lofty but, by all accounts, a stylistic success, even if Ford lost money on each example produced. To this day, the Continental Mark II remains a vehicle of great distinction, a timeless American classic, and a welcome presence at any show event.

Reference Number 38623

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
VIN C56A1771 
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