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For Sale: 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II
in Ogden, Utah

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Description
 
This is an amazing elegant classic 1957 Lincoln Continental, original except paint and upolstery has been restored. This car runs and drives beautifully. This incredible classic has 117,360 miles and is equipped with the extremely rare and desired factory air conditioning, along with power windows, power seats, AM Town & Country radio and more! This Mark II would be perfect for the most astute collector, investor or enthusiast who understands the rarity and investment potential of this great American motorcar. The name 'Continental' was inspired by the 1940's Lincoln Continental powered by a large 12-cylinder engine. Bentley had used the name Continental on their model line, adding to the ambiance and prestige. In 1956 the Ford Motor Company formed the Continental Division for the production of the Mark II. Its general manager was William Clay 'Bill' Ford, son of Edsel Ford and grandson of Henry Ford. Many people associated the Continental as a Lincoln because it featured the trademark Lincoln spare-tire hump in the trunk lid and it was sold and serviced at Lincoln dealerships. Many of the mechanical components were courtesy of Lincoln such as the drivetrain. The Continental Division lasted until 1957 when it was merged with Lincoln and the Continental Mark II was added as Lincoln's flagship model. The name 'Continental' would stay with the Mark line until the introduction of the Mark VII in 1984.

There never was a model designated as a Lincoln or Continental Mark I.

The Continental Mark II had an understated beauty; it was elegant without the need to be flamboyant. Unlike the flashy American style of the time, it was very tasteful in its design. It did not use chrome, two-tone paint, or sharp styling cues to accentuate its beauty. At the front was an egg-crate style grille and straight fenders. The hood was long and curvy, perfect for concealing the 6-liter engine. Mounted on the hood and in the back was the four-pointed star that later became Lincoln's emblem. The Lincoln 368 cubic-inch V8 was matted to a Lincoln three-speed automatic transmission. The back had the signature Lincoln spare-tire hidden in the trunk lid. Though sharing many similarities with the Thunderbird, these were completely different machines. The Continentals were mostly hand made; the paint was applied multiple times and then sanded, double-lacquered, and polished.

These rolling works of art were very costly. The $10,000 sticker price was equivalent to a Rolls-Royce. Top-of-the-line American luxury brands, such as Cadillac, were selling for around $5000. Even at these high prices, Ford still lost an estimated $1,000 per car. At the time Ford was a private company and was willing to incur these losses but when Ford became a public company, losses were not permitted. A stock Mark II was $10,000 in 1956. Derham and Hess & Eisenhardt both estimated a convertible conversion to cost $18,000 to custom build. That's why there were only 3 Mark II convertibles.


The Continental Mark II was debuted to the public at the Paris Motor Show in 1955. During the close of 1955, around 1300 Mark II's were sold. For the entire 1956 model year, another 1300 were sold. In 1957, only 442 were produced for a total of just over 3000. Around 1500 still exist in modern time.
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$35,000
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Ogden, UT
Zip
84401
Vehicle Basics

Odometer Reading
117,360

Year
1957

VIN
C56S3871

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Black

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details

Color(s)
White/Black

Seat Material
Leather

Accessories and Customizations




Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
V-8

Engine Size
368

Engine History
Original

Engine Condition
Running

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Automatic

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

 
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