For Sale: 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II in Sarasota, Florida

Vehicle Description

When it debuted as a 1956 model in October of 1955, the $9,966 Mark II was one of the heaviest American cars extant at 4,825 pounds without air conditioning, 5,190 pounds so equipped. Riding on a 126-inch wheelbase, it stretched 218.4 inches long and sported a low 56.25-inch roofline. The original Lincoln-Continental's proportions remained, with the Mark II's hood stretching a massive 70 inches. Under that hood was a standard Lincoln engine and drivetrain; the 368-cu.in. V-8 was overmatched by the car's weight, offering a 0-60 mph time of just under 16 seconds and an indicated top speed of 118 mph.The coupe's styling was considered quite conservative upon introduction; its lack of tailfins, air scoops, chrome moldings, two-tone paint or other "jet age" styling cues gave the Mark II a tastefully understated appearance. And despite its bulk, this low-slung car's conservative design approach helped keep it fresh through the following decades. While the Continental spare tire bulge was more a styling gimmick than useful, it became a trademark used through the late 1990s Mark VIII, and details like the stepped side character line, small nameplate lettering and fuel filler hidden behind the driver's taillamp were delightful. That conservative style continued inside, where the leather-covered dashboard was an ergonomic triumph; in an age where engine information was minimal and shiny dash chrome a distraction, the Mark II had easy-to-read round-dial analog instrumentation that included a tachometer, oil pressure and amperage gauge.The Continental Division instituted a seven-point quality-control program, and each Mark II required twice as many man-hours to build as did a contemporary Lincoln. The quality of materials used in these cars was one of their best attributes, as Ford felt everything in their flagships should be the best. The standard four-way power front seat could be covered in blemish-free Bridge of Weir Scottish leather or a number of fabrics including matelasse, brocade and broadcloth; in all, there were 43 standard upholstery trim choices to complement the 19 standard exterior lacquer finishes. Other standard features included power steering, brakes, antenna and windows with tinted glass, a dual heating system, premium Travel-Tuner AM radio with two speakers, self-regulating electric clock, fully carpeted trunk and an engine dress-up kit. The Mark II was so comprehensively equipped that the only option offered was air conditioning, and if so built, the condensing unit was housed in the trunk and four registers were set in the headliner to deliver cool air to the occupants.Changes for the 1957 model year were few: Four new metallic paint colors joined the palette, and the air conditioning air intakes were relocated from external scoops atop the rear fender kickups to ducting behind the grille. Engine power was increased from 285 to 300hp, but the factory's special process of shipping the $9,695 Mark II to dealerships in fleece-lined plastic and canvas envelopes to protect its finish continued. The Continental coupe had new competition in the form of the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham in 1957, and this combined with falling sales in a soft luxury-car market to seal its fate; the Continental division was dissolved, and the Mark II didn't return for 1958. While the proposed sedan, folding hardtop convertible and fuel injection didn't make production, and a mere 3,014 Mark IIs were built, the premium coupe truly was, as expressed in an advertisement, "A motor car which, more than anything else, exemplifies the very finest expression of American automotive craftsmanship."
To craft the finest automobiles in America" - This was the brief of Ford's short-lived Continental Division. Luminaries such as Duesenberg, Cord and Peerless were long gone, and Ford's not-insubstantial order was a direct shot at knocking Packard and Cadillac off their pedestals as the remaining premier American marques. The first Continental that debuted was the 1956 Mark II; while this premium luxury coupe was not the sales success that it was hoped to be, it became one of the most influential designs of the decade, famous both for what it was and for what it wasn't. While these rare vehicles were among the most expensive and exclusive when new, today a nice example costs about the same as a loaded new Focus, making the Mark II a surprisingly accessible piece of American automotive royalty. This 1956 Mark II has show quality paint and chrome, recent full drivetrain rebuild including brakes and suspension new wide whitewall tires

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Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
  • Listing ID:CC-1538556
  • Price:$39,500
  • Location:Sarasota, Florida
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Lincoln
  • Model:Continental Mark II
  • Exterior Color:Light Blue
  • Interior Color:White-Blue
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:56442
  • Stock Number:C890
  • VIN:C5601431

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