For two years, 1956 and 1957, the ultra-luxurious Continental Mark II was sold at Lincoln dealers, not as a Lincoln but as a standalone halo division for Ford Motor Co. The hand-built coupe was designed to emulate the great coachbuilders of Europe.
The Pick of the Day is a 1956 Continental Mark II sport coupe, a fresh-looking survivor that was cosmetically restored and showing 64,000 miles on its odometer.
The Lakeland, Florida, dealer advertising the Continental on ClassicCars.com describes it as a “wonderful driving car (with) original drive train.” The car is powered by the factory 368cid V8 and automatic transmission, and a newly replaced dual exhaust system as original, the seller says.
The dealer offers to sell the car as-is or with addition restoration, such as replacing the blue-leather seats.
“This car has had a very nice dual-stage repaint in factory Powder Blue,” the seller says. “Most of the chrome looks original including the bumpers. Original two-tone Blue leather seat upholstery. Original door panels, carpet, headliner and dash.
“We can include a new interior as part of the purchase.”
The Continental Mark IIs were loaded with advanced features of the day, with power steering, brakes and accessories, a Town and Country AM radio and a tachometer, which was a rare and sporty addition for a luxury car at that time.
The beautiful body styling came from Ford’s in-house Special Products Division, led by illustrious designers John Reinhart and Gordon Buehrig. While most American luxury cars of the era were slathered with chrome, including the interiors, the Continental was relatively understated in the style of European design, but with all-American power, proportions and features in the elegant package.
Only a few thousand Continentals were sold, most likely because of their startling high prices, and they remain exclusive collector cars. The asking price of $57,500 seems steep, according to the various price guides, but these are special cars of the mid-’50s, and there are collectors who would pay extra for a nice one in such original condition.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day