<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262

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Lot 32
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe

US$ 100,000 - 150,000
€ 93,000 - 140,000
To be sold without reserve
Withdrawn
From the Collection of T.J. Day
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe
Chassis no. C5613262

368 cubic inch pushrod overhead valve V-8
300bhp
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Power Assisted Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Coil Spring Independent Front Suspension
Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Wheelbase 126"

*Less than 20,000 miles from new
*Power steering, brakes and locks
*Comprehensive, frame-off restoration
*Spare, tool and jack to accompany


THE LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II

Edsel Ford returned from Europe in 1938 having toured the automobile salons of the Continent and brimming with ideas. Edsel had quietly, subtly, influenced Ford's design since his father bought Lincoln from Henry Leland and, basically, given it to Edsel to make a sales success of the superbly engineered, but conservatively bodied Leland Lincoln.

The first Continental was built as a Zephyr-based one-off for Edsel in 1939 embodying his thoughts on Continental concepts. Its long hood, streamlined fenders, enclosed rear wheels, absence of running boards and generous 4-place passenger compartment had Edsel's society circle clamoring for copies. It went into production in 1940 and was continued with only detail changes after the war. Production ended in 1948 and dealers clamored for a similar halo car to draw attention to their showrooms.

In 1952, a Ford committee approved a project to create another Continental. 26-year old William Clay Ford was placed in charge with a 50-week timeline to develop a design. Special Product Operations, as the team was known, took six months to develop its first proposal. It was summarily rejected by Henry Ford II. They then brought in four independent design consultants, all recognized talents with connections to Ford.

Presented to Ford's board in April 1953 with identically colored, identically presented and scaled views, one winner was unanimously selected by the Ford hierarchy: the Special Product Operations concept. It epitomized the long hood, compact passenger tonneau, short deck of the original Continental, transformed by a decade of new technology, materials and production methods.

Unlike its predecessor in 1940, the Continental Mark II was a completely new automobile based on little or nothing in Ford Motor's inventory. It shared Lincoln's 368 cubic inch overhead valve V-8 slightly boosted to 300 hp and the proven 3-speed automatic transmission. Nearly everything possible was standard equipment: power brakes and steering, speed sensing front shocks, power windows and seat, automatic headlight dimmers, signal seeking radio. The sole option was air conditioning, with outside air intakes in the rear fender projections, a feature credited to Bill Ford's sensitivity. The A/C ducts ran through the headliner evenly distributing cool air to front and rear seats.

The seats dropped within the circumferential frame lowering the roofline to a fragile 56 inches. Continental's flanks were smooth, its fender line straight through except for the small rise at the C-pillar. Chrome was limited to necessary trim items. The only concession to Continental styling was the subtle spare wheel projection on the rear deck.

Because of the step-down seating there was no room for the exhaust system. It was routed through the frame rails. A tubular crossmember did double duty as the power brakes vacuum reservoir. Only the finest materials were used. Continentals were shipped to dealers wrapped in fleece-lined cocoons to protect the paint.

Listed at a few dollars under $10,000, a Continental Mark II cost nearly half as much as a new house in America in 1956, well over double the average American's annual income. It wasn't for everyone, but its style, design, quality and features accomplished exactly what Ford Motor Company intended, focusing attention on the style, performance and quality of Lincoln, Mercury and Ford automobiles. Just under 3,000 were built in the two years it was offered.
Did Ford lose $1,000 on every one built? Probably, but it made it back several times over in publicity and prestige.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Keck/Day Continental was won in a raffle in the Fifties by Willametta Keck Day and is believed to have been new at the time. It has never left the family's possession, passing first to T.J. Day's sister, then to T.J. Day. It is completely unrestored and original, showing a believed original 19,964 miles on the odometer. It is a remarkably and affectionately preserved example of one of the most prestigious but also meticulously designed, styled and built automobiles of the Fifties, or any other era.

It is fully equipped, as all Continentals were, with everything except air conditioning and is beautifully presented in white with light blue Bridge of Weir leather. Having always lived in California or at the edge of the desert in Reno it has never been exposed to adverse conditions nor driven on corrosive salted winter roads and is truly a Preservation Class automobile. It has recently been fully serviced and is ready to be driven and enjoyed.

Turn on the Town & Country radio, and it probably plays Frank Sinatra.
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<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
<b>1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe</b><br /> Chassis no. C5613262
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