<b>1956 Continental Mark II</b><br />Chassis no. C56S3913

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1956 Continental Mark II
Design by Gordon Buehrig
Sold for US$ 58,240 inc. premium

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1956 Continental Mark II
Design by Gordon Buehrig

Chassis no. C56S3913

368ci OHV V8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
285bhp at 4,800rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*The most expensive American car of its day
*Elegant Cobalt Blue Metallic Paint
*In the care of very few owners from new
*Legendarily luxurious model of its era


THE LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

Lincoln's new Continental debuted at the Paris Salon in October of 1955. The supremely elegant model was the work of a team including American styling icon Gordon Buehrig, William Clay Ford, and John Reinhart. Under the lovely skin lurked a powerful overhead valve engine mated to an automatic transmission. Front suspension was independent, with a live axle bringing up the rear. Standard equipment included power steering, brakes and front seat, as well as a radio, heater, and whitewall tires. Maybe the most astonishing feature of the Continental Mk II was its $10,000 price tag. To put things in perspective, top of the line Packards had cost around $6,000, with a Cadillac Eldorado Seville selling for about $6,500.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The dignified Cobalt Blue Metallic paint of this Continental Mark II perfectly complements the graceful lines, and the two-tone Blue and White leather interior ensures the occupants plenty of mid-century luxury. Furthermore, the suite of power features from the seats to the windows to the brakes and steering mean that little effort needs to be exerted by those lucky enough to find themselves behind the wheel. While the exact date of the restoration is not known, it presumably occurred sometime in the vehicle's not too distant past, evidenced by the minimal wear to be found throughout. Over the last half century, this luxury cruiser is believed to have only had three owners.

Sitting alongside its contemporaries, the gracefulness of the Mark II becomes immediately apparent. The restrained use of chrome (for the period) and wonderful proportions have ensured that the design has maintained the same level of elegance it did upon leaving the showroom 50 years ago. Sitting atop the American Luxury food chain at a time when the States was experiencing unprecedented success, the Continental represents the very best of post-war America.
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