1. 1956 Continental Mark II Coupe

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Lot Number
44
1956 Continental Mark II Coupe
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $130,000
CHASSIS NO: C56P3557
• Exceedingly rare example of a true postwar classic
• Striking presentation and livery; rare air-conditioning option
• The choice of the top luminaries of the late 1950s
• Benefiting from photo-documented, “nut and bolt” restoration
• Provenance includes 30 years of single-family ownership
• Glamorous investment-grade 1950s hand-built luxury car

368 cid OHV V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 285 HP, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126"


“To craft the finest automobiles in America” – this was the mandate of Ford Motor Company’s proud but short-lived Continental Division. A direct challenge to Cadillac and Packard, the dashing Continental Mark II of 1956-57 was a radical departure for Ford Motor Company. So much so, in fact, that it was not even badged as a top-of-the-line Lincoln. Instead, the car was formally launched at the 1955 Paris Salon as the lead product of the new Continental Division of the Ford Motor Company, with its own assembly plant located on Detroit’s Oakwood Boulevard. Endowed with excellent bodylines worthy of any Italian designer’s pen and tasteful, almost minimalistic adornments, the Mark II possessed an understated beauty that emphasized elegance, rather than flamboyance. Key design cues included proportions similar to those of the concurrent two-seater Thunderbird, as well as an homage to the original Edsel Ford/Bob Gregorie-designed Continentals of the 1940s, a molded trunk lid in the shape of a concealed spare tire. Under the four-pointed star on the hood, which would later serve proudly as the Lincoln Division emblem, rested a dynamometer-tested 368 cubic-inch V-8 engine rated at nearly 300 horsepower and advanced automatic transmission.

Largely hand-built, the Mark II was truly a product of exceptional quality with only the finest materials used throughout. Even the Mark II’s comprehensive array of instrumentation displayed the precision of a finely crafted European heirloom timepiece. The Continental Division also 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 flagship line should be the best. The standard four-way power front seat could be covered in top-quality, blemish-free Bridge of Weir Scottish leather, or a number of fine and fashionable fabrics, including matelassé, brocade, and broadcloth patterns. In all, there were no fewer than 43 standard upholstery choices to complement the 19 standard lacquer exterior paint finishes. Other standard Mark II features included power-operated steering, brakes, radio antenna, and windows, plus tinted glass, a dual heating system, premium Travel-Tuner AM radio with twin speakers, a self-regulating electric clock, fully carpeted trunk, and engine dress-up kit. In fact, 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 within the headliner to deliver refreshingly cool air to the Mark II’s fortunate occupants.

This comprehensive level of quality and detail did not come cheaply; even with a sticker price of some $10,000, Ford reportedly lost an estimated $1,000 on every Mark II built. Nonetheless, the Mark II shared the same target clients as Rolls-Royce, netting valuable publicity for Ford Motor Company. Notably, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Rockefeller, and WW II Supreme Allied Commander and 1950s U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower were all proud Mark II owners. Prior to its public release, 1,300 were sold, with another 1,300 sold during the first year of production. Elegant is the best word to describe the example offered here. Blessed with excellent provenance including more than 30 years of single-family ownership, it benefits handsomely from a complete photo-documented, "nut and bolt" restoration and stands today as one of the nicest examples of these premium cars available. The light blue exterior beautifully complements the lines of this iconic classic, the beautiful white and blue leather interior is virtually flawless, and the rare air-conditioning system has been effectively upgraded to modern specification. The original parts accompany the car. Needing only an enthusiastic new owner, this exceptionally presented and truly rare 1956 Continental Mark II “ticks all the boxes”.

1956 Continental Mark II Coupe
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