1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Hardtop Coupe – A Classic for the Rich and Famous


Publish date: 2016-11-30 12:23:18
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Hardtop Coupe

During the 1950s, the Lincoln Continental Mark II was a popular personal luxury car for the rich and famous such as Elvis Presley, Louie Prima, Frank Sinatra, Dwight Eisenhower, the Shah of Iran, and Nelson Rockefeller.

The Continental Mark II was first introduced on October 5, 1955, with a price of $10,000, it was 50% more expensive than the most expensive Cadillac model at that time. With a long stylish hood and small passenger cabin, it was intended to be a personal luxury car and not a family hauler. The trunk was shaped to mount the spare tire in a semi-upright position. The Continental Mark II retained the beautiful combination of sportiness and elegance of the first Lincolns and successfully became the “modern classic” which was what Ford designed it to be.

1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Hardtop Coupe engine

The Continental Mark II was incredibly well built which rivaled the detailed construction of the luxurious Rolls Royce cars. It took a lot of time and effort to build each Mark II and the attention to every detail is outstanding. All of the external chrome were put to a salt spray test for 10 days. The transmission was also put under serious testing before they were mounted to the car. After completion, each car went under a full dynamometer test. After the body was completed and the tests have been passed, it is painted using only lacquer. A total of 14 quality control areas were scattered in every critical area of the entire assembly line. After it was finished, the car then goes through a series of road tests before finally sent to the showroom.

1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Hardtop Coupe dashboard

The Continental Mark II was mostly constructed by hand which made it a very slow process to produce each car. Topped with a very high price, the Mark II was never meant to be a sold in numbers but was a top of the line luxury model for Lincoln. It probably did not make a lot of money for Ford but it made Lincoln as one of the top American car manufacturers. In 1956, only 1,325 Mark IIs were built. Because of its significant contributions to Lincoln, it has been recognized by the Milestone Car Society as a Milestone Car.

This featured 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Hardtop Coupe comes in an elegant White finish with a black leather interior. The body and paint are still original and looks stunning. Like how any luxury car should be, it is loaded with features such as power windows, power seats, power locks, power steering, power brakes, and factory tachometer. It also comes with the optional air conditioning unit that still functions. It is powered by its original 368 ci overhead valve V8 engine that produces 285 horsepower. The engine is connected to a 3-speed Turbo-Drive automatic transmission which makes it a very comfortable cruiser with respectable power. With only a 2-year production run, the Mark II is a highly sought after classic that is adored by many collectors.

1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II

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