For simply two years within the 1950s, Ford produced a luxurious coupe that rivaled the best manufacturers on the earth, together with Rolls-Royce, in design, high quality and status. The 1956-57 Continental Mark II was a limited-production, hand-crafted magnificence with prodigious efficiency, an array of luxurious options and trim, and styling that also appears to be like contemporary at this time.
The Decide of the Day is a 1956 Continental Mark II that seems to be in effective preserved situation, with low mileage and in good working order.
“Seems to be nice, drives splendidly,” says the Ramsey, Minnesota, seller promoting the coupe on ClassicCars.com. “Miles displaying are 63,566 and by the appears to be like of the automobile, they could possibly be unique miles.”
As is usually the case, the Mark II is erroneously listed within the advert as a Lincoln Continental. Throughout this era, Continental had been spun off by Ford as a standalone model, separate from Lincoln. Nonetheless, Continentals have been bought by Lincoln sellers, which added to the confusion, a scenario that continued till Continental was turned again right into a Lincoln nameplate.
However throughout its reign, the Mark II served as an aspirational dream automobile for Ford, a halo designed to shine its glow on all of the lesser fashions. Priced at a then-lofty $10,000, not lots of them have been bought – simply 2,550 have been constructed for 1956 and 444 for 1957 – which was in all probability a great factor since Ford is claimed to have misplaced $1,000 on each.
However Ford had confirmed its level, that it may produce a world-class luxurious automobile that may evoke the magnificent coachbuilt classics of the 1920s and ’30s. The Mark II nonetheless resonates with collectors, and there’s a sturdy community of followers.
This clear instance has been fitted with “newer exhaust, tires, water pump, gasoline pump, shocks, brakes and extra,” the vendor says. “Chrome is gorgeous. The paint is in glorious situation. Stainless is nice. The physique panels are good and straight.
“It even seems to have the unique carpet, headliner, door panels, leather-based seats and rear package deal tray. This inside is among the greatest you’ll find. Motor runs good and easy. Transmission shifts splendidly and it’s quiet with the newer exhaust. You’ll take pleasure in this for many years to come back.”
With values starting from a mean of $49,400 for a mean Mark II to a excessive of $175,000 for one in concours situation, in line with the Hagerty information, this one appears to be well-priced at $33,980.
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