1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II – Today’s Luxo Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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A 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II in front of the Continental Division HQ A 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II in front of the Continental Division HQ
Elvis Presley and his 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Elvis Presley and his 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Press Shot 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Press Shot

Whitewalls and a shedload of chrome

The Lincoln Continental Mark II is a large-sized, personal luxury vehicle built by the Continental Division of the Ford Motor Company.  

Released in 1956, the Continental was, at the time, Ford’s flagship model. In fact, until the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, the Continental was the most expensive American-made car, with a base price of $10,000.

Power was derived from a 368 cubic-inch (6.0lt) big-block V8 that produced 285hp (213kW) and 545Nm of torque.

The shove from this massive lump of bent-eight iron was sent to the Continentals rear wheels via a three-speed ‘Turbo-Drive’ automatic transmission.

Due to its high price tag and relatively short production lifespan, the Continental Mark II is an exceedingly rare car, with only just over 3000 ever being produced.

This particular Continental Mark II is a 1956 model and, according to the seller, the vehicle has had over $40,000 spent on refurbishment since it was first imported into Australia in 2015.

The seller adds that the vehicle is only being put on the market due to a change in the owner’s circumstances and it is a very regretful sale.

The lovely looking Continental is $120,000 and anyone interested in this opulent American classic can view the full listing.

                       

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