В 1955 году отделение Линкольн, отвечающее в компании Форд Мотор за выпуск престижных автомобилей, не стало вторично возобновлять производство модели Lincoln Continental. На высшем уровне было принято решение о создании новой престижной марки «Continental». Первой моделью, выпущенной в 1956 году под новым брендом, было купе Continental Mark II, имеющее восьмицилиндровый двигатель объемом 6047 см3 и мощностью 285 лошадиных сил и, что самое главное, свежий современный дизайн. Модель была хорошо принята публикой. Многие известные люди того времени, такие как Элвис Пресли (Elvis Presley), Фрэнк Синатра (Frank Sinatra) и Говард Джонсон (Howard Johnson) поставили машину в свой гараж. Однако стоимость Continental Mark II, на 2000 долларов превышающая цену Кадиллака, катастрофическим образом отразилась на покупательском спросе. В 1957 году автомобиль сняли с производства.
Мало кто знает, что Mark II, в соответствии с первоначальными замыслами, должен был стать открытым автомобилем. Первые наброски были сделаны еще в 1953 году Чарли Фанеуфом (Charley Phaneuf). Однако печальная судьба автомобиля с кузовом купе не дала добраться до сборочной линии великолепному кабриолету.
Тем не менее, два открытых автомобиля на шасси Continental Mark II были собраны. Один из них произвели, по заказу компании Форд, Hess & Eisenhardt, давние партнеры Форда, хорошо известные своим Линкольном, сделанным для Президента Кеннеди. Готовый автомобиль был доставлен дистрибьютору в Чикаго и установлен в демонстрационном зале, как образец будущего кабриолета Mark II.
Второй открытый автомобиль был подготовлен кузовной фирмой Derham к ежегодной Техасской Ярмарке в октябре 1956 года. Кабриолет Continental Mark II изначально был белого цвета, но затем по указанию Уильяма Клея Форда перекрашен и использовался его супругой в качестве разъездного автомобиля. Именно эта машина показана на наших иллюстрациях.
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1956 Continental Mark II
The Continental Mark II was the elite automobile of the 1950s' rich and famous: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Spike Jones, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry J. Kaiser, Howard Johnson, the Shah of Iran, and man….[continue reading]
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The Continental Division was created by Ford Motor Company to produce the Mark II and was folded into Lincoln after production ceased in 1957…..[continue reading]
The Continental Mark II was Lincoln's attempt to revive a successful nameplate from the 1940's. Edsel Ford commissioned the original Continental as a styling exercise. Well-received by Ford's circle of friends, the Continental went into production as….[continue reading]
Chassis Num: C5602845
The Mark II Continental carried a price tag of nearly $10,000 which made it one of the most expensive road-going production vehicles of the time, and very exclusive. Accompanying the Mark II was an assortment of options including Scottish leather an….[continue reading]
Chassis Num: C56C2466
After an 8 year hiatus, the much awaited replacement of the original classic Continental, was hailed as a design success at introduction in 1956. By this time Ford had created a separate Continental Division to better address their luxury car aspira….[continue reading]
Ford Motor Company's 1956 Continental MKII had two missions: to recapture the magic of the original Continental and to displace Cadillac as North America's most sought-after luxury car (even at a financial loss). In an era of excess, chrome trim was….[continue reading]
Chassis Num: C56G3181
Much of the Continental Mark II assembly was done by hand which meant it had a slow-moving production line. It was very expensive and as such, volume was low and it was not a major moneymaker for Ford. It was, however, their flagship vehicle and se….[continue reading]
Chassis Num: C56A1771
Near the close of the 1990s, this car was given a cosmetic restoration and a re-paint in its original rich, dark metallic blue. The current owner acquired the car in 2005 and since than has been given new carpeting, a new steering box, new brakes, a….[continue reading]
The introduction of the Continental Mark II marked the return of a timeless classic originally designed by E.T. 'Bob' Gregorie and Edsel Ford in 1940. With its elegant design and understated beauty, the Mark II reminded the world of just how beautif….[continue reading]
Chassis Num: C56A1762
Built to the special order of Henry Ford II for his wife, C56A1762 was delivered at the factory on November 21, 1955. Unique to D.S.O. #56C-37 were the special combination of interior trim choices and the one-off black canvas top over metal. All powe….[continue reading]
Chassis Num: C56I 3278
Built to the special order of Benson Ford, head of the Lincoln-Mercury Division, C56I 3278 is a late 1956 model invoiced August 29, 1956. He chose 'Green Lucite Metallic' (also called 'Medium Green Iridescent' was to be a 1957-only offering) finish a….[continue reading]
The first Lincoln was built by the Leland brothers but by 1922 the Ford Motor Company had taken over, with Edsel Ford at the helm looking to produce stylish new vehicles. He sought out the finest coachbuilders of the era and by 1930 Lincoln had estab….[continue reading]
The Continental Mark II was only built for 2 years in 1956 and 1957. They were hand built and were to be Ford Motor Company's premier car of the time. Mark II's are not a 'Lincoln' since a separate 'Continental Division' was created to be above Linco….[continue reading]
The Lincoln Continental Mark II was known as 'America's Most Expensive Car' and required twice as many man hours to produce as a standard Lincoln. It was the most expensive motorcar in America, since the Duesenberg, and cost $2,000 more than the most….[continue reading]
Chassis Num: C56C2255
This Continental is presented in Starmist White with Deep Red and White upholstery. It wears an older, high quality restoration with the odometer showing 59,660 miles. It has all of its original brightwork, with the exception of NOS lettering and a h….[continue reading]
Chassis Num: C56F3054
This vehicle was special ordered and built for Josephine Ford, Henry Ford's only granddaughter and largest shareholder in the Ford Motor Company…..[continue reading]
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Car of the Week: 1956 Continental Mark II
By Brian Earnest
There are precious few baby blue 1956 Continental Mark II survivors floating around the country. Since there were only 2,550 Mark IIs built in all colors for that model year, finding one for sale in any color is a triumph.
When George Masters found one available in light blue, he knew he had to pull the trigger and buy it. There was simply no other choice.
“When I was growing up in Bethlehem, PA., in 1964 we went down to Continental Motors in Easton, PA., and sitting there was a light blue Continental Mark II,” recalls Masters, who now lives in Minot, ND. “Three days later it showed up in our garage and I was in seventh heaven.
“I loved that car. I took my driver’s test in 1966 in it. I took it to my senior prom in ’68. We took it to car shows and had it in Macungie in 1964, ‘65 and ’66… I have so many fond memories of that car.”
When Masters came back from the Air Force in 1972, the car had been sitting idle for quite a while, so he decided to buy it from his father and eventually took it west with him to North Dakota. “Then I got into Corvettes … and I sold the Mark II to a guy in Forest River, ND. That was probably around ’76. Then probably 40 years later I got a hankering to have another one.”
Masters had to be patient the second time around since Craigslist and local want ads aren’t exactly teaming with Mark IIs for sale. Eventually, he found a nice example in California.
“I couldn’t find my other one. I looked for it, but never found it. A guy in Morgan Hill, Calif., had this one and I bought it from him,” Masters says. “This one has air conditioning.
Other than that, it’s identical to my other one.
1956 Continental Mark II
GR Auto Gallery is pleased to present this 1 of 7, 1956 Continental Mark II in Summit Green for your consideration. Powering this Mark II is believed to be the original 368 V8 engine mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission, this vehicle runs and drives out well but holds on to that nostalgia feeling throughout.
This Continental comes in the original Summit Green paint complemented by a very nice teal and white leather interior.
This Mark II features; new hood hinges, a new brake system, new window motors, working radio, working heat, 7 ashtrays, power windows, power brakes, power steering, Goodyear whitewall tires, original spare, and many more ahead of its time features.
This Continental is a show winner and has most recently won an award at the 2021 Eyes on Design car show. So if you are in the market for one of the most timeless classy rides out there, this is the car for you! Please call or email with any questions or for additional information.
The Continental Mark II is an ultra-luxury coupé that was sold by the Continental Division of Ford for the 1956 and 1957 model years. The only product line ever marketed by Continental during its existence, the Mark II served as the worldwide flagship vehicle of Ford Motor Company.
The vehicle derived its name from European manufacturing practice, with «Mark II» denoting a second-generation (succeeding the 1939–1948 Lincoln Continental). As the most expensive American-produced automobile of the time, the Mark II was marketed against the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.
Produced solely as a two-door hardtop coupe, the Mark II used standard Lincoln mechanical components, including its «Y-block» V8 and automatic transmission. The rest of the vehicle was largely hand-assembled, leading Ford to lose thousands of dollars for each example produced.
Following the 1957 model year, Ford discontinued its flagship Continental division, with the division phased into Lincoln from 1958. For 1969, Ford revived the chronology of the Mark series with the debut of the (second) Continental Mark III coupe, leading to five successive generations; the model line currently ends with the 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII coupe.
In modified form, Lincoln still uses the four-point star emblem introduced by the Mark II; each version of the Mark series (and the 1982-1987 Lincoln Continental, as well as the 1977-1980 Lincoln Versailles) was styled with a «Continental» spare-tire trunk lid.
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Curbside Classic: 1956 Continental Mark II – Caught In The Pincers
(curbside Mark II photos by robadr)
There were three primary reasons Ford spent (and lost) a whole lot of money on the Continental Mark II: 1.
To recapture the glamor of its 1939-1948 Continental as well as the classic Lincoln K Models of the 1930s. 2.
To show that it could build a car to the same world-class standards (and price) as a Rolls-Royce or Mercedes 300. 3. To crush Cadillac as the nation’s premier luxury car builder.
This obviously shows that in the early fifties Ford was being led by car guys, not savvy marketers, astute executives or bean counters.
Henry Ford II was still young and full of chutzpah, and he and his brother Bill were out to beat GM; all of it! After the come-back success of the Ford brand in the early 50s, they were ready for more. The 1956 Continental was the first shot; the 1958 Edsel the second. Both flops.
But how else to learn the car business? Bill Ford was crushed by the failure of the Continental; Henry merely chastened. But the lessons learned served Ford well, even if they were expensive. And they still apply today.
The original Continental, the result of a fortuitous collaboration between Edsel Ford and the head of Ford’s Design Department, E. T. “Bob” Gregorie, started out as a one-off custom for Edsel, and became a production model and a phenomena by popular demand.
The fact that it had very prosaic underpinnings of the Lincoln Zephyr, a mid-priced car, and something of an 10/8 scale Ford, with the customary solid axles front and rear suspended by Model T-style transverse springs, and was powered by a rather notoriously unreliable flathead V12.
But none of that diminished its allure, thanks to its seductive chopped and channeled body and longer hood. In more ways than one, it was the true prototype of the popular American luxury car: style over substance.
Although the Continental was priced at an 80-95% premium over its donor Zephyr (coupe and convertible), it wasn’t really all that expensive, with the 1940 coupe’s price of $2,783 ($47,533 adjusted, but making inflation adjustments prior to the 1960s becomes increasingly misleading to to the growth in real incomes). In any case, the Continental was priced at roughly one half of the senior Lincoln Model K and comparable Cadillacs and Packards.