You are looking at a gorgeous and luxurious 1956 Continental Mark II! Many folks call it a Lincoln Continental but it is not a Lincoln, it is a Continental.
After an eight-year hiatus, for the 1956 model year, the Continental nameplate made its return; to launch the vehicle, Ford created a namesake Continental division centered around its new flagship vehicle. To again highlight the European influence of the original Continental, Ford assigned the "Mark II" suffix to the new Continental (also in an effort to distinguish itself from the similar Bentley Continental). Slotted (far) above Lincoln-Mercury, Continentals would be marketed and serviced through the Lincoln dealership network.
At its 1956 launch, the Continental Mark II was the most expensive automobile sold by a domestic manufacturer in the United States, rivaling the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. At $10,000, the Mark II (equivalent to nearly $90,000 in 2016) cost the same as five Ford Customlines. With a large number of power-equipment features included, the Mark II was offered with only a single option: air conditioning priced at $595. On a unique, low-slung chassis sharing its 126-inch wheelbase dimension with the Lincoln Capri and Premiere, the Mark II was assembled with its own body panels and interior; each vehicle was hand-built, with hand-sanding and finishing of body panels. In several elements of its design, the Mark II broke from American styling precedent. As with a Rolls-Royce or Mercedes-Benz 300d, the Mark II essentially restricted chrome trim to the window trim, grille, and bumpers. With a nearly flat hood and trunklid, the Mark II was also designed with neither tailfins (prominent on American sedans) nor pontoon fenders (then current in Europe). Rather than a separate assemblage the "Continental spare tire" was now integrated into the deck lid stamping, serving to accommodate the vertically-mounted spare tire beneath. In total, 2,996 Continental Mark IIs were produced (including two prototype convertibles). As a consequence of the nearly hand-built construction, Ford estimated it lost nearly $1000 on every Continental Mark II produced. After 1957, the Mark II was discontinued; the Continental Division was re-branded as a competitor to Imperial and Cadillac (rather than Rolls-Royce and Bentley).. The AC unit was mounted in the trunk and ducked up behind the rear seat in front of the rear windshield. The Continental that I am offering is one of the factory Air Conditioned cars. This is an amazing car that was one of the most luxurious coupes that you could get in its day! It actually cost twice what a 62 series Cadillac cost and almost as much as a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. In its day, this was luxury at its absolute best. This is a super solid and beautifully painted coupe with a re-built engine and re-built transmission. I have the receipts to prove it. The headlight bezels where just re-chromed and that alone cost almost $600.00. I have a folder full of records for the new owner! The former owner also kept a day by day note book of much of the work he did on the car each day about a decade or more ago. I feel that my price of $30,000.00 is very realistic for a classic car like this one with the potential that this vehicle has. We offer a 90 day lay away on many of our vehicles. Just break the cost of the vehicle into 4 equal payments 30 days apart, and then you can take possession of the vehicle. I might consider a possible trade, what do you have? What are you looking for? Lets talk!!! I sure would love to make this Classic yours. What can I do to make that happen? If this Classic is the vehicle of your dreams then the best time to buy it is BEFORE someone else does. NOW is the time. The customer who looked at it yesterday and said I will buy it tomorrow MAY come back and buy it today while you are waiting to buy it tomorrow. Do not wait another minute. Give me a call right NOW so we can make this beauty yours. RIGHT NOW. Y