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1956 Continental Mark II Convertible
1956 Continental Mark II - An American Rolls Royce The new 1956 Continental Mark II was the most luxurious and elegant American car available, designed to recapture the spirit of the great classics of the prewar period—with prices to match. The Mark II sold for $10,000, the equivalent of a new Rolls-Royce or two Cadillacs. In spite of this, Ford estimated they still lost over a thousand dollars per car on the 3,000 that were built. 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 many other celebrities owned them. The Mark II wasn't made by Lincoln,but by the short-lived, Continental Division, of the Ford Motor Company. Its general manager was William Clay 'Bill' Ford, son of Edsel Ford and grandson of Henry Ford. Due to the low volume of cars produced all the 1956-57 Mark II's came out of the factory as 2 door hardtops. A retractable hardtop version was developed for the Mark II, but when it became evident that costs would never be recouped, this mechanism was transferred to the Ford Division and utilized on the 1957-59 Ford retractable hardtops. A soft top convertible was also designed as a "fall back" to the retractable version. Two of Ford's contract coach builders, Derham and Hess & Eisenhardt both estimated a convertible conversion to cost $18,000 to custom build in 1956. That's why there were so few Mark II convertibles produced. It has been determined that only nine Mark II's were professionally converted to convertibles by legitimate coach builders. This stunningly beautiful Silver and Blue 56 Mark II is the last of the nine to be produced and thus has several unique features that separate it from the other eight. These include a stainless steel windshield header that took over 2 ½ weeks to hand form; a modern electric/hydraulic top mechanism; inside of the top is fully lined concealing all of the bows and mechanisms; the top "sail" panels are embroidered with the "Continental "logo. At the time of the conversion, the car underwent a complete "ground-up Concours Quality" restoration using only original equipment or NOS part sand materials. This is truly a "One Off" car that looks and drives as it did when it left the showroom. It has the unique distinction of being the only Continental Mark II convertible in Canada. Today the Mark II is revered as one of the best styled cars of the 1950s. Its good looks are timeless. It rides and drives with a grace and quietness not found in other cars of that era.





1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
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