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.
1947 and 1948 Lincoln Continental
A 1947 and 1948 Lincoln Continentals..the 1948 has had a new interior
installed in it by Steve Holcomb Pro Auto Custom Interiors..Steve does a
very nice job on returning this interior to as good as new...
1958 Continental Convertible (The name "Lincoln" appears on nameplate.)
Here is possibly the lowest mileage 1958 Lincoln Convertible in the world.
It has only 33,000 miles. It was offered for sale on eBay, and I had the
privilege of viewing it for over an hour. The owner was very gracious and
recorded this video clip which shows the car and me walking around it while
I offered my comments. In the video, I state that the car is not a Lincoln,
but, as of December 24, 2011, I believe that it is indeed a Lincoln. The
1956 - 1957 Continental models, which do not carry the "Lincoln" brand
name, represent a solitary, unique automobile make. However, the 1958
Continental, which shares its appearance with the 1958 Lincoln Premiere
and Capril models, does bear on its nameplate the name "Lincoln" in script
and the phrase "Lincoln Division."
We drag 3 model A fords out of a barn in Ga
Massive Barn Find in Portugal
I've identified most of the 180 cars found locked away for 15 years, can
anyone identify any others? I will add them to the video if confirmed 100%.
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