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Continental MkII

Year: 1956|Miles: 51,000|Ext: Black|Int: Red and White |call for price|

We are very pleased to feature this wonderful 1956 Continental MkII; a fine example that has had just four owners from new and remains in largely original condition showing just over 51,000 miles. It is presented in the most elegant combination of black over two-tone deep red/white leather. This car has been lovingly cared for since day one, and has never had a complete tear down and restoration, though some restoration work has been done over the years to preserve its highly original condition.
Serial Number C56E2897 was originally delivered to a Seattle Mercury dealership owned by Lee Moran. Mr. Moran purchased 2897 as his personal car, which he enjoyed for several years until his untimely passing in a plane crash in 1962. The car remained registered with the Lee Moran Company until 1971 when it was then sold to Ed and Barbara Bichich, also of Washington State. The couple enjoyed the Continental for 41 years until the widowed Mrs. Bichich sold the car to Mr. Bailey of Kirkland, Washington.
In 2013, #2897 found its way to the East Coast where it underwent some careful preservation work, light paintwork and detailing as well as a mechanical servicing. Today, the fabulous MkII presents in beautifully preserved condition with largely original black lacquer paint remaining in very good order, showing some minor crazing in certain light, but maintaining a deep gloss and attractive luster. The original chrome remains in excellent condition, having been simply polished to return to its former glory. The bodywork is very straight and the big doors and panels fit well, showing the meticulous build quality these cars received when they were new.
Inside, the luxurious cabin is trimmed as original in deep red and white Bridge of Weir leather, with deep pile Wilton wool carpeting in red. The upholstery remains in very good condition, with one small repair made during the preservation process, but showing beautifully with original chrome trim, steering wheel and instruments in fine condition.
The big Lincoln-sourced V8 displaces 368 cubic inches (or about 6.0 liters) and is mated to a Lincoln automatic transmission. For the Continental MkII, however, each engine was hand assembled after being balanced and blueprinted for added refinement, and could produce upward of 300 horsepower in late specification. The engine on our featured car runs beautifully, exhibiting no issues and appearing very nicely presented thanks to recent detailing and paint work.
These prestigious, luxurious Continentals rank as some of the finest, most beautiful American cars ever produced. Due to their cost and complexity, few have been treated to the care and attention that this example has enjoyed. With its impeccable style and meticulously preserved condition, this outstanding Continental MkII represents an astounding value in the collector car market and is well suited for show or regular enjoyment on the road.

Ford had originally formulated the Continental nameplate as a model within the Lincoln division that would take the place of the hugely expensive coachbuilt K-Series as well as the price-leading Zephyr. The Continental proved to be a very popular model that bridged the pre-war and post-war era, earning the distinction of the last V12 powered American production car. But despite its success, the model was discontinued in 1948 in an effort to consolidate production and move Lincoln closer to Mercury in terms of product offerings.
In 1956, however, Ford was riding high with a booming economy and decided the time was right to add a flagship marque to their lineup. They revived the Continental name for a new, stand-alone division that was charged with producing the finest luxury automobile in the world. The Continental Motor Division stood apart and independently from Lincoln, and its first and only model, the Mark II would prove to be one of the most beautiful, expensive and advanced American cars of the day. The John Reinhart-designed body was beautifully styled with crisp clean lines; free of de rigueur tail fins, and needless chrome embellishments. With its 126-inch wheelbase and two-door hardtop body, it was a most fantastically elegant machine. At $10,000 in 1956, it was also very expensive, costing nearly as much as an equivalent Rolls-Royce or Mercedes-Benz 300D. Each MkII was essentially hand built, and each one cost Ford at least $1000 in losses. Despite its exquisite beauty and world-class quality, the Continental MkII was canceled after just two years and 2,996 units. For 1958, the division would be folded back into the auspices of Lincoln.

  • Desirable 1956 Continental MkII
  • Very original condition
  • 51,000 miles
  • Full Provenance
  • Only 2,996 units produced