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).
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).
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.