Power was provided by the 368 CID Lincoln engine which was new for ’56 and transmitted through Lincoln’s Turbo-Drive automatic transmission. Combined features of near perfect proportions of a long hood and short rear deck the Mark II was destined to be a classic milestone car immediately.Also in an era of excess and excessive use of chrome the Mark II proved that less was more when it came to bodyside trim with chrome only to be used around the window areas and on the rocker panel.
Turbo-Drive automatic transmission,Air conditioning,Rear seat center armrest,Full floor carpeting,Heater & defroster,Electric clock,AM radio,Tachometer,Power front seat adjustment,Power windows,Power vent windows,Trunk carpeting,Chrome window surround moldings,Rocker panel molding,Power steering,Power brakes,Full wheel covers.Being an exclusive, essentially hand built automobile, the Continental initially sold well but demand fell quickly as the market for $10,000 automobiles in the mid to late fifties was not large! Few changes were seen on the second year Mark II with the engine having higher compression resulting in a small upgrade in horsepower along with a few tweaks to the chassis which made the car very slightly lighter.
Only 2,550 Mark II’s were built in 1956 and even less, 444 in 1957 the second and last year of production. Ford had not originally seen the Mark II as a profit maker, even at the then breathtaking $10,000 mark, yet because Ford lost some $1,000 on each one sold the production ceased in 1957.These cars were notorious for rust problems making this particular example exceptionally rare and unusual, obviously an always garaged example with no signs of any accidents or rust ever!
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