1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II COUPE


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1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II COUPE

1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II COUPE
Sold for US$ 63,800 inc. premium
The Scottsdale Auction
11:00 MST
Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Chassis no. C56B2094

368ci OHV V8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
300bhp at 5,400rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Exceptionally well-presented Continental Mark II
*Believed to have less than 21,000 miles from new
*Long-time California car
*Multiple concours-winning example
*Offered with manuals, tools and history file

THE MODEL LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

The Continental name has long been associated with Lincoln's top model, but that wasn't always the case. Back in 1939, the name was first applied to a custom Lincoln Zephyr-based confection that Ford styling chief, Eugene T. 'Bob' Gregory developed as Edsel Ford's personal car. Then president of Lincoln, the younger Ford wanted a stylish one-off car to use at the family's home in Florida. The elegant V-12 powered car proved so popular with the "right" set that Ford put it into production for 1940.

Although those first Continentals are highly coveted today, they weren't the only elegant Lincolns to wear the nameplate. The model was continued for 1941 and 1942 before auto production screeched to a halt. After World War II, the Continental—with a mild facelift—was continued for 1946 and lived on through 1948. However, both the Continental name and its place in the Lincoln lineup would go missing for 1949.

When it came time to develop an all-new car that was to be America's finest luxury vehicle, it was a natural decision to revive the Continental moniker. Unlike the revival of so many name plates from the past—GTO, Cougar, Thunderbird—the new Continental Mark II of 1956 was the worthiest of successors.

Lincoln's new Continental debuted at the Paris Salon in October 1955. The supremely elegant Continental was the work of a team including American styling icon Gordon Buehrig, William Clay Ford, and John Reinhart. Under the lovely skin lurked a powerful 300 horsepower overhead valve engine mated to an automatic transmission. Front suspension was independent, with a live axle bringing up the rear. Braking was by drums at all corners. Standard equipment included power steering, brakes and front seat, as well as a radio, heater, and whitewall tires. The option list was exceedingly short and consisted of little more than air conditioning. However, the most astonishing feature of the Continental Mk II was its $10,000 price tag. To put things in perspective, top of the line Packards cost around $6,000, with a Cadillac Eldorado Seville selling for about $6,500. The trouble was that even at $10,000 Lincoln lost money on each car.

Although the Continental Mark II is a big car, weighing 4,800 pounds and rolling on a 126-inch wheelbase, its perfect proportions effectively disguise its size. With simple lines and restrained—for the period—use of chrome, the Mark II looks as fresh today as it did 50 years ago.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This low-mileage, multiple-concours winning example, displays an exceptional restoration, and must be one of the finest Continentals available today. The luxurious Lincoln Continental was purchased new as a wedding gift in 1956, by Fred Lagomarsino, for his bride Claribel Lagomarsino. The couple would settle down in Tulare, California, where the car would remain for the next 32 years.

Dr. Peter Kruger also of Tulare purchased the Continental Coupe in 1988, at which point the car had accumulated just over 20,239 miles. Dr. Kruger had been actively involved with the Lincoln Continental Owners Club for 25 years, and his Continentals were recognized as exceptional examples, having won all the LCOC Major Trophies. Dr. Kruger repainted the car in the original white, but left the balance of the cars cosmetics alone due to their exceptional original and well-preserved conditions.

The beautiful Continental would soon after make its first appearance on the concours scene. At the September 1988 LCOC Western National Meet the white Coupe won 1st in Class; Best V-8 Engine and the coveted Ford Motor Company Trophy for the best Mark II against a field of 7 Mark II Continentals. The concours-winning Continental was later purchased by prominent collector Abbey Silverstone, and remained in Mr. Silverstone's possession until it was purchased by the consignor; a California-based enthusiast with a taste for the best of the best. During Mr. Silverstone's ownership the Continental was kept in a climate controlled environment, and used sparingly.

Today, this luxurious Continental remains in exceptional condition. The odometer reads less than 21,000 miles; a figure indeed believed to be the cars mileage from new. The car is offered with an original owner's manual, factory service manual, LCOC manuals, tools and history file.

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