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1956 Continental Mark II Coupe

1956 Continental Mk II Coupe
CHASSIS NO. C5681051
ENGINE NO. C5681051
$60,000 - $80,000
Without Reserve
Delivered New to Switzerland
Only Three Owners from New
Beautifully Preserved Condition
Low-Mileage Example
Timeless and Elegant Gordon Buehrig Design
American Post-War Luxury-Motoring Icon

368 CID OHV V-8 Engine
4-Barrel Carter Carburetor
285 BHP at 4,800 RPM
3-Speed Turbo-Drive Automatic Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
The Continental Mk II
Spearheaded by the youngest brother of company president Henry Ford II, William Clay Ford, the Continental Mk II appeared in prototype form in late 1954. The new model not only resuscitated the Continental name that had so successfully run between 1939 and 1948, it also sought to establish the moniker as an independent division of Lincoln. Featuring a clean, modern body engineered by legendary Cord designer Gordon Buehrig, the Continental Mk II was an instant classic, effectively countering GM’s special-interest cars in the “personal luxury” sector that embodied the American interpretation of the classic European grand tourer.
This Car
First registered on December 27, 1955, only two months after the Continental Mk II debuted at the Paris Auto Show, this well-preserved example is very likely to be one of the earliest produced. Exported to Europe, this car was purchased new by Mr. Meyer, a Swiss jeweler who optioned the car with the best available interior upholstery of supple white Bridge of Weir leather. Mr. Meyer added bespoke character to this elegant Mk II by removing the mascot and badging, and declining the air-conditioning option, a superfluous feature given the owner’s residence in Zurich. Sold some time later to a gentleman based in Geneva, this Continental was acquired by its current owner in 1987, suggesting that it has enjoyed the exclusive ownership of just three caretakers. Other than a repaint in its original color of navy blue sometime in the early 1980s, this car has undergone no major restorative work, and instead can credit its beautiful presentation to careful preservation. While the luxurious interior leather displays a lovely patina that attests to the car’s originality, the engine and ancillary mechanical systems are reported to run smoothly.

Currently featuring less than 96,000 kilometers on its odometer – an equivalent of approximately 60,000 original miles – this Mk II is an ideally preserved example of one of the earliest models of the lauded Continental. For the collector intent on owning a genuine and authentic product of America’s post-war luxury market, this Continental perfectly showcases Lincoln’s resoundingly successful answer to the challenge of its competitors at the time.

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John "Old School" Dancy, Primos, Pennsylvania, US
"They're only factory original once."
"All of this is assuming that everything else in the system is stock and well maintained."
"Expearence is the abillity to reconise a misteak befor you mak it agan."
"PROGRESS ... NOT PERFECTION!"
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