- Engine Size
- 368 Cu. In.
- Transmission Type
- 2 Speed Automatic
1956 Lincoln Mark II
The 1956-57 Continental Mark II will go down in history as one of the most elegant and graceful flops. Certainly not due to any awful mechanical failures, or nagging maintenance issues, but due to the fact that the original car was too expensive! Even the wealthiest elite, would have trouble justifying the cost of this highly appointed automobile.
Dripping with midcentury design elements, this 1956 Mark II has truly witnessed history being kind to her. The current consigner has babied this car, and it has retained all its original charm, and expensive options, all in working condition. One person's loss, mainly Lincoln's stuffed to the brim with options rendering it unaffordable, is another person's gain, in that not many these are still kicking around.
The hardtop two-door coupe has been recently repainted in a beautiful cream. Door jambs are lined in solid shining chrome. The grille, as well as front hood ornamentation are all in excellent condition. The classic rear spare tire bump can be seen on the trunk, as well as the in bumper tailpipes, which GM would later “borrow” for the Cadillac, and Corvette. Clean lines throughout down to the single headlights within rounded fenders, and a hidden gas fill within the taillight surprise the driver when pulled away from the rear driver's fender of the car.
Sky blue tufted, stitched, and buttoned leather insert panels are framed by slightly darker leather surrounds and make up the bench seating for front and back comfort. A split bench configuration allows the rear passengers plenty of access to the rear seat, by folding forward individually. Sky blue and darker door panels are accented with a chrome control panel, and operates the windows, as well as houses the inside door handle, and the obligatory ash tray and electric cigarette lighter. The Jetson's retro styled dash contains all the necessary gauges in a field of stitched pattern chrome, and also includes an AM radio. Air Conditioning, Defrost, Air Venting, and Temperature controls sit in the console in the center of the front bench. Topping off the dash is a beautiful mint green steering wheel.
An overhead valve V8, 368ci engine fed by a Holley downdraft 4-barrel carburetor, produces 285hp and is coupled with a turbo drive 2-speed automatic transmission. The final drive is 3.07:1, and live axles, semi-elliptic leaf springs, temperature-sensitive shock absorbers make up the rear suspension. Front suspension is made up of independent; upper and lower control arms with ball joints, coil springs, temperature-sensitive shock absorbers. Steering is power assisted and allows easy controlling of this large vehicle in the tightest of turns.
Aptly colored, this “cream puff” fully loaded, power assisted everything, presents in very clean, well maintained and cared for condition. Even down to the hood liner which is pristine padded canvas, this high option Continental is true upper echelon mid 50's postmodern luxury definition. A 60+ year old driver, can be taken and enjoyed immediately.