1956 Continental Mark II Convertible Convertible Vehicle Profile

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible photograph

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Convertible
In 1956, Lincoln-Mercury dealers wanted something that would draw an even higher caliber customer to their showrooms. With increased competition from various British and German auto makers vying for a piece of the luxury car market, the Continental MK II was introduced as a separate, higher level offering.

The Continental was technically not a Lincoln since it was manufactured by Ford's new Continental division. It was built between 1956 and 1957 and drew its inspiration from the original Continental. The cars were sold and serviced through Lincoln dealers and used a Lincoln drivetrain. These elegant cars were designed to be the most luxurious and elegant American car available. They were fitted with power steering, brakes, windows, seats and vent windows. Most of the production was hand-built. Power was from a 368 cubic-inch V8 engine offering 285 horsepower and the price tag was a staggering $10,000, the price of two Cadillacs. Production was understandably low, with only 2,550 were delivered in 1956 with another 444 in 1957 before being discontinued.

Originally penned as a convertible back in 1953, the MK II was introduced as a two-door luxury coupe. Though a convertible was never cataloged, Ford commissioned one by coachbuilder Derham of Rosemont, Pennsylvania. It appeared as the centerpiece of Ford's auto show exhibits for 1956, but the car never went into production. There were two Mark IIs damaged during shipping from Allen Park to Chicago, and the cars were refused by the dealers. Ford Marketing in Chicago sent the cars to Hess & Eisenhardt in Cincinnati, had them crafted into convertibles to gauge public interest in the concept, then later used them as dealer demonstrators.

The stock Continental frame was designed with a convertible body in mind. To further enhance the chassis, Hess & Eisenhardt used 1/4-inch plate steel, along with tubular cross-braces welded in an X to further support the A and B pillars. Then a sub-structure was fabricated to support the heavy convertible top. Hess & Eisenhardt then fitted a power top mechanism that was driven by a power pack located in the trunk.

This example was originally painted black and was re-painted green in the 1960's, and then refinished again in 1994.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2 DOOR COUPE
Chassis#: C5691231
Sold for $71,500
  2014 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II CUSTOM TOPLESS ROADSTER
Chassis#: C5613309
Sold for $39,050
  2014 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: C56D2830
Sold for $39,600
  2014 Barrett-Jackson - Reno Tahoe
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II
Sold for $42,000
  2014 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 56
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C56E2943
Sold for $50,400
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 368/300 HP, Automatic
Sold for $62,000
  2013 Mecum - Kansas City
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for $40,700
  2013 Worldwide Auctions - The Burt Collection
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for $18,500
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Dallas 2013
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Convertible
Sold for $82,500
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Continental Mark II Convertible's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$45,000  
1956 LINCOLN MARK II 2014 Mecum Houston$37,500  
1956 Lincoln Mark II 2013 Mecum Auction Chicago$28,000  

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