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1956 Continental Mark II Coupe Vehicle Profile

1956 Continental Mark II photograph

1956 Continental Mark II photograph

1956 Continental Mark II photograph

1956 Continental Mark II photograph

1956 Continental Mark II photograph

1956 Continental Mark II photograph

1956 Continental Mark II photograph

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The Continental Mark II was an ultra-luxury, essentially hand-built coupe introduced in October of 1955 at the Paris Motor Show. They were sold through Ford's Continental Division and at the time, they were the most expensive American-produced automobile sold in the United States. The only option offered being a $595 air conditioner.

The long and graceful hood concealed a 368 cubic-inch Lincoln Y-block V8 engine backed by a three-speed automatic transmission. The engines were effectively factory-blueprinted with each unit being disassembled and reassembled after numerous quality-control and performance inspections. These powerplants were connected to a specially tested 'Turbo-Drive' three-speed Lincoln automatic transmission. As a Lincoln product, albeit devoid of the 'Lincoln' nameplate, they shared design cues with the standard Lincoln model line. The limited-production Mark II two-door coupe was built under the direction of 26-year-old William Clay Ford, who was Henry Ford II's younger brother. The younger Ford was put in charge of a new 'Continental Division,' which created the Mark II.

1956 Continental Mark II Coupe by Derham

The most recent owner of this Continental acquired it from a no-reserve eBay auction paying just under $25,000. It was located in a garage on a street that was not able to accommodate the 48-foot truck that had been sent to collect it. So a tow truck was dispatched to retrieve the car which was leaning to one side due to the two flat tires. When the car arrived at the new owner's house several days later, another tow truck was commissioned to pull the vehicle off the trailer. Upon inspection, the vehicle was found to be in poor condition - even worse than advertised - and a lot of work was needed.

Over three-and-a-half years and nearly 5,500 hours worth of work went into restoring the vehicle to its present condition. Since the Classic Car Club has the surviving records of Derham Custom Coach Works of PA, they were consulted to ensure accuracy. Black and white photos of the vehicle taken in 1955 outside of Derham's factory give hints that it may have originally worn a burgundy exterior - the color it wore when it rolled off the trailer. Its ownership history was tracked down to an individual named John Barnes of Osterville, MA.

This car is known as an introductory model - an early example of 100 units that were sent to dealers on consignment. The vehicles were elegant and unique but their $13,500 price tag made them five times the amount of a new Chevrolet. Mr. Barnes was one of the few who could afford such a luxurious vehicle and decided to buy it if could house his golf clubs. Although the trunk appears large and more than capable of accomodating such a request, a spare tire residing in the trunk limited the storage capacity. The only way to access any usable space was to reach over the spare tire.

To accommodate Mr. Barnes' request, the car was sent to Derham where the hump was shaved off the trunk lid, and the spare tire was moved to a Continental Kit location which extended the car's length by 18-inches. A cantilever mechanism was designed to slide the spare tire out with ease, allowing access to the trunk. The area previously occupied by the spare tire was transformed into a minibar and concealed with a covering.

Along with the Continental Kit, the rear passenger windows were removed and replaced with limousine-style windows, similar to those found on a 1936 Ford Coupe. The roof section was famed out in steel and wood and covered in metal and eventually padded with an Irish linen top, resulting in an ostentatious appearance, similar to a Howard 'Dutch' Darrin design bestowed upon Packards of the late 1930s.

The Restoration
Approximately 141 pictures had been included with the eBay listing which described the vehicle as sitting inside on blocks since 1985. When it arrived in Pennsylvania and into the care of its new owner, the vehicle was found to be undrivable, as the brake pedal went straight to the floor, and 2 cylinders needed valves (among a list of other issues).

As is the case with many restorations, the work is much harder than expected and numerous attempts are needed to achieve perfection. In this case, the exterior was stripped, sandblasted, and painted, requiring four attempts to get right (er, perfect). Rippling paintwork, lost parts, and items installed incorrectly lengthened the restoration's completion date. Three sets of brakes were installed in a quest to find a compatible unit. The original windshield had rub marks and road dust which did not fully go away after buffering and grit sandings. So an original windshield was sourced and installed, but immediately split. Another original windshield was tracked down, installed, but after moving the car, it too split. A third windshield was acquired and this time it was carefully 'sanded' down along the perimeter. After careful installation, the windshield remains intact. Even the claimed-OEM rubber seals for the window vents did not fit and had to be carefully re-worked and adjusted to fit correctly.

The interior color selection was another lengthy and meticulous process, with various colors tested (sprayed on the interior seats by a paint shop that makes leather dyes) to find a suitable shade that complemented the exterior.

The car was shown at the Boca Raton Concours and the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, winning honors at both. After these shows, a leak was discovered in the transmission which required the entire engine to be pulled out of the bay, which required removing the hood and front end. During the removal of the hood, it slipped (due to a sneeze) and hit the fender, causing damage that required re-doing approximately three-quarters of the car.

The car was later shown at the Greenwich Concours where it continued its winning streak, placing First in Class. These results would not have been possible had it not received the money-no-object attention that its owner generously provided. Where most would have abandoned, let alone not even attempted, the labor-of-love bestowed upon this vehicle has guaranteed its existence and enjoyment by a whole new generation of automotive enthusiasts.

The first chapter of this vehicle's existence is attributed to a set of golf clubs, while its re-birth and second chapter is the work and dedication of a passionate collector.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2021



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1956 Continental Mark II Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Continental MkII
Sold for USD$45,650
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56E2917
Sold for USD$26,000
  2021 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C567985
Sold for USD$132,000
  2021 Mecum : Monterey
1956 Continental Mark II image  1956 Continental Mark II image  
1956 CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: D56E2990
Sold for USD$66,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Open Roads May
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for USD$24,200
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Sold for USD$36,300
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1956 Continental MkII
Sold for USD$154,000
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1956 CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C56C2427
Sold for USD$45,100
  2021 Gooding & Co : May : Geared Online
 
1956 Continental Mark II s
Chassis#: C5691256
Sold for USD$59,360
  2021 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1956 Continental MkII
Sold for USD$50,600
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Continental MkII
Sold for USD$39,600
  2020 Mecum : Houston
 
1956 Continental MkII
Sold for USD$38,500
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C56D2801
Sold for USD$25,300
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1956 CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C56G3128
Sold for USD$17,600
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C5601398
Sold for USD$49,500
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56C2315
Sold for USD$89,600
  2020 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56F3054
Sold for USD$64,400
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
1956 Continental Mark II image  1956 Continental Mark II image  
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56C2305
Sold for USD$47,600
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1956 Continental MKII
Chassis#: C56D2845
Sold for USD$33,600
  2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1956 Continental MkII
Sold for USD$23,100
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Continental Mark II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Lincoln Continental MkIIC56912872021 Mecum : Monterey$27,000  
1956 Continental MkII 2021 Mecum : Tulsa$42,000  
1956 Continental MkII 2020 Mecum : Kansas City$25,000  
1956 Continental MkII 2020 Mecum : Indy$55,000  
1956 Lincoln Mark II 2020 Mecum : Glendale   
1956 CONTINENTAL MARK II 2019 McCormick's # 66$22,000  
1956 Continental Mark II CoupeC56P35572019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona $110,000$130,000
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$32,000  
1956 Continental Mark II 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$20,000  
1956 Continental Mark II 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$35,000  
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 2018 GAA : November 2018$23,000  
1956 Continental Mark IIC56E28972018 RM Sothebys : Hershey $75,000$100,000
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 2018 Mecum : Dallas$17,000  
1956 Continental Mark II 2018 Mecum : Louisville$38,000  
1956 Continental Mark II 2018 Mecum : Hershey$40,000  
1956 Continental Mark II 2018 Mecum : Hershey$37,000  
1956 Continental MkII 2018 Mecum : Portland$55,000  
1956 Continental Mark II 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$35,000  
1956 Continental Mark II 2018 Mecum : Houston$42,000  
1956 LINCOLN MARK II 2017 McCormick's Auction # 63$25,000  
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II CoupeC56132622017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $100,000$150,000
1956 Continental Mark IIC56P35572017 Mecum : Monterey$90,000  
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$50,000  
1956 LINCOLN MARK II 2016 McCormick's # 61$23,000  
1956 Lincoln Mark II 2016 Silver Auction Reno$20,000  
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark IIC56E29042016 Dragone Auction Greenwich Weekend Auction $20,000$25,000
1956 LINCOLN MARK II 2016 McCormick's Palm Springs # 60$29,000  
1956 LINCOLN MARK II 2016 McCormick's Auction # 60$29,000  
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2015 Mecum Dallas$50,000  

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Chassis Num: C56E2989
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Chassis Num: C56F3054
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Chassis Num: C56G3181
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Chassis Num: C56I 3278
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Convertible
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