1956 Continental Mark II Coupe / C56C2466 Chassis Information

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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Coupe
Chassis #: C56C2466
Sold for $49,500 at 2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
After an 8 year hiatus, the much awaited replacement of the original classic Continental, was hailed as a design success at introduction in 1956. By this time Ford had created a separate Continental Division to better address their luxury car aspirations. Deviating from the chrome laden, design excesses of the time, the Mark II received rave reviews for its uncluttered, pure design. Considered European influenced by many, original equipment included a tachometer. There were several safety features like deep dish steering wheel, optional padded dash and sun visors and front and rear seatbelts, along with Jet-age style separate right and left heater controls. Despite the whopping $10,000 price (one could easily buy a house, a Rolls-Royce or two Cadillac's for less) Ford is said to have lost over $1000 on each car. Each of the 3000 or so produced in the course of the two year production run, came inside a fleece lined bag within it's own wooden crate. The car is largely hand assembled with a great deal of lead work in each body. Although the engine is the 358 cubic-inch 'Y' block as used in the production Lincoln cars, each was hand assembled from parts meeting rigid specifications and specially balanced. Each completed chassis was given a 30 mile test drive before final completion and sign-off. A convertible version was developed for the Mark II, but when it became evident that costs would never be recouped, this mechanism was adapted to the late 1950's Ford retractable, 50s and 60s T-Birds and 60's Lincoln Continental convertibles.

The price and exclusivity attracted celebrities, business leaders and politicians who chiefly bought these cars. Frank Sinatra, Spike Jones, Louie Prima, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Elvis Presley and local favorite, Doris Day, were notable owners. Despite the loss of each car, Ford felt that some of the goals of the project had been successful. The image created a very positive influence for Ford's position in the competitive world of luxury autos. The best validation came as the mark II served as a stimulus for GM to develop the even pricier Eldorado Brougham. The hand assembly and array of custom choices in finish makes this the last bespoke car for any major US automaker.

This example was acquired from the original owner's widow in Riverside California by Richard and Carolyn Gray in 1989. Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Judkins purchased the car new from the Lincoln Mercury dealer in Lodi, California on January 3rd 1956, making it a fairly early car. Dr. Judkins was a well known Radiologist who invented the special catheters used to perform coronary angiograms and to place coronary stents. This fact was not lost on Dr. Gray, a Cardiologist living in Los Angeles at the time.

The car is largely original, but deterioration of a non original shade of green applied in 1962 necessitated a repaint in the original light green. Actually the data plate indicates black exterior, but disassembly reveals no track of black whatsoever, suggesting an error in the data plate. With the exception of the bumpers, all of the chrome and stainless is original, the interior and the running gear are all original although there has been an engine-out detailing under the hood and door weather striping was replaced only because of the repaint.


2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$70,000-$90,000 
Sale Price :
$49,500

2019 11
2018 13
2017 20
2016 14
2015 22
2014 3
2013 11
2012 15
2011 10
2010 9

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56J3345
Sold for $47,850
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Sold for $22,000
  2019 Mecum : Louisville
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Sold for $29,700
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1956 Continental Mark II Custom by Moore Brothers Classics
Chassis#: C56C2238
Sold for $154,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56B2222
Sold for $67,200
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1956 Continental Mark II image  1956 Continental Mark II image  
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56C2303
Sold for $100,800
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56S3913
Sold for $58,240
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1956 CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C56E2918
Sold for $93,500
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Sold for $71,500
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Sold for $33,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for $15,950
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for $20,350
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for $22,000
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for $19,250
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for $33,000
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56E2949
Sold for $44,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1956 Continental Mark II
Chassis#: C56C2422
Sold for $12,100
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C5601627
Sold for $102,300
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1956 Lincoln Mark II Continental
Sold for $38,500
  2018 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale
 
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II
Sold for $30,800
  2018 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Continental Mark II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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 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  
1956 Continental Mark II Resto ModC56C22382015 Mecum : Monterey$200,000$250,000$300,000
1956 Lincoln Mark II Custom 2015 Leake Auction Tulsa, OK$40,000  
1956 Continental Mark II Resto Mod 2015 Mecum : Seattle$200,000  
1956 Continental Mark II 2015 Mecum : Indianapolis$37,500$50,000$75,000
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 2015 Mecum : Indianapolis$75,000$125,000$175,000
1956 Continental Mark II 2015 Mecum : Indianapolis $50,000$75,000

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