1956 Continental Mark II Coupe / C56I 3278 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

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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Coupe
Chassis #: C56I 3278
Built to the special order of Benson Ford, head of the Lincoln-Mercury Division, C56I 3278 is a late 1956 model invoiced August 29, 1956. He chose 'Green Lucite Metallic' (also called 'Medium Green Iridescent' was to be a 1957-only offering) finish and a special combination of interior colors and materials. While it has optional air conditioning, the air intakes atop the quarter panels had been eliminated for late-production vehicles.

Benson kept his special Mark II for years and during the winter of 1958/59, had Ford Motor Company engineering staff replace the original 368 cid engine with the then new Lincoln 430 CID engine having 10:1 compression along with chroming of accessory items.

This car came into the possession of the current owner from the family of the late Edson Williams, retired Ford Motor Company Vice-President for Customer Service. It has received a comprehensive restoration completed in 2009, which retained all engineering staff modifications.

Currently the car wears a set of prototype Dayton knock-off wire wheels which were provided to the Continental Division for evaluation in the spring of 1954. They are said to have been displayed on the Paris Auto Show Mark ll and photos exist showing them on a late prototype. They were not fitted during production due to concerns about strength and durability. The wheels were saved by a Continental Division employee who also served as the Ford family's personal mechanic.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 8
2018 13
2017 20
2016 14
2015 22
2014 3
2013 11
2012 15
2011 10
2010 9

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$74,274$154,0008
2018$41,208$102,30013
2017$46,385$192,50020
2016$75,949$330,00014
2015$53,720$247,50022
2014$38,317$48,0003
2013$43,111$112,50011
2012$40,131$88,00015
2011$40,136$85,00010
2010$40,509$62,7009

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
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
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C5691152
Sold for $33,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C56A1718
Sold for $40,700
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II
Chassis#: C56S3913
Sold for $95,700
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : 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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