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*Please note that although this car is titled 1956, it is in fact a 1957 model. Please also note that it is titled as a Lincoln.
In the early 1950s, Ford Motor Company created the Continental Division to accomplish something unparalleled – to build the most opulent and exclusive personal luxury car of its time. Designers and engineers quickly set to work on the low-volume, high-priced flagship. In a departure from the flamboyant, chrome-laden designs of the period, the magnificent Continental Mark II displayed an uncommon simplicity and purity of line, and was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October 1955. Today, the Mark II’s exquisite form remains as remarkable as it was on the day of its historic debut.
This striking Continental Mark II was shipped to Wright Lincoln Mercury in San Diego, California, on January 8, 1957, finished in light blue with a blue and white leather interior. Beyond its standard trim, a copy of the original invoice, which accompanies the sale, shows this Mark II was further optioned with tinted glass, air-conditioning, and the rarely seen padded dash.
Acquired by the consignor in 2000, this three-owner Mark II was the subject of a professional body-off restoration, completed in Camden, New York, in January 2012. Restoration photographs, invoices, The Continental Story hard-bound book, original sales brochure, and service manual accompany the sale. Beautifully presented in its original colors, this highly optioned Continental is ideally suited to show and drive in the Mid-Century elegance that made the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor devoted Mark II owners.