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In 1955, Ford Motor Company formed the Continental Division to bring the nameplate back to market. A successor to the glamorous Lincoln Continental of the 1940s, the new Mark II captured the proportions and spirit of its predecessor and was largely hand built. It was priced at $10,000 at a time when the average house cost $22,000.
This 1956 Continental Mark II is finished in black over a two-tone red and white leather interior and was sold new to Robert J. Burst through L&W Motors of Canton, Illinois. Powered by a V-8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission, the Mark II has standard amenities such as electric windows and seats, along with power steering, power brakes, tachometer, tinted glass, and Travel Master AM radio.
Exported to Sweden in 2008, this Continental was restored between 2009 and 2011. New paint was applied to a high standard over bare metal, and exterior chrome trim was replated. The interior was re-trimmed in supple leather to mirror the original pattern. The mechanicals and big Y-Block engine received attention and present well with proper fittings and correct Holley carburetor.
Displaying less than 62,000 miles, this example is offered with the hardbound book that accompanied every Mark II, a copy of the sales invoice, period sales literature, receipts, and other documentation. With only two years of total production before the division was absorbed by Lincoln, this Continental is a superb opportunity to acquire an outstanding, restored example of Mid-Century American opulence.