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Asking Price: $65,000
In 1952, Ford Motor Company set out to build the most opulent and exclusive American automobile of its time – intended to evoke the spirit of imposing prewar classics. Eschewing the flamboyant chrome and paint schemes of the era, Ford chose to rely on clean, graceful lines to project understated elegance. The result, the Continental Mark II, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1955 and its design remains as impressive today as when it first debuted. In total, just over 3,000 Continentals were produced over the model’s two-year run. While Ford estimates to have lost $1,000 per car sold, the lasting effect on Ford’s status as a builder of world-class luxury cars is immeasurable.
This 1957 model year Continental was sold new via William & Frederick Motors to the noted Zappettini family of San Francisco, founders of a national wholesale florist business. According to correspondence between the consignor and the Zappettini family, the Continental was shipped to Italy when nearly new to provide the family with first-class transportation around Europe on an extended holiday excursion. The consignor has identified two subsequent California Bay Area owners of the Continental prior to his acquisition in 2004.
Presented as it was originally built, the elegant Continental is finished in Starmist White paint, and is trimmed with the exclusive Bridge of Weir-style white leather accented by nylon biscuit seat inserts. A significant refurbishment performed in 2005 and 2006 addressed numerous systems and components throughout the car. The engine bay presents particularly well; the engine was refinished in the proper gold tone and a Continental-logo “tar-top” battery adds to the authenticity. In recent years, the Continental has been shown occasionally and used sparingly on local jaunts in Northern California to exercise its systems.
An extensive record of the refurbishment accompanies the sale, as do a seldom-seen set of original Continental-logo, chromed keys and jack in its leather pouch. Synonymous with mid-century high society and exclusivity, this lovingly maintained Continental is believed to have resided in California since new and is sure to impress its next caretaker with its comfort and elegance.