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1957 Continental Mark II

  • 1 of 98 produced with factory air-conditioning
  • Starmist White paint with Bridge of Weir Scottish leather interior
  • Legendary 368-cubic-inch Y-block V-8 engine and three-speed automatic transmission
  • Well-equipped interior with full instrumentation
  • Low production, hand-built example

VIN: C56K3396

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The Continental Mark II designation was revived in late 1955, produced largely by hand in the Continental Division of Ford Motor Company, which was completely separate from Lincoln-Mercury. The Mark II was a unique design with the highest quality control ever seen in the automobile industry. Continental set the bar for high-class luxury with the new Continental, and with very limited availability, it soon appeared even more exclusive than the original Mark. This car was hard to get, even selling for over $10,000 when new, meaning celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Elvis - and even President Dwight D. Eisenhower - had to follow protocol from Ford to qualify for ownership.

This beautifully presented Continental Mark II features a 368-cubic-inch Y-block V-8 with a 408-CFM Carter four-barrel carburetor, linked to a Turbo-Drive three-speed automatic transmission and backed by a 3.07:1 rear end. The engine breathes via dual exhaust. Driver-assist features are top-shelf for the era, including factory air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, four-way power seats, power vent windows and power antenna. It is simply one of the best equipped luxury cars of the era.

This example was built in September of 1956 and is dressed in Starmist White (code 14) with blue and white Bridge of Weir Scottish leather interior (code 1N6B). This combination showcases the pinnacle of Continental design in the mid- to late-1950s. The four-way power seats, carpet and dashboard are all in very good shape, as are the three-spoke steering wheel, door skins, and shift lever. The headliner, rear package shelf, and mirrors are in fine condition as well. Fitting its overall condition, this Mark II has full instrumentation, the original Town and Country AM radio with two speakers, and a Cartier clock. This Continental is 1 of 98 that came with factory air-conditioning and arrived at the dealership in a special fleece-lined plastic and canvas envelope to protect its finish during transport. The paint remains in very good shape with just a few very minor blemishes on the hood near the windshield.

The overall condition is very good, with all windows, mirrors and lights remaining crack-free and clear. The body panels retain a straight and factory-correct fit, and the exterior trim and the bumpers also fit well and are in fine condition. The car rides on P235/75R15 wide whitewall tires, surrounding the original equipment wheels and wheel covers. The trunk has its spare tire immediately forward of the rear bumper, and the factory air-conditioning condensing unit on the forward wall.

Proof of the Mark II's desirability is that over 65 years after they were made, approximately 50 percent of these cars still survive. They are cherished by their owners for their immaculate style and smooth performance, so it's no wonder why this lovely Starmist White example is presented today in such fine condition. Join the fun, raise your hand, and bid on a lovely air-conditioned 1957 Continental Mark II.

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