Rare Opportunity, Documented 1956 Detroit Auto Show Lincoln Continental Mark II

US $22,500.00
Private seller / Contact seller
Clinton Township, Michigan, United States

Technical data for 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II the Detroit Auto Show Car Feb. 18-26, 1956

Make: Lincoln
Model: Continental
Type: Coupe
Trim: Mark II the Detroit Auto Show Car Feb. 18-26, 1956
Year: 1956
Mileage: 80,404
VIN: C56D2720
Color: White
Engine: 368 V-8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: White bolsters Black biscuits
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear

The Detroit Auto Show 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II

Displayed February 18-26, 1956


One ofthe most desirable Continentals in existence, 1956 Continental Mark II Serial #C56D2720

is a Genuine, Documented 1956 Detroit Auto Show Car. Please see attached

Factory Production Order, Factory Invoice, and Auto Show Photographs.

(Production Order, source: Benson FordResearch Center, Greenfield Village.)

(Photos, source: National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library.)


Handbuilt at the Allen Park, Michigan Continental Division Assembly Plant, The Continental Mark II Sport Coupes

are one of the earliest examples of "Personal Luxury" cars and a stunning example of "Mid-Century Modern" design.

Ten years ahead of time in styling, the Mark II was low, sleek and elegant avoiding the excesses of chrome and tailfins of the 1950's.

Costing as much as a Rolls Royce, the Mark II was aimed at an elite clientele, Mark II buyers were scions of business,

politics and the entertainment fields. Only about 3000 were sold, fewer with the expensive option of air conditioning.


Continental Mark II features: 368 CID OHV V-8 engine, single Holley 4 barrel carburetor,285 HP at 4,000 RPM,

3 speed turbo drive automatic transmission, 4 wheel drum brakes, power steering, windows and seats.


This Continental Mark II is offered with a copy of the Factory Production Order and Invoice, and copies of

two 1956 Detroit Auto show photos where "C56D2720" can be seen. Additionally the expensive air-conditioning

option was specified on the production order, bringing the original purchase price to over $10,000 a tidy sum in 1956.


Well deserving of a fine restoration, “2720” is largely complete, in attractive color combination of white exteriorwith matching

white leather seat bolsters,black leather seat biscuits and black carpeting.Theoriginalinteriorand carpet are

largely there for patterns.Headliner appears intact and can likely be redyed.Steering wheel is in excellent condition.


Amateur repairs and bodywork to fenders, quarters, rockers and framewith additional deterioration since repairs.

Photos of exterior look better than car,plastic filler is bubbling in spots, etc.Also, numerous dings, dents and defects.

Windshield and backlight are scratched.Driver side floor has been replaced.One piece of grill surround needs replacing.

Car runs, while brakes, exhaust system, all other components and systems, needattention.Radiator and gas tank serviced,

carburetor rebuilt.Jack, jack bag and spare tire cover are included and assumedto be original to the car.


Auction prices of 1956 Continental Mark II’shave realized $247,500 (RM Sotheby’s 2015)

and$330,000 (Gooding and Co. 2016).


Vehicle is in as is where is condition.

Please ask all questions prior to bidding and buying.

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Full payment with 3 days of sale, or accepted offer.

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If you are interested in additional history on Continental Mark II's, find on Youtube:

Restore Your Ford,"Making of the Lincoln Continental Mark II" and

Dennis Gage “My Classic Car,” Season 15, Episode 14, on Ford Family Mark II's


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