Written by Nicole Ellan James
Ford Motor Organization established the Continental Division for the 1956 model 12 months. This division rated earlier mentioned Lincoln as the company’s flagship marque. At its launch, the Continental Mark II was regarded as its possess product line and was supposed to be a successor to the 1940-48 Lincoln Continental personalized luxury vehicle.
Supplied as a 2-door hardtop coupe, the Mark II, recognized as an ultra-luxury coupe, broke from many American styling precedents when it debuted. It was mostly hand-assembled and grew to become the most highly-priced American-created vehicle of the time, with its price rivaling only that of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Due to the fact the Mark II utilized a Lincoln motor and transmission, it was marketed via Lincoln, alleviating the need for a separate gross sales and provider community for Ford’s Continental Division.
Although the Lincoln was thought of a perform of artwork in its inventory variety, the 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II presented with No Reserve through the 2023 Scottsdale Auction can take this notion to the next degree with classy customization that blends classic lines with new-age technologies. It seamlessly brings modern day attributes into the nostalgic heydays of very hot rods and tailor made cars.
Created by SIC Chops out of Cave Creek, Arizona, this extended and lean Mark II has a Jon Kaase 520ci V8 underneath its hood that provides in excess of 850 horsepower. The motor makes use of an Inglese eight-stack gasoline injection and options Kaase Manager 9 semi-hemispherical heads. The Mark II rides on a one particular-off chassis from the Roadster Store, full with Corvette C6 suspension, rack & pinion steering and a Strange 9-inch rear stop housing 3.73 gears. Halting energy will come from a established of Wilwood brakes nestled behind just one-off Colorado Tailor made 40-spoke wheels with machined bullet middle caps.
Although the human body seems fairly inventory and the human body lines continue being mostly as they were when contemporary from the manufacturing facility, practically each individual panel on this Mark II has experienced operate carried out. In accordance to the consignor, the entire body was chopped 2.75 inches and the car acquired a tailor made firewall. Other body modifications contain fabricated flooring pans with entire rockers that trip just earlier mentioned the ground, tailor made-constructed front and rear bumpers and a flush-mounted twin exhaust piped by way of the smoothed rear pan. To comprehensive this higher-stop create and give it an additional exceptional, polished appear, the door handles have been shaved and the rain gutters have been filled. The body is concluded in Dupont Toner Black paint with ChromaClear.
Wanting inside, the big cabin was artfully upholstered to supply ease and comfort and luxury as a modern-day retake on a vintage common. The 8-way electricity Lexus seats are adorned in Black Onyx leather with stainless-metal accents. The dash characteristics Dakota Electronic gauges that enable the driver to check the car’s vitals, while music is supplied by a full Kicker Q-Class audio system. A Colorado Tailor made steering wheel and an Ididit steering column total the loaded inside.
Incorporating to the uniqueness of the build is an unverified signature on the underside of the trunk from Mae West, an American phase and movie actress, playwright, screenwriter and singer. The signature was discovered for the duration of the restoration and was preserved, though why or how it bought there remains a thriller.
This award-winning 1956 Lincoln Continental tailor made Mark II is guaranteed to transform heads all over the place it goes. Sign-up to bid to consider this extensive, lean device residence throughout the 2023 Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.