FORD’S LUXURY DIVISION: 1956 Lincoln Continental Custom Mark II Headed to Scottsdale

FORD’S LUXURY DIVISION: 1956 Lincoln Continental Custom Mark II Headed to Scottsdale

Written by Nicole Ellan James


Ford Motor Company made the Continental Division for the 1956 product 12 months. This division rated previously mentioned Lincoln as the company’s flagship marque. At its launch, the Continental Mark II was regarded as its own product line and was meant to be a successor to the 1940-48 Lincoln Continental personal luxury auto.

Supplied as a 2-doorway hardtop coupe, the Mark II, recognised as an extremely-luxurious coupe, broke from many American styling precedents when it debuted. It was mostly hand-assembled and became the most pricey American-produced vehicle of the time, with its cost rivaling only that of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Considering that the Mark II applied a Lincoln engine and transmission, it was promoted via Lincoln, alleviating the require for a independent gross sales and company community for Ford’s Continental Division.

Even though the Lincoln was thought of a work of art in its stock kind, the 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II available with No Reserve throughout the 2023 Scottsdale Auction takes this notion to the upcoming degree with stylish customization that blends regular traces with new-age technology. It seamlessly delivers fashionable characteristics into the nostalgic heydays of sizzling rods and custom cars and trucks.

Crafted by SIC Chops out of Cave Creek, Arizona, this extended and lean Mark II has a Jon Kaase 520ci V8 below its hood that provides about 850 horsepower. The engine utilizes an Inglese 8-stack gas injection and features Kaase Boss 9 semi-hemispherical heads. The Mark II rides on a one-off chassis from the Roadster Store, finish with Corvette C6 suspension, rack & pinion steering and a Peculiar 9-inch rear end housing 3.73 gears. Stopping energy comes from a set of Wilwood brakes nestled at the rear of a person-off Colorado Custom made 40-spoke wheels with machined bullet center caps.

Though the physique appears relatively inventory and the body strains remain principally as they had been when contemporary from the manufacturing unit, just about each individual panel on this Mark II has had do the job accomplished. According to the consignor, the physique was chopped 2.75 inches and the car or truck obtained a tailor made firewall. Other physique modifications involve fabricated floor pans with finish rockers that journey just earlier mentioned the ground, customized-crafted entrance and rear bumpers and a flush-mounted dual exhaust piped as a result of the smoothed rear pan. To finish this higher-conclude establish and give it an excess exceptional, polished seem, the door handles had been shaved and the rain gutters were being stuffed. The system is finished in Dupont Toner Black paint with ChromaClear.

Seeking within, the big cabin was artfully upholstered to present comfort and ease and luxury as a contemporary retake on a vintage common. The 8-way electric power Lexus seats are adorned in Black Onyx leather-based with stainless-metal accents. The dash options Dakota Electronic gauges that permit the driver to keep an eye on the vehicle&#8217s vitals, while music is equipped by a entire Kicker Q-Class audio process. A Colorado Custom made steering wheel and an Ididit steering column comprehensive the loaded inside.

Including to the uniqueness of the develop is an unverified signature on the underside of the trunk from Mae West, an American stage and movie actress, playwright, screenwriter and singer. The signature was identified throughout the restoration and was preserved, although why or how it obtained there stays a mystery.

This award-successful 1956 Lincoln Continental personalized Mark II is guaranteed to switch heads everywhere you go it goes. Register to bid to take this extensive, lean equipment property in the course of the 2023 Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

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