Lot Number

1956 Continental Mark II

$75,000 - $100,000

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 11 - 12 OCTOBER 2018

Chassis No.
  • Largely original car with known ownership history
  • Odometer shows just 51,000 miles from new
  • One of just 2,550 delivered new in 1956
  • Stunning black with red and white leather interior
Please note that this lot is titled as a Lincoln.

The short-lived 1956–1957 Continental was given a classic long hood/short deck profile along with a simulated spare tire bulge on the rear deck lid – a subtle reminder of its predecessor, the luxurious Lincoln Continental of 1940–1948. It was dubbed a Continental, not a Lincoln, as Ford established a separate division to add exclusivity to the luxury marque. At $10,000 per copy, just 2,550 of the Mark IIs were delivered in 1956, with another 444 the following year before being discontinued. Ford reportedly lost money on each car it built.

Chassis no. C56E2897 was delivered new to Seattle Mercury dealer Lee Moran. He maintained ownership of the car until his passing in 1962. The car remained with his company until 1971 when it was sold to Ed and Barbara Bichich, also of Washington. Some 41 years later, the widowed Mrs. Bichich sold the car to a Mr. Bailey of Kirkland, Washington. The car remained in unrestored, original condition as delivered through three owners and today has just 51,000 miles on the odometer.

During 2013, the car came to the East Coast where it received some careful, sympathetic preservation, including light paintwork, detailing, mechanical servicing, and a minor interior repair. The Mark II retains its original chrome which, according to the consignor, is in excellent condition. The bodywork is straight and the mostly original black lacquer paintwork exhibits some crazing, but otherwise has a deep gloss and shine that belies the fact that the finish is over 60 years old. The interior is upholstered in its original red and white Bridge of Weir leather with luxurious red Wilton wool carpeting – in all, a stunning presentation. The consignor notes that the engine runs beautifully and the underhood presentation, with a recent detailing and painting, shows beautifully like the rest of the car.

Do not miss the opportunity to acquire and admire this beautifully preserved Continental.

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