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12-27-2010, 01:16 AM
Hi Guys
Seeing as it's the season for giving and all thought I'd treat myself to a little something.........A 1956 Continental Mark II
Now some may say a little excessive but hell why not and I've been looking for one for a while


12-27-2010, 02:24 AM
Bloody cool - I need one.

But sadly I'll need to get some money first..

bird 60
12-27-2010, 02:45 AM
Hey Scumdog, we think alike, I want one as well.:D

Chris....From OZ.

Dakota Boy
12-27-2010, 08:10 AM
I think it's amazing that you can find rare U.S. cars like that in Australia.

I dont think I've ever seen one of these; not even in photos.

It looks like it just needs a tank of gas; no further work necessary?

Richard D. Hord
12-27-2010, 08:26 AM
Hey Richard,
How do we say P-R-E-T-T-Y! As said before, fuel her up and enjoy!!!
Richard D. Hord

12-27-2010, 08:48 AM
I have been helping Richard track down a Continental Mark II for a bit. I found there are a good number of these cars available still, though they are not cheap. Ford created a separate car company to produce the Continental Mark II. It was not part of the Lincoln family at that time. It was only manufactured for two years. 1956-1957. The problem was that only a few could afford them so Ford stopped production of them. If you want to find some more to look at just google Continental Mark II For Sale. Here is a link to the history of the car. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z7531/Continental-Mark-II.aspx

2,996 cars were built, mostly in 1956. About 1,500 are still around, with about only half of those road worthy.

Richard finally found his car in California! It is a beauty and one that has stood the test of time well. It is my understanding that it is totally road worthy and ready to be driven.

12-27-2010, 08:49 AM
Wholly- Molley! Good Grief! Most pperfect condition one I have ever seen.
You must live right !!
LUV IT !!!!

Bob M
12-27-2010, 12:13 PM
Some guys have all the luck finding a jewel like that looks like it just came out of the show room, Hope you have many miles of fun.

12-27-2010, 01:43 PM
I think it's amazing that you can find rare U.S. cars like that in Australia.
I dont think I've ever seen one of these; not even in photos.

Because they are in Australia! :D

You should only know how many old American cars there are in Sweden. They still bring in loads of them every week, year after year. Carl ( partsetal ) have been here, and I understand he was quite suppriced.

Regarding that 1956 Continental Mark II, itīs in my opinion one of the most beutiful cars ever produced. Stunning! Congrats!!
I saw one at Boyd Coddingtonīs before he passed away a few years ago.

Just for fun, as it happend to be a ī56. What building day do the Vin say?

12-27-2010, 10:27 PM
Thanks guys
I think Ray summed up everthing thanks Ray it saved me the typing:)
It is nearly as good as it looks has a few oil leaks but is a 2 owner 70k mile car only 65 built in this colour and only 7 of those had this interior
Anders will check that and let you know I'm pretty sure it's a late '55


01-23-2011, 06:06 PM
I'M JEALOUS!!!! But ... also very happy for you! HA!!! FANTASTIC CAR!!! (I'm good at stating the obvious!)

01-24-2011, 12:39 AM
WoW!!! I don't know how I missed this thread. That car is fantastic. Classic lines and beautiful design. It also has a Y-Block! Very cool. Very elegant. Congratulations on such a great find. - Dave

01-24-2011, 12:55 AM
Thanks Guys
It's amazing what style cars of yesteryear had just a shame it all got lost guess that's progress.
The Continental Mark II , no not a Lincoln, were only made as a '56 and '57 model and only just over 3000 in total. I find it strange that it really hasn't reached a higher collector status but I'm sure it will
The frustrating thing is that I have yet to lay my hands on it.
as with the 430 SR that I bought I am still awaiting import approval before I ship them. Hope to get the shipping happening in late Feb early March and then 5 weeks they will be in my garage.
Patience is a virtue so they say :D


04-08-2011, 07:03 AM
Here's a few pics of the Continental Mark II (the Land Yacht)
I drove it home from the freight depot, all the windows were up and I thought I was doing 50.... Ooops I was on 70 and not a sound inside. What a car!!!. Previous owner #2 got it at 57k mls and now has 62.5k, He had it for 25 years and sent every invoice and service note along with the car.

Richard D. Hord
04-08-2011, 11:38 AM
Very nice:)
Richard D. Hord

04-08-2011, 03:13 PM
That is to cool of a car. That is an interesting engine bay to look at. How the exhaust is routed, looks like there are two sets of heater hoses?

Those are some interesting valve covers. And what is the contraption on the passenger side fender-well?

What is the small box that looks newer up on the heater box on the firewall? Maybe it's just the photos but it looks more recent than 56?

Absolutely gorgeous car.


04-08-2011, 06:56 PM
Thanks Guys
There is a fan motor on both sides of the car
The valve covers are Mark II only covers
The box on the fuse box is a battery tender


04-09-2011, 12:19 AM
set up is cool. Great car. Mike

Dan Leavens
04-10-2011, 03:36 PM
Richard don't worry they WILL become huge collector cars very soon as was stated there were about 3000 made and less in the 57 model year. Ford marketed and sold the 56 / 57 for roughly $10K which in the day, was more than an avergae house cost:eek: Ford also lost ( approximately so they say ) $1000 a car coming off the production line as they were adamant to compete with the Cadillac and for those of you older than 62, the DODGE DESOTO:rolleyes: as top end luxury cars. I too have marvelled at the lines over the years and if the right one came available ( at the right price$$) I might jump in to a nice black one:eek:

04-10-2011, 07:26 PM
That's right Dan a little over 3000 in total were built for '56 and '57, included in that number is the 444 that were built in '57. At twice the price of a Cadillac in '56 it was built to rival a Rolls Royce. It's an absolutely amazing car to drive and has electric everything including the quarter vent windows
There are these videos on the making of the Mark II




04-10-2011, 08:00 PM
Thanks for posting those video links, Richard! That was fascinating viewing! She sure is a classy car!

04-11-2011, 12:32 AM
These cars were fitted with POWER DISK BRAKES!!! Two of them had 430 MEL engines fitted in '59. Those two also had ELECTRIC WIPERS!!!

The black one, for Henry II's wife, didn't get an upgrade, but kept the Y-block and vac wipers.

04-11-2011, 08:54 PM
They were Ford family cars WCF's car actually had a 460, the other a 430.
Here's a video of the cars in question, I got a little seasick watching it. They all belong to the same collector in Florida



04-12-2011, 03:09 AM
Thanks for posting the video clip, Richard! Yup, the guy needs to learn how to shoot good, steady video's. I know what ya mean about nearly getting seasick! But it was great to see the clip of the three Mark II's. Thanks!

04-12-2011, 01:12 PM
They were Ford family cars WCF's car actually had a 460, the other a 430...After careful (but rocky) review of the video, you're right. All three cars had Lincoln 368 Y-block engines originally. The center green car was converted to a MEL 430 and the blue car was fitted with a 460.

The 430 is almost as pretty as Howard Prout's, with all that chrome. Howard's Thunderbird has more chrome. - Dave

Dan Leavens
04-13-2011, 08:16 PM
Richard thanks for the links, as they were fantastic to watch. Now you have done it, I have to pursue my search to actually see one. I know of a guy in Lethbridge, Alberta south of us that has over 20 Lincolns and apparently he has a 57:eek: When the weather breaks I will call him and head down.

Jimz Bird
04-14-2011, 12:20 AM
Here ya go guys!

"You Pays your Money and you takes your choice";)


04-14-2011, 01:53 AM
My word, they are some car... I have never paid a great deal of attention to them until Richard's purchase.

04-14-2011, 06:41 PM
Dan if you have the chance to visit a LCOC show you may (or may not) see one there. The Mark II forum has a few Canadian members.
Bill if you head east and want to have a look let me know


04-14-2011, 07:58 PM
Bill if you head east and want to have a look let me know

Was over your way last week, will be again soon to watch my favourite team in action....the mighty Adelaide Crows. I will definately give you a message next time.

04-18-2011, 09:31 PM
Saw in a post on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/AutoMileposts/status/59946283552604161) from Automotive Mileposts that these were were shipped from the factory in special fleece lined car covers. Wonder if any of those covers are still around?