Description: Ford wanted a superior and standalone up-market brand, aside from Lincoln, to compete with General Motors' Cadillac, Packard, and Chrysler Corporation's Imperial brands. The new Continental was not intended to be the largest or most powerful automobile; rather, the most luxurious and elegant American car available, designed to recapture the spirit of the great classics of the prewar period — with prices to match. In 1956 the Continental Mark II sold new for almost $10,000 making it equivalent to the Rolls Royce of the era. Shown here is a beautiful and rare 1956 Continental Mark II which is 1 of only about 3,000 in the total production line for 1956 and 1957. This Continental is featured in a straight and smooth recently repainted Starmist white exterior color with re-chromed bumpers and trim all the way around the vehicle. The Mark II is powered by the correct Ford Y block 368ci 8 cylinder 4 barrel carbureted engine which produced 285 horsepower and 402 pounds of torque. All of the 402 pounds of torque is used to push this 4,800 pound Lincoln through a Turbo-Drive 2 speed automatic transmission. Also, under the hood you will see the Continental is equipped with power steering, power brakes as well as air conditioning. Moving into the passenger compartment you will see there is the standard split front bench seat that was restored years ago and has been redone in a two-tone white with red button tuck center inserts. The interior features red carpet, a white headliner incorporated with air ducts as well as power windows, power seats, power vent wings and a full gauge cluster with tachometer, clock, speedometer as well as oil pressure, battery voltage and water temperature gauges. There is also a remote mirror, air conditioning controls under the dash and a tube style AM radio. The dream like ride of the Mark II is accredited to the fully automatic speed compensating shock absorbers up front and the rear elliptical coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers. The Continental rides quietly on 15-inch Endurance All Season radial tires with a thin white walls and is accented by Turbine style hub caps which are stopped by hydraulic drum brakes on all four corners. Don't miss out on a chance to own what Ford hoped to be and ended up creating the truly "Modern Classic" which rivaled the pre-war elegance of vehicles in the post-World War II era!