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Continental Mark II (1956)


Continental Mark II (1956)

Lincoln was Ford's premium brand, but oddly the name wasn't used on the Continental Mark II, despite it being built by the company. The car was Ford's attempt at outdoing Cadillac and oozed opulence everywhere. Inside it was swathed in Scottish leather and it had classy separate gauges, electric everything and just one optional extra: air-conditioning. The car was tailor made, with the body's trail fitted to the 'cow belly' chassis (it dropped down between each end) before being painted, sanded and polished by hand. Also, the engines were hand picked off the production line to ensure the best possible performance from each car. Once finished, all went through a 12-mile (19km) road test followed by an in-depth inspection with tuning where necessary. Ford is reputed to have lost $1,000 on each one sold, even though they were priced at $9,695, some $2,300 more than a Cadillac.

Continental Mark II (1956) Specifications

Top speed:112 mph (179 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:368 ci (6,030 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:285 bhp (213 kW) @ 4,800 rpm
Max torque:401 lb ft (543 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:4,825 lb (2,193 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.24 km/I)
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