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In October 1955, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Continental as a separate luxury subsidiary, showcasing the Mark II at the Paris Motor Show. The Mark II was designed by Fordā€™s Special Product Operations team, which comprised William Clay Ford, John Reinhart, Gordon Buehrig, and Harley Copp. Priced at around $10,000, the Mark II was the only model offered by the brand and only 2,994 coupes were manufactured between 1956 and 1957.

Positioned as a direct competitor to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, the Mark II was the most expensive American-produced car of that time. The Mark II was exclusively a two-door hardtop coupe and used standard Lincoln mechanical components, including its ā€œY-blockā€ V8 and automatic transmission. While the vehicle was mostly hand-assembled, leading Ford to incur significant losses for each car produced.


This 1956 Continental Mark II is one of roughly 2,550 initial-year models built for the first model year. The vehicle was sold on BaT in August 2021 and is coated in black with red and cream leather interior. A 368 cubic inch V8 engine powers the car that was factory rated at 285 horsepower and is paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. It is equipped with power-assisted steering and brakes, 15-inch steel wheels, electric windows and seats, air conditioning, and a Town Country push-button AM radio.