1956 Continental Mark II Once owned by Lincoln Collector J.C. Daniels He left behind 388 Lincolns after he passed away in 2000 Solid California car still on California Title One of only 2,550 Mark II's made in 1956 Custom lavender exterior with unique, quad stacked headlights and a lavender-and-white Bridge of Weir Scottish interior 368 CID Y-bock V-8 engine with a Carter four-barrel carburetor and Turbo-Drive three-speed automatic transmission Rear air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, four-way power front seat, power windows and power vent windows First year for new 12-volt electrical systemWe have had several Continental Mark IIs come through our showroom at Mot Xotica Classic Cars but none quite like this one. This one has had its nose modified to reflect what might have been a 1958 Continental Mark II, complete with stacked quad headlamps. Quad headlights were all the rage in 1958. The revamped front clip accentuates the cars long hood, short deck, minimal brightwork and near-perfect proportions.This particular example left Fords Wixom, Michigan assembly plant on September 2, 1955, where emerged in Starmist White (code 14) with a green and white leather interior (code 2C2D).Now finished in a custom lavender, the paint and trim on this car are in overall very good condition, with only the most minor of blemishes visible on close inspection. The windows are intact, though there is a star chip in the windshield, the windshield wipers are inoperable and the wiper blades are torn. The cars lights, including the additional headlights are in very good order. Note: wipers, horn, speedometer, odometer are inoperable. The cars bodywork is straight and solid, its bumpers are in excellent order and fit well to the cars body, the engine bay is tidy and the battery appears new.This cruiser rolls on Firestone Deluxe Custom wide whitewalls, size F20-18 at all four corners. Each tire is wrapped around steel wheels topped with factory wheel covers. The wheels and tires are in above-average condition.Under the hood is Fords 368 CID Y-block V-8 engine with a Carter four-barrel carburetor. TheLincoln Y-block wasFord's earliest OHV V8, introduced byLincolnin the 1952 model year.Like the later and better known but even more short-livedFord Y-block engine, its block's deep skirts gave the block the appearance of the letter Y from the front. Its development was in response to the sales success of the competingOldsmobile "Rocket"andCadillacOHV V8 engines introduced in their 1949 models, as well as the need for larger and more powerful truck engines. Mated to the engine is a Turbo-Drive three-speed automatic transmission and a 3.07:1 rear end. Driver convenience features included factory air-conditioning, electric headlight dimmer, separate heaters for driver and passenger, power steering, power brakes, four-way power front seat, power windows and even power vent windows! This was the first year for the new 12-volt electrical system.Inside, the lavender and white Bridge of Weir Scottish interior is in overall great shape. The front and rear bench seats look fantastic and complement the exterior perfectly. The matching headliner is above average while the original three-spoke steering wheel is original. The wheel shows some blemishes though and is missing its horn pad/hub. The horn is also inoperable. The inner door panels continue the interiors two-tone theme, though there is a missing bit of trim on the drivers side door panel and the instrument panel, with its aircraft-like controls, is in very good order. Completing the interior is a factory radio.The Continental Mark II was revived in late 1955 as a separate marque, produced by a separate division of Ford Motor Company, as its sole model. This version was a unique design with the highest quality control ever seen in the automobile industry. High-class luxury abounded in the new Continental, and with very limited availability, it appeared even more exclusive than the original. This car was so exclusive, even celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley and political figures like the Shah of Iran and President Dwight D. Eisenhower had to follow Fords protocol to qualify for ownership. Actress Elizabeth Taylor received a Mark II from Warner Brothers as a gift; its exterior custom painted to match her eyes.More important, the car was the personal vehicle of choice for many Ford family members. Josephine Ford, Henry Fords sole granddaughter, and his three grandsons, Benson, Henry II and William Clay Ford all piloted Continental Mark IIs. The Mark II sold new for $10,400, the equivalent of a newRolls-Royceor twoCadillacs at that time.Ford fun factoids 98 percent of 1956 Continentals came with power brakes; 85 percent had power seats; 86 percent had power windows; 94 percent had radios; 99 percent had heaters; and 98 percent had whitewall tires.Competition to the Mark II in 1956 included Bentleys Continental, Cadillacs Eldorado Seville, Chryslers New Yorker Newport two-door hardtop, Jaguars Mark VIII, Lincolns own Premiere Coupe, Mercedes-Benzs 300d Adenauer, Packards Caribbean Hardtop and Rolls-Royces Silver Cloud.If you seek something to add to your Ford, Lincoln or luxury classic car collection, this one is a viable candidate. It looks like no other Mark II from the front, so you can be sure not to see another one exactly like it. Stop by today and examine it in person!PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR YOU TUBE VIDEO!OR Copy & Paste the Link Below to Watch the Video:www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtQgGszTWE0This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 65,023 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!VIN: C5691140Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.