I’ve always had a soft spot for Lincoln Mark series cars. Back along the way I had a 1984 Lincoln Mark VII. Which was an interesting car in that it was a one-owner car in the way that dogs only have one owner. If you are not the owner of the dog, it doesn’t respond to you. My Lincoln was like that.
It was my father’s car and while it was, every time I drove it something weird would happen. It would refuse to start for no reason, the heat wouldn’t work, or any number of other weirdnesses. Interestingly, once it became mine, it didn’t do that any more. It did other very interesting things, but that’s another story for another time.
In fact, to this day I still give deference while driving to those who drive Lincolns. I offer the right of way, or even if I get cut off, I’m totally fine with it because hey, they are driving a Lincoln. I was very fond of mine, so there’s a bit of transference.
So what is the Mark series? It’s a really big luxury coupe. The Mark II was a product of the Continental division of Ford in 1956-1957. The original (what would be a Mark I) was a Lincoln Continental coupe produced during 1940-1948. But the Continental Mark II was a whole different beast.
Continental was spun into its own division in 1956 as the flagship of the Ford Motor Company. The flag on that ship was the Mark II. So rightly, this car is called the Continental Mark II, rather than the Lincoln Continental Mark II. The 1960 Mark V was the First Lincoln Continental Mark.
It all gets very confusing and if you are interested in being confused, feel free to go read about the development and progress of the Lincoln and Continental as well as the Mercury and Edsel divisions of Ford. I’ll leave it to your own discretion. Let’s face it, those who read WeelSpin are discrete people.
Where was I? Oh, so what I’m getting at is that the Continental Mark II was really the only car solely created by the Continental division (though it had a Lincoln engine and transmission). It was pretty much a handmade car, and it was the most expensive American car built at that time. It apparently rivaled the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud in cost…and why shouldn’t it? It was one heck of a car.
The Mark III which replaced it in 1958 utilized the body of a Lincoln. Despite still being a part of the Continental division, the writing was on the wall after the Mark II was pulled from production. The Continental division was absorbed into Lincoln in 1959 and that was that. It’s said that each Mark II was sold at a loss, because the cost of production of hand-building and high levels of quality control involved a lot of labor.
So really the Mark II was the only car ever made by the Continental division in my mind. That makes me want one even more. The cars are still absolutely stunning to behold.
Take this 1956 black over red interior model, for instance. It’s possibly the classiest coupe I’ve cast an eye upon. This clean-titled gem has an odometer reading of 57,000 miles, is said to run and drive well and even comes with a new AC system. Is it worth the $35,500 asking price? Well, the car when new was $10,000 which comes out to about $94,000 today, and remember it was sold at a loss of $1,000 so just tack on another $10k in today’s money. So you tell me, but I think that’s a bargain for possibly the finest hand-built luxury car made in America from 1956 forward.
If I had the change, I’d put an AnalogWheels.com logo on that spare tire hump on the trunklid and call it a day.
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