1956 Continental Mark II. Just 3000 or so of these cars were produced between 1956 and 1957, making this a rare specimen.
The Mark II sprung forth from the upmarket Continental division and was its only product. It was an ultra-luxury car in every sense of the term, being handbuilt, stacked with every conceivable feature and amenity, and intended to compete with the likes of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Every Mark II was assembled to order, and it's said that each Mark II may have cost as much as twice its retail price of $9966—roughly the same as the Silver Cloud,
The Mark II's standard equipment included an OEM radio, power windows (including the vents), power brakes and steering, dual heaters, the finest leathers and fabrics, and power seats. The car shown here carries the only option available from the factory, the $595 air-conditioning system. Its total price would be equivalent to $100,000 or so today.
all class, and the elegance is backed up by the muscle of a 368-cubic-inch V-8 engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. This combination made 285 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, more than enough power to smartly move the luxury coupe.