The success of Edsel Ford's Continental taught Ford much about the power of a halo to infuse everything within its influence with stature, image and distinction. Although the mid-Fifties were a time of profuse use of embellishment, chrome and gaudy stylistic elements like fins, Ford in the Continental Mark II set an entirely new standard of refinement, subtlety, balance, proportion and grace. They achieved their notice with a fine brush in a sensitive hand while others assaulted consumers' sensibilities with daggers of chrome. This Mark II from the first year of the model has been sensitively restored some time ago by the professionals at Hibernia Restorations. Presented in Burgundy, it has White leather upholstery with Burgundy inserts, piping and carpets. Full wheel covers and wide whitewalls tastefully set off the exterior appearance, and it is one of very few Mark IIs to be equipped with every option offered including very rare factory air conditioning. It is a gorgeous car: straight, beautifully trimmed, painted, polished and presented as only true professional restorers supported by a generous budget can produce. The caliber of a restoration's craftsmen, experience, skill and materials only becomes apparent as it ages. This one has it all.
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