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. Significantly, Ford chose the October 1955 Auto Show in Paris, France, then the center of high fashion, for the Continental Mark II's introduction where it was received with fanfare and accolades. The Continental Mark II has continued to be highly regarded by collectors who appreciate fine, subtle, design in the half century that has elapsed. It is an automobile that has never gone out of style. This 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II is simply magnificent, from its superbly prepared bodywork and gorgeous black paint to its detailed engine compartment and luxurious white leather upholstery with grey leather inserts and matching interior trim. Black is the ideal color to complement the Mark II's delicate lines. It also highlights any shortcomings in preparation, and this Mark II has none. The chrome is crisp and brilliant. A cosmetic restoration to very high standards, it is a tribute to the craftsmen who labored to make its paint, chrome, interior, engine compartment and trunk as perfect as possible. Any Continental Mark II is an automobile to be proud to own and drive, but this one is a far better than that, a seriously refined automobile with style, flair, panache and quality that speaks eloquently of the Mark II's unique position among American automobiles of the Fifties.