The mid-1950s were a time of profuse automotive embellishment, splashes of chrome and aircraft inspired fins. In the Continental Mark II, however, Ford set an entirely new standard of refinement, subtlety, grace and balance. While other American luxury cars assaulted customers’ senses with layers of chrome, the Continental instead attracted attention with clean, pleasing proportions. Constructed in Dearborn to some of the highest standards of quality yet seen in the automotive industry, the Continental Mark II was powered by a 368 cubic inch Y-block V-8 breathing through a Carter 4-barrel carburetor to make 300 brake horsepower at 4800 rpm. The Continental Mark II was also one of the most expensive and exclusive cars of its day, and boasted an enviable list of famous owners that included Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.
The Mark II was built for only two model years, making this 1957 example from the last year of production. Finished in white with a white and blue leather interior, it has the correct finned wheel covers and Firestone wide whitewall tires. It is lavishly equipped as well with power steering, power windows, power brakes and the very rare optional factory air conditioning. With less than 3,000 produced in total, this would be a rare car in any condition, but one in as fine a condition as this is really exceptional.
A sound restored car, it has an extremely well done interior with new leather and carpets. The paint and chrome are new as well, and the engine bay, gleaming with its correct aluminum valve covers, is pleasingly detailed. A strong example of one of the most exclusive cars of the 1950s, this car is a testament to the remarkable quality of Ford’s Continental brand and a highly collectible automobile.
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