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Old 05-31-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Default 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.



There aren't very many cars that can claim the title "Born Perfect". Cars that look custom right from the factory, that besides lowering it (every old car looks better lowered!), and maybe shaving the door handles off, you don't have to do anything e...

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Old 05-31-2011, 11:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

My Great Aunt in Indiana bought one in 56-remember it well-was a very exclusive car for the time. She was a very excentric lady who wore big hats and fancy dresses and drove it with little white gloves.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:17 AM   #3
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

I was at a rod run here in Helena this weekend and Al had his 56 Lincoln there. I sure like to see that car out on the road from time to time. It is an original, not restored car. Also, remember that the door jams were chrome on those cars, just kind of grabs your attention when you open the doors.

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:15 PM   #4
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There is a perfect 100 point black MKII here in Dartmouth that I see one or twice a year. The interior is a silvery color. Absolutely gorgeous and timeless.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

Awesome cars.

One point to nitpick-- the 368 isn't an MEL, it's a Lincoln Y-block.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:17 PM   #6
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

They were one of most stylish, classy looking cars that ever rolled out of Detroit. I've seen some done up as street rods, but I think that they were perfect right out of the box and actually like them better as a showroom stocker.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:15 PM   #7
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

Reggie has a KILLER one.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:54 PM   #8
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

I don't think anything could make that car look better! Thanks for the article.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:56 PM   #9
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

Indeed one of my favorite cars, and it is on the "one day in my life" list. Not as a custom but a 100% stock and perfect car. All I need is a bigger garage to host it...
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:03 PM   #10
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

The last true "Classic" per the classic car register built, no matter what the clowns with their 26 year old Impalas think.
Those have been a favorite of mine since I saw a brand new one when I was ten years old. They were pretty rare right when they were new and seeing one was a memorable occasion even then. And no doubt one of the best looking American cars ever built.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:16 PM   #11
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I know of one located near Houston, needs total resto, but its all there.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:33 PM   #12
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

I remember seeing one in my hometown back in 1980 with a for sale sign in the back window. It was a beautiful all original car including the asking price.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:59 PM   #13
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

I always thought these looked perfect too. I know of one sitting out rotting near me and I hate to see it sit,but I have too many projects now to even inquire about it.
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

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Awesome cars.

One point to nitpick-- the 368 isn't an MEL, it's a Lincoln Y-block.
Your right-- MEL would be from 1958 on, of course!
It's a big honking Y block... Making 300 horsepower in 1957!
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:26 PM   #15
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

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They were one of most stylish, classy looking cars that ever rolled out of Detroit. I've seen some done up as street rods, but I think that they were perfect right out of the box and actually like them better as a showroom stocker.
i feel the exact same way- I've seen them chopped, shaved, etc. and they loose a little bit of the 'class' that the stock configuration exudes.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:13 PM   #16
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

I remember going to the dealer and seeing it. Yep it was as much as they say, and cost as much as my folks 3 bdrm house, to put it in perspective. It prompted Cadillac to enter thier version of luxury car the 'Eldorado Brougham. next year. I had a friend that was a mold maker and he made many parts for those Lincolns for his own restoration. He showed me his hood ornament and said he presented one to Henry Ford II as a desk ornament and he claimed it was more precise than the original. He sold all his molds to a guy who still sells them today.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:54 PM   #17
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

This is funny I just saw one today. I worked at the guys house and he had one in his garage under a cover. I knew exactly what it was. He was taken back by me knowing what it was. Killer car. I've loved these cars forever. He said that his was like #700 and it was a '56. Black car. He said that it had fiberglass body parts which I never really knew. But still these cars rock.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:14 PM   #18
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

We are not in agreement with the early Corvette, but I think the Continental is the most Born Perfect on the list. Rare is the modified Continental that improves on the looks of the original.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:25 PM   #19
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

I had one, serial #C561003. It came from the Detroit area and the tin worms (rust) had attacked it. I worked on it a few years and even got it into the Lincoln Continental owners club magavine. It got down to $2,300.00 in 1967 when I bought it. The engine also came in the 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser. There is a Mercury Turnpike Cruiser biodegrading into the ground near here, ten miles down the road. I don't own the Mark II any more. They were very heavy, over 5,300 lbs. They had a drawback, the factory drum brakes which were designed for a Ford 1/2 ton pick up. There is a tunnel in Portland on Highway 26 where they are always having rear end collisions. It is downhill and people come into the tunnel at freeway speed and then see that nobody is moving in front of them. I just missed being in one of those by the grace of God, no other explanation. The car in front of me just slowly started moving forward just a little bit faster than the Mark II I was still trying to slow down. The car in front was a 1963 Rambler family car. I know the ones they restore now get better brakes. Still, I will probably never again own a car that beautiful.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:32 PM   #20
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Default Re: 1956/57 Continental Mark II: Born Perfect.

Check out the current edition of "My Classic Car".
Host Dennis Gage reviews three Continentals that were custom built for the Ford family.

The cars can only be called sublime!

http://www.myclassiccar.com/episode/15/14/
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