1956 Continental Mark II Sport Coupe
Second Generation (1956-1957)
2-door Hardtop Stainless Steel!
interior burgundy -
Bridge of Weir of Scotland Vat-Dyed Leather!
production 2,556 (444 in 1957) -
3,014 including pre-production & prototypes
condition rating #3 = 85 Fine!
Older Restoration, Show Quality!
Upright instrumentation panel sports
four round dials with brushed finish;
chronometer (fuel, temp, oil, amp),
speedometer, clock & tachometer (rpm)!
Lights, wiper, lighter, ignition and radio
displayed on sub-panel!
Five vertical sliding levers
with large chrome handles
mounted low in the center
for climate control!
engine 368 cubic inches (6 liter) OHV V-8
carburetor Holley 4-barrel
horsepower 285 @ 4,600 rpm
mph top speed when new 140
transmission automatic 3-speed Turbo-Drive
steering power-assisted recirculating ball
brakes power-assisted 12.0 inch cast iron drums
weight 4,797 pounds
length 218.5 inches
width 77.5 inches
height 56.0 inches
wheelbase 126.0 inches
Among exclusive owners of the Mark II were
New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller,
Milton Eisenhower (brother of U.S. President)
singers Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima,
actors Walter Brennan and Stewart Granger,
and movie moguls Cecil B. DeMille,
Darryl F. Zanuck, Mike Todd, and Jack Warner!
Tobacco baron R. J. Reynolds and
Nevada hotelier Bill Harrah
were also included, as was
shipbuilding tycoon and erstwhile
automaker Henry J. Kaiser!
fuel tank 25 gallons
wheels 15 x 6.5 drop center rim
tires 8.20 x 15 tubeless 4-ply whitewall
(Gold Cup 4ply tension free 8.00/8.20-15)
Continental Helmut Armor trunk lock cover!
After undergoing exhaustive tests and inspections,
each Mark II was prepared for shipment
like a priceless painting,
protected by a full-size fleece-lined cloth cover,
then plastic wrapped!
The Mark II arrived at the Dealer customer-ready
requiring only removal of the distinctive
radial-vane wheel covers from the trunk
and a quick tap to the wheels!