1956 CONTINENTAL MK II
1956 Continental MK II
It's a practice of ours at Jim's Classic Garage that whenever we buy a car to restore as a shop car we also post it on our website for sale in it's current condition. At least until such time that we have room in our shop and time to work on it. I offer this car to all of you for sale, yet, if you don't buy it, I'm still a happy camper. The reason I say this is because of all the rare and unique cars we've had in our possession, this one is high on the list of sought after cars.
If you go to the web and search for this car you will find that there are not many of them left. The cost to buy one of these mostly "hand built" cars was $10,000 back in 1956. These cars were sold to oil Sheikhs, movie stars, etc. With the cost of buying a new car at roughly $900 in the 50's and a new home less than $10k, selling these cars was a tough job unless you found a movie star. Shortly after 57' they decided that losing approximately $1,350 on each car was enough to stop making them. Fast forward to 2017, the average cost of one of these cars in number 1 condition is roughly $150,000. A number 2 condition car is just about $85,000
We are the 3rd owner of the car. The second owner had just commissioned a restoration specialist to begin the process of restoring it. They got as far as stripping the paint off and started block sanding it when my clients husband died. This brought the cars progress to a halt and the car was returned home unfinished. The family gathered together to restart the process. They had all the trim and bumpers triple plated. They bought new glass all around, etc. and soon realized it was a massive undertaking best suited for a shop like mine. A mutual friend hooked me up with the widow and we struck a deal. In the end, we were given a gift before towing the car away. A full size, still in the box, die-cast replica of the car her and her husband were so proud of. Extremely nice people to deal with under very sad circumstances.
Anybody that has followed the story of Edsel Ford with regards to the Continental MK II knows the story about how long it took to get this special car's design approved, how each one was almost individual to itself, and how it is not a Lincoln. If you want to insult an owner of one of these, call it a Lincoln and he will quickly correct you. These cars broke out on their own away from Lincoln. The only thing Lincoln on these cars are the engines.
This car is 100 % complete and then some. Not only complete, but she runs and drives down the road as if brand new. The car is an amazing driver. You will notice a large piece of equipment in the trunk. This is the evaporator for the air conditioner system. The A/C unit is an aftermarket add-on to keep passengers cool during hot summer days.
The Lincoln 368 ci Y block engine boasts over 285 hp. Along with its automatic transmission, it needs all the hp to kick the approximately 5,000 pound car down the road. The odometer shows 82k miles. The family says the engine has been rebuilt. There are no documents supporting this.
The engineers were drinking too much coffee and, when tasked with creating the undercarriage, came away with a Y frame. This is an interesting set up. Not only is it one of the most stout frame designs, it offered the opportunity to literally hide everything. The drive line, wires, hoses, etc, were all hidden above the frame. One of the biggest design ideas was the exhaust system. This runs out of the manifold, thru the inner fender well, then down between the frame and the body. You literally cannot see any piping until the resonator pops out just before the muffler at the back of the car. Cool doesn't even begin to describe this design. This just covers the very beginnings of design features in this car that make it unique. Can you imagine walking into the manufacturer today to find workers block sanding your car? They did with these.
The interior door panels, seats, dashboard, kick panels, and back tray package are all made out of leather. The brakes are power, the steering is power, the seats are power, and last but not least, all 6 windows are power. That's right, even the front vent windows are power.
Our goal with this car is to perform a full scale nut and bolt restoration. The car is pretty much stripped down on the outside now. Our painter of choice will be Mike with Mullins Enterprises. Mike's our Concourse painter and responsible for painting the 63' Roadster we built last Summer. He's also a go to guy for Pierce Arrows, etc.
We have started stripping the frame and pans free of the terrible looking undercoating they put on the underside after the car was built. It did its job, however, what butt ugly stuff it is. While going through the car top to bottom we have literally found no surface rust whatsoever. The car has been perfectly frozen in time. Don't let the pictures of the undercarriage scare you. This is what we call progress.
If you want more information on this car, please call me.
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