Lincoln Continental Mark II
The Continental Mark II was a personal luxury car produced in 1956 through 1957. Many aficionados of the automobile consider the Continental Mark II one of the classics of the postwar period.
The new Continental was not intended to be the largest nor the most powerful automobile, rather the most luxurious and elegant American car available, designed to recapture the spirit of the great classics of the prewar period—with prices to match.
For power, the Mark II featured the newly offered 368-cubic-inch (6.03 L) Lincoln V8. Standard equipment in the Lincoln line, the engines selected for the Mark II were effectively factory-blueprinted, assembled from the closest-to-specifications parts produced available. Turning out 285 hp (213 kW) in 1956, the engine was tuned to produce 300 hp (224 kW) in 1957. The engine was mated to a three-speed Lincoln automatic, and both engine and transmission were subject to extensive pre-release testing.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania and in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
Source: RM Auctions and Wikipedia, 2011
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