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1956 Continental

The 1956 Continental is a hand-built, ultra-luxury coupe offered by the Continental division of the Ford Motor Company for the model year 1955-57. The car was dubbed the Mark II denoting the second generation, following the 1939-1948 Lincoln Continental. At the time the Continental was the most expensive car sold in the United States, being offered for $ 9,960.00 (equivalent to $ 93,150.00 in 2018). Ford is reported to have lost about $1,000 on each Mark II it sold. Thirty-three years later, in 1989, Ford introduced the Mark III.

1956 Continental



Year: 1956
Make: Continental
Model: Mark II
Submodel: Mark II Hardtop
Color: Beige
Country of Origin: USA
Model Years: 1956
Body Style: Hardtop Coupe
Doors: 2


Traction: Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Spark-Ignition 4 stroke
Engine Specs: 368 cui
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Fuel System: Carburetor
Cylinders: V-8
Horsepower: 285 hp
Transmission: 3 Speed -Automatic

Dimensions & Chassis

Length: 218.5 in
Width: 77.5 in
Wheelbase: 126 in
Tire Size: 80-15
Brakes: Drum/Front & Rear


0-60: 10.6 sec
Top Speed: 123 mph


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