Summer Of Lincoln Love Weekend: 1956 Continental Mark II

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You can’t show some Lincoln love without mentioning the mid-’50s Continental Mark II, although technically it was not a Lincoln. While the Lincoln star appears on the car, the Lincoln brand does not. Ford even started a separate Continental division to make and market the car, though that division, under Wm Clay Ford, only lasted as long as the Mark II, two years. The blue Mark II pictured above (photographed at the ’11 Eyes On Design show) was the personal car of Mr. Ford, one of five grandchildren that Henry Ford had and the father of current Ford chairman Bill Ford. It is painted in Honolulu blue and the interior is Honolulu blue and silver, the team colors of the Detroit Lions, which Mr. Ford owns. In addition to the custom paint and custom interior, instead of a Lincoln star, the center of the steering wheel has a WCF monogram. This particular car is part of a collection of three Ford family owned Mark IIs, now owned by Jim Schmidt, whose family runs National Parts Depot.

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