I Don't See One of These Very Often

 By: cazalea : February 13th, 2020-14:09
An older blonde woman driver going a good 70 mph

1956 Lincoln Continental


Saw one many years ago on Topanga in the San Fernando Valley . . .

 By: Dr No : February 13th, 2020-14:30
. . . and just managed to put my eyeballs back in their sockets before passing it by.


Wow, very nice looking one. And I am not a big fan of american cars. [nt]

 By: amanico : February 13th, 2020-15:34
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Technically not a Lincoln, but the Mark II was incredible!

 By: Wojo : February 13th, 2020-17:45
In 1956 and 1957 the Continental was a stand alone division of Ford, a step above a Lincoln (much like the early Imperial for Chrysler). The Mark II was a hand built automobile rivaling the Rolls Royce both in price as well as exclusivity. Ford lost a $1000.00 on each one produced. These are the last of the great American hand built cars...absolutely awesome. 
You have a great eye, and luck to catch one of these in the wild. There is a gentleman in my town who has his father’s 1956 in unrestored and for its age amazing condition. What a presence on the road. 
Thank you,

Its majestic [nt]

 By: Gelato Monster : February 13th, 2020-20:16
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An extraordinary beautiful car

 By: George Gently : February 13th, 2020-22:02
Never seen such a ‘56 Continental. To me this is car-art; design at it’s best. I like coupé’s that are a bit more stretched and I love it when the distance between front wheel and A-pilar is long, like in this case. Do you know how long the car as such measures?
Thanks very much for showing, @cazalea

Continental = 6 m long, 2200 kg

 By: cazalea : February 14th, 2020-04:56
1956-1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II Specifications

General Specifications
Continental Division, Ford Motor Company
Dates of Manufacture
June 1955-May 1957 
Body Type
two-door hardtop 
As-New Price
$9,695 (1956), $9,966 (1957) 
Wheelbase (in.) 
Overall Length (in.)
Overall Width (in.) 77.5 
Overall Height (in.) 
Shipping Weight (lbs) 
4,797 (1956), 4,825 (1957) 

Drivetrain Specifications 
Engine Type ohv V-8
Bore x Stroke (in.) 
4.00 x 3.66 
Displacement (cu. in.) 
Compression Ratio (:1) 
9.0 (1956), 10.0 (1957) 
4-barrel downdraft (Holley 1956, Carter 1957) 
Exhaust System 
Horsepower @ rpm 
285 @ 4,600 (1956), 300 @ 4,600 (1957) 
Torque @ rpm (lbs/ft)
402 @ 3,000 (1956), 415 @ 3,000 (1957) 
Fuel Capacity (gal)
Crankcase Capacity (qts) 

Radiator Capacity (qts) 
Transmission Type 
Lincoln Turbo-Drive 2-speed torque-converter automatic 
Final Drive ratio (:1) 

Chassis Specifications
Front Suspension independent; upper and lower control arms with ball joints, coil springs, temperature-sensitive shock absorbers 
Rear Suspension 
live axles, semi-elliptic leaf springs, temperature-sensitive shock absorbers 
power-assisted recirculating ball 
Turns Lock-to-Lock 
Turn Diameter (curb-to-curb, ft)
power-assisted 12.0-inch cast-iron drums front and rear 
Wheels (in.) 
15 x 6.5 (drop-center rim) 
Tires (in.)
8.20 x 15 (tubeless 4-ply whitewall) 

Standard Equipment 
Power steering; power brakes; power front seat; power door windows; power vent windows; AM radio; heater; choice of cloth or leather upholstery; full interior and trunk carpeting; tachometer; electric clock; full engine instrumentation; tubeless whitewall tires; full wheel covers; dual exhausts.

Performance (a)
0-60 Acceleration (mph)
Top Speed (mph)
Fuel Consumption (mpg) 
(a): Ratings based on contemporary road reports

Thank you

 By: George Gently : February 14th, 2020-06:52
for the specification sheet 👍

Nice. Looks to be missing hub caps or wheel covers. Seen a few of these over the years or at least 57 model but the T-Birds are more common. [nt]

 By: Blansky : February 14th, 2020-06:24
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Yes, this is a much rarer "Bird"! One wonders if the caps were stolen. Otherwise, what a beauty! [nt]

 By: InDebtButOnTime : February 14th, 2020-11:14
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