1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Custom up for auction

This ultra-low gangster mobile was once a Lincoln Continental Mark II. The completely modernized classic was recently auctioned in the USA.

In the mid-1950s, the Continental Mark II was the finest car from US production. Mostly handcrafted, the price of the elegant luxury coupé at the time was at most comparable to that of a Rolls-Royce. Incidentally, it only wore the silly trade name Lincoln because the engine and transmission came from the shelves of the posh subsidiary of the Ford group and it was sold through their dealer network. Actually, Continental is the brand name; Ford wanted to establish a luxury division that would be comparable to Mercedes-Maybach today.

The Lincoln emblem could be taken away from the Continental Mark II from model year 1956 presented here anyway, if that hadn't happened long ago. This is a custom conversion, in which not even the cover corresponds to the original. The car in its current form comes from a company called SIC Chops from Cave Creek in the US state of Arizona and has already caused a stir at the SEMA tuning fair in Las Vegas.

Chopped and cleaned

Let's start on the outside. Mark II connoisseurs can see at first glance that the Continental is not only lower than the original because of its lowering. Compared to this, the body was "chopped" by about seven centimeters and extensively smoothed and "cleaned". Almost nothing is left of the chrome of the production car, not even on the radiator grille. The SIC team also custom-made the underbody and the rocker panels, as well as the bumpers at both ends of the car. The glossy black paint comes from the color palette of the chemical company Dupont.

The bulkhead between the engine and passenger compartments has also been relocated. A simple necessity, because a much larger engine was moving in: instead of the original six-liter V8, there was a counterpart with 8.5 liters displacement, which came from the racing engine manufacturer Jon Kaase. Expert Jim Inglese supplies the fuel injection. The engine is said to deliver 871 hp and exhales through a custom-fit exhaust system, the two tailpipes of which have been incorporated into the lower rear section in a visually perfect manner. A five-speed automatic transmission distributes the power to the rear wheels.

Parts puzzle in the Mark II

The chassis supplied by the specialist Roadster Shop is also a one-off production. In addition, SIC Chops gave the Continental Mark II components from all sorts of automakers and suppliers: wheel suspension from the Corvette C6, a braking system from Wilwood and 40-spoke wheels with machined hub caps from Colorado Custom.

This style continues inside. The electrically adjustable seats were donated by a Lexus, the few digital displays are supplied by Dakota.Also new are the steering wheel and steering column, as well as the Q-Class audio system from Kicker. Black leather and stainless steel were used extensively in the interior. Only the beige inserts in the seats, on the doors and on the steering wheel stand out from the dark appearance.

Mae West autograph in the trunk

Another unique selling point can be found on the lower side of the trunk: During the restoration, a signature of the superstar Mae West came to light. The Hollywood diva was one of the most famous actresses before the Second World War. How and why the autograph got there is not known. But the SIC Chops squad kept and preserved them as a precaution.

Maybe the new owner will start looking for clues. Barrett-Jackson sold the customized Continental Mark II at an auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, with no reserve bid. The gavel fell at $423,500, which is currently the equivalent of almost €390,000.

Conclusion

What is a car worth that embodied the absolute pinnacle of US automobile construction in its heyday, was extensively modified and modernized a few years ago and then won tuning awards? Quite a lot if the auction result achieved in Scottsdale can be considered representative.

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