1956→1957 Continental Mark II


1956→1957 Continental Mark II

1956→1957 Continental Mark II

In 1956 Ford launched Continental as an entirely new brand and the Mark II with some of the highest standards in the industry. Costing almost five times more than the average Ford, the Continental was very limited and meant to challenge the best that Cadillac could produce.

Attention to detail was high and each Mark II was hand built. Despite the high price tag, Ford still lost money on every model, which they would correct for the 1958 model year.

Over a two year production span, the model was a successful as a halo car to the Ford brand with over 3000 units sold. Famous personalities such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley were owners of this model.

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In Detail

type Series Production Car
production years 1956 – 1957
built at USA
production 3000
price $ $ 9,966
engine V8
aspiration 4bbl
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed 4BBL Carburetor
displacement 6030 cc / 368.0 in³
power 212.5 kw / 285 bhp @ 4600 rpm
specific output 47.26 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 123.22 bhp per tonne
torque 543.68 nm / 401 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
f suspension Control Arms, Coil Springs, Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Live Axle w/Leaf Springs
curb weight 2313 kg / 5100 lbs
length 5547 mm / 218.4 in
width 1969 mm / 77.5 in
height 1422 mm / 56 in
transmission 3-Speed Automatic
0 – 60 mph ~11.5 seconds