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

typeSeries Production Car
production years1956 – 1957
built atUSA
production3000
price $$ 9,966
engineV8
aspiration4bbl
valvetrainPushrod OHV
fuel feed4BBL Carburetor
displacement6030 cc / 368.0 in³
power212.5 kw / 285 bhp @ 4600 rpm
specific output47.26 bhp per litre
bhp/weight123.22 bhp per tonne
torque543.68 nm / 401 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
front brakesDrums
rear brakesDrums
f suspensionControl Arms, Coil Springs, Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionLive Axle w/Leaf Springs
curb weight2313 kg / 5100 lbs
length5547 mm / 218.4 in
width1969 mm / 77.5 in
height1422 mm / 56 in
transmission3-Speed Automatic
0 – 60 mph~11.5 seconds