2-fer: ’58 Continental Mark II
The new Continental was not intended to be the largest nor the most powerful automobile; rather, the most luxurious and elegant American car available, designed to recapture the spirit of the great classics of the prewar period—with prices to match. The Mark II’s inspiration was the celebrated V12-powered Lincoln Continentals of the 1940s. It was never to be known as a Lincoln but a separate division. However it was sold through Lincoln dealers and used many Lincoln parts. Go figure.The Continental was a very special car. The styling, done in-house by John Reinhart and engineered by Gordon Beuhrig, was devoid of excess chrome. It was almost European in design. And the cost at over $10,000 was equal to a Rolls or 2 Cadillacs. It was embraced by the Hollywood elite with Sinatra, Liz Taylor and Elvis on the list of owners. But this exclusivity came at a price. Ford was said to lose a $1000 for every car sold – and roughly 3,000 were sold. Half are said to survive including today’s example. This is a rare California black plate with no rust repairs. It has been cherished by the second owner for 40 years. It was recently treated to a new interior using the exact patterns and leather as original. mechanically it is in great running condition with the original engine in place and in fine tune. The listing talks of some small cosmetic issue caused by improper jack placement that can be repaired. Always wonder why things that are said to be easily repaired aren’t repaired by the seller. That’s just us. This one could sell near the top of the chart for Mark 2s. That would be around $40,000. Click here for the listing.