View Full Version : Wants a black Mark II

11-21-2013, 08:31 PM
Hi everyone,

I am a long time car enthusiast and no stranger to Lincolns, owned two 72 Mark IV's and a 76 Mark IV I still have.

Along with a 59 Cadillac, a pair of Stutz Blackhawks etc....

I have been looking for a "driver" (had my fill of restoration projects) 56-57 Continental, black is my favorite color.

I had been looking on line at car numbers 2297 and 1766:



I have looked at the forum's pdf history file on both cars. As I am new to the Continental Mark II can anyone offer any opinions of these cars and what questions I should ask the selling dealers?


RL Chilton
11-21-2013, 09:16 PM
Both cars look good from the pics. The one with gray/red interior has aftermarket AC, which is not as desirable as factory installed ac, but, it has the original hubcaps, which is a plus. This car has had it's interior not restored, but freshened up quite well.

The Mark with the white interior has factory ac, no original hubcaps and the interior is starting to show it's age.

Depending on condition of frame and body panels (meaning rust), the better buy would probably come down to the cleaner of the two.

All else being equal, the former looks to be the better buy, but nothing is going to beat an up close and personal. Sorry, did not check out the history of either car.

One question to ask is, how long have you owned your car? Is the seller turning a car or is he selling off an old friend? Makes a BIG difference.

Pat Marshall
11-22-2013, 12:01 AM
I'm not sure about the originality of the red and gray interior of 1766. First, the dash and instrument pod leather for a 1F6M interior was grey, not red. The gear shift plastic was also grey, not red.

Another thing that concerns me is that I'm not sure that the upholstery is leather. To me it doesn't quite look right. Furthermore the dealer listing on EBAY did not mention that the upholstery was leather. Usually dealers jump all over leather interiors in their ads.

Since you are looking for a black car, don't forget 1524 is for sale by Forum Member Dave Carlson. I saw it when I was in Chicago (Volo) last week, and thought it was very nice. Dave just posted that the price of 1524 is now below 30K which puts it in the same price range as these two cars.

Here's the 1524 thread link:

Attached are pictures of 1524 from the Volo website.

11-22-2013, 10:00 AM
Thanks guys. I spoke with both selling dealers and neither good provide much in the way of history.

Car 2297 had disconnected heater cores, non functioning radio and tach along with worn out trunk springs. However I liked its original (though worn) interior and factory AC 9not working of course ;)

Car 1766 looks in better shape but had the same suspicion about the "leather" interior.

Pat thanks for the tip that the Volo car price has been dropped, is it really only 25,545 miles!



Mark II Seeker
11-22-2013, 11:07 AM

1524 is available at Volo Auto Museum. Dave Carlsen is the owner. He is a member of the Forum.

Pat Marshall
11-23-2013, 12:25 AM
April attached is a picture of what the original upholstery materials were for this car (2G6K). The current upholstery for this car (1G6K), also attached, is an authentic Mark II combination, it's just not the way the car came from the factory.

If I were looking for a car, this difference would not matter to me.

Joseph Stebbins
11-23-2013, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the comparison pics Pat. I would prefer the full leather anyway. Also if the color combination was available even as a DSO it would not bother me. These were speciality cars in the first place that were meant to be specified by their owners.

11-25-2013, 01:02 AM



Pat Marshall
11-25-2013, 06:43 AM
For more information on 2510, go to our thread on this car.