The New York International Auto Show is set to return later this month following an elongated COVID-19 induced absence, and the long-running event promises to offer up plenty of new vehicles, concepts, and informative displays for those in attendance. That will also include one very cool relic from the past – Elvis Presley’s 1956 Continental Mark II, which is just one of the many Lincolns owned by the iconic singer over the years (though Continental was its own brand back then), which included a Lincoln Zephyr, a Lincoln Continental Mark 5, a Lincoln MK IV, and a Lincoln Continental Lehmann-Peterson Limousine, to name just a few.
Presley’s 1956 Continental Mark II will be visiting the New York Auto Show from its normal home at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, and is quite the special vehicle in its own right. In a process overseen by William Clay Ford Sr., the Mark II’s development aimed to create a vehicle that would represent the very best the world had to offer in terms of luxury.
The quality and attention to detail present in the Mark II is something to behold, whether that be the painstaking paint process that involved coating, baking, and sanding two double-coats of paint on each example to the interior, where FoMoCo sourced only select Scottish leather.
When the Mark II was revealed in Paris in 1955 as a 1956 model, it became the most expensive car on sale at the time with an MSRP of $9,966. That made it attractive to celebrities and wealthy folks, including Presley – who was fresh off a year in which he had 17 songs in the Billboard 100 and four number one hits. Just 3,000 Mark IIs were built in total, making each one quite special. But only one of them was owned by the “King of Rock ‘n Roll.”
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Is Graceland running short on cash? Elvis’ car collection was one of the highlights of my trip there. He must be rolling over in his grave. What’s next? The pink Cadillac?
My mistake. My reading comprehension must have been turned off. The grand car is just going to be on display.
What a Lincoln Was But No Longer…….until the ford family decides Lincoln will be in the same field as MB, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus and all.
The Mark II was in the same level as Rolls Royce as was Lincoln in the 1920’s and 30’s. Now the Lincoln brand is only considered a better Mercury. (no classy styling. no unique models. Only fancy Fords with a higher price and window dressing.
We will never see the classy, unique, sophisticated, individual Continental Marks again….
Rule # 1 at Ford: Mustang, F150 and Bronco are King.
Rule #2 at Ford: Lincoln can never be better or sell more than Ford.
Rule #3 at Ford: Anything that turns out better than Mustang, F150 and Bronce are automatically axed as are the individuals involved in the designing of said vehicle. (this means Lincoln can never offer anything decent)
Rule # 4 at Ford: Reread Rules 1 – 4