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UNDATED DESIRABILITY The Mark II's appeal comes from a design which is not whimsical, shallow, or frivolous and therefore is not dated. And, speaking of not being dated: Ford maintained that the Continental Mark II did not have a year designation, unlike every other car ever produced. It was simply "Mark II". Regardless of when it was built, every Mark II's serial number (or VIN as we call it today) starts with "C56", a vague reference to the model year in which the MKII was introduced. Naturally, motor vehicle departments and other authorities disagreed with Ford's premise and assigned a year designation on titles and registrations. Likewise, bureaucratic entities refuse to acknowledge that a Continental Mark II is not a Lincoln, however its legions of enthusiasts know better. Proof-in- point of the Mark II's desirability is that almost 60 years after it was manufactured, over 50% of these cars survive. Even if we consider individual series or body styles, the Mark II stands alone in this respect.
Ford Motor Company's Continental Division built the Mark II in 1955, 1956, and 1957 at Allen Park, Michigan.  3,057 examples of the Continental Mark II were produced.
Access the Mark II database. All 3,000+  Continental Mark IIs are in the database, all VINS,,,most of them have complete data plate code information. Selling dealer, owner history, and other facts when available. The info columns can be ordered as you wish. The database is free to browse and print.Log in as a guest, and click on the upper left corner of your screen “Mark II Registry”.
If you own a Mark II and would like to edit your car’s information, send an email to vin@lincolnvault.com.
A Continental Mark II in front of the Allen Park Assembly Plant. The facility was also known as Ford's "Pilot Plant" where pre-Job #1 and other test vehicles were built. In 1957 this building became the headquarters for the Edsel Division, and some Edsels were built here. Ford also tested assembly line procedures here before they were implemented at other locations. The building stands today, at 17000 Oakwood Boulevard, facing I-94.
EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST A CAR Peruse some car websites devoted to  other single types. Thunderbird Registry - for all years of the Ford Thunderbird Lincoln Vault - for 1950-1980 Lincolns and Lincoln Continentals Cougar Club - for all years of the Mercury Cougar

The Continental Mark II

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UNDATED DESIRABILITY The Mark II's appeal comes from a design which is not whimsical, shallow, or frivolous and therefore is not dated. And, speaking of not being dated: Ford maintained that the Continental Mark II did not have a year designation, unlike every other car ever produced. It was simply "Mark II". Regardless of when it was built, every Mark II's serial number (or VIN as we call it today) starts with "C56", a vague reference to the model year in which the MKII was introduced. Naturally, motor vehicle departments and other authorities disagreed with Ford's premise and assigned a year designation on titles and registrations. Likewise, bureaucratic entities refuse to acknowledge that a Continental Mark II is not a Lincoln, however its legions of enthusiasts know better. Proof-in-point of the Mark II's desirability is that almost 60 years after it was manufactured, over 50% of these cars survive. Even if we consider individual series or body styles, the Mark II stands alone in this respect.
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