The original Lincoln Continental was built in 1939 to be Edsel Ford’s personal car, and was never intended for production. The car became an instant classic, however, and 5322 Continentals were built until manufacturing ceased in 1948.
Even after production stopped, the Continental’s popularity and demand remained strong, with people clamoring for its return. Part one of this rarely seen 1955 Ford film takes you back to 1952, when work began on designing an all-new Continental Mark II.
In 1956, after 4 years from concept to completion, Ford introduced the luxurious Lincoln Continental Mark II. Priced at $10,000, it was one of the world’s most expensive cars. This was what the the biggest celebrities of the day drove, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.
Part 2 of “Creating the Lincoln Continental Mark II” is a fascinating look at how Bill Ford’s “modern formal” design concept was taken from the drawing board to production and beyond.
Starting with one of the most iconic luxury cars of the ’60s, a 1966 Lincoln Continental, they added a supercharged, 662 hp, 5.8 liter Trinity V-8 engine from arguably the most powerful Mustang ever produced, the 2013-2014 Ford Shelby GT500.
The result is simply known as “Bad Ass Lincoln”. What else could you call it?