1956 Continental Mark II Interior, Showing Steering Wheel and Instrument Cluster

Summary

The dashboard of the 1956 Continental Mark II featured an instrument panel inspired by airplanes, with a pushbutton radio, watch-dial gauges, and throttle-style climate control levers.

The dashboard of the 1956 Continental Mark II featured an instrument panel inspired by airplanes, with a pushbutton radio, watch-dial gauges, and throttle-style climate control levers.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1955

Subject Date

1955

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.107399.64

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.125 in

Width: 9.938 in

Inscriptions

Printed on attached press release: RELEASE A.M. OCTOBER 5, 1955 / The simplicity of the interior design of the Continental Mark II, Ford Motor Company's new prestige automobile to be introduced this month, is heightened by the functional arrangement of the instruments. The cluster at left has four indicators -- for fuel, oil pressure, temperature and battery. Next is the speedometer-odometer. Third from left, an electric clock with sweep second hand. At right, a tachometer. The dashboard and the hood over the instrument cluster are trimmed in imported leather dyed to harmonize with the interior color scheme. The floor of both the interior and the luggage compartment is covered with deep-pile carpeting. Just above the tunnel housing and convenient to both driver and front-seat passenger are throttle-type heater and air controls. Each rear-seat passenger has an individual heater outlet. The safety steering wheel is a new feature on all Ford Motor Company passenger cars. / Public Relations / CONTINENTAL DIVISION / Ford Motor Company / DEARBORN, MICHIGAN

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