Lincoln Mark II and Elizabeth Taylor
In 2012 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Lincoln did not have any new cars to display, since the future of the brand was in flux. So, the carmaker brought out a classic from the Golden Years of Hollywood and the heyday of automobiles. In 1956-1957, the Continental Lincoln Mark II was the most glamorous automobile available. It was built by hand and cost nearly $10,000, which was the equivalent of a Rolls Royce and a Bentley at the time.
Sadly, the Lincoln Mark II only was in production for one year since Ford reported losing at least $1,000 per car. The luxurious name plate was not only own by Elizabeth Taylor, but by other icons from the decade like Elvis Presley, Dwight Eisenhower, and Frank Sinatra. While all of the approximately 3,000 Mark II models that Lincoln sold, the Elizabeth Taylor car is the most special. Her car was a gift from her movie studio, Warner Brothers, which not only had the car specially built for her, but they also had the interior hand-dyed and the exterior specially painted to match her blue-lavender eyes.
The special car was just as exotic and gorgeous as the recipient. The curves matched hers and the big white wall tires were just as bright as her intoxicating smile. To pay homage to the owner, Warner Brothers placed a California license plate with the name “LIZZY” on it. She received the car after filming the 1956 movie Giant where she played alongside Rock Hudson, James Dean, and a young Dennis Hopper.
As with many car stories from the Golden Age of Hollywood, the car has a second history now that Taylor no longer owns the car. The current owner first saw a Mark II when he five years old and he completely fell in love with it. As an adult, he hunted down a Mark II that he could call his own and after he found one in the blue and had it shipped to his home. The car came with a collection of paperwork which showed Taylor as the original owner. Today, the car is a masterpiece of restoration work and has won several awards. Over 50 years later, only about 1,500 Lincoln Mark II cars remain, making them highly sought-after classic autos.