Commemorative Poster For 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Features Ford Family Lincolns
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (April 16, 2013)
-- When Edsel B. Ford II came upon the 1956 Lincoln Continental MK II
last year, he admired the long lines and elegant custom styling of the
automobile, but he didn't immediately recognize it. Imagine his surprise
when he learned the car had, in fact, belonged to his mother, Anne, as
evidenced by the original owner's manual inscribed with her name.
In all fairness, Edsel was just 8 years old when his father, Henry Ford
II, ordered the car for his wife, who drove the luxury vehicle for about
two years before selling it to her personal assistant for use as a
The car, now impeccably restored, will be among the many pre- and
postwar custom-bodied Lincolns featured at the 63rd Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance on August 18 at Pebble Beach Resorts. It also stars
on this year's commemorative Pebble Beach Concours poster, printed from
an original painting created by Ken Eberts, founder and president of the
Automotive Fine Arts Society. Also depicted on the Concours poster is
the 1939 Lincoln Zephyr created for Edsel's grandfather, Edsel Bryant
Ford, who served as president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 through
1943, bringing both style and finesse to the Lincoln marque.
The 1956 Lincoln currently belongs to Rick Schmidt, whose father Jim
discovered the dilapidated vehicle in a classified ad. Had they not
already owned a 1956 metallic mint green MK II that had belonged to
Benson Ford, and a 1956 sapphire blue metallic MK II that had belonged
to William Clay Ford Sr.--both brothers of Henry Ford II--the Schmidts
would not have taken on the project.
'It seemed only right to have the trio of 1956 MK IIs originally owned
by the Ford brothers,' says Rick, 'so we bought the car and dove into
the project, taking on our biggest restoration challenge yet. It is now a
stunning car, and we're thrilled to bring it to Pebble Beach.'
Purchased through Ford's central office, with the names of Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Ford II on the original factory production order, the car cost
$10,000, the price of a house in 1956. The only MK II ordered with a
Hartz cloth roof, the interior of the car is upholstered in elegant gray
wool broadcloth with red piping and contrasting black leather on the
door panels and dash. The car also is unique in that it was finished
without a hood ornament at Anne's request.
'My mother was a very sophisticated woman and her MK II definitely
mirrored her personality,' says Edsel. 'I am pleased to announce the
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is bringing a never-seen-before special
Lincoln to the Pebble Beach Concours for display. I look forward to
that--and to seeing my mother's car again. It is a beautiful
Continental, and I am honored Rick Schmidt is bringing it out.'
Portraying the Continental on canvas has been a wonderful trip through
time, says Eberts: 'In 1955, at 12 years of age, when the 1956
Continental MK II debuted, I was excited. In 1965, as a designer in the
Lincoln Studio, I was inspired by the MK II. And today, in creating the
poster art for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, I am proud to be
portraying this car's classically simple, subtly sculptured, impeccable
design. With just the right amount of jewelry in the form of chrome, it
was a statement of exquisite taste and elegance.'
Eberts' final poster artwork will be featured at the Automotive Fine
Arts Society exhibit at Pebble Beach that is sponsored by the Lincoln
Motor Company and held in tandem with the 63rd Pebble Beach Concours
d'Elegance on Sunday, August 18.
The 2013 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance poster, with artwork by another
AFAS artist, Barry Rowe, will celebrate the centennial of Aston Martin.
The 2013 Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster, with art by Tim Layzell, will
focus on the Porsche 911. The Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance presented by
Rolex takes place on Thursday, August 15, and RetroAuto opens Friday,
August 16, and continues through Concours Sunday.
Information on all of the events of Pebble Beach Automotive Week and
tickets for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance are available at