Model: Continental Mark V
Description of Vehicle: 59,870 original miles. All options including sunroof and turbine wheels. Extensive recent maintenance including exhaust, shocks, and custom tires. Runs and drives superbly, ready to enjoy!
This beautiful 1977 Mark V is one of those beautifully preserved survivors that seem to show up now and then, particularly from this era, and it shows just 59,870 original miles. The Dove Gray color is a timeless choice, far superior to many of the earth tones of the era, making this Mark V more desirable than most. As far as we can determine, it’s wearing 100% original paint, which has a soft shine that only time can create and which looks exactly right on the big, flashy coupe. It appears to have spent a majority of its life in Florida, which means no winters, not salt, and no rust in any of the usual spots.! The only issues might be some faint micro-blisters on the hood, but they’re all but invisible unless you go looking for them, and perhaps a small smudge where part of the burgundy pinstripe was rubbed away. Quite honestly, you won’t find many 40-year-old cars that look better than this.
The chrome is, of course, in excellent condition with only the most modest signs of age, and the padded roof is original and quite nice. You’ll also note the opera windows show “Cartier,” indicating that this is the top-of-the-line Cartier edition (many enthusiasts wrongly believe that the presence of a Cartier clock makes a car a Cartier edition—all Mark Vs had Cartier clocks). This is a big car that delights in showing you its details.
The leather interior is in excellent order, showing only minor comfort marks that are well within expectations for age and mileage, very plush carpets that are protected by a set of heavy-duty mats, and perhaps most surprisingly, a dash pad that hasn’t been cooked by the sun (while in Florida, this car was surely garaged). The door panels are also original and there’s some minor discoloration on the arm rests, which is pretty typical, but otherwise it’s quite nice. There’s plenty of faux wood on the dash, door panels, and steering wheel, which warms up the otherwise monochromatic interior, and it appears that this car has virtually every available option: automatic climate control, cruise control, power windows, locks, seats, and mirrors, a reclining passenger’s seat, an AM/FM/8-track stereo radio, twilight sentinel and auto dimmer system, and a glass moon roof, which remains fully operational. The back seat looks almost completely unused, and the trunk is as beautifully furnished as the interior, including what might just be the original full-sized spare tire with jack assembly.
With just 59,000 or so original miles, this car’s 460 cubic inch V8 has never been opened up and owners of similar vehicles will report that the engine will last virtually forever with just basic maintenance. Emissions controls were not a huge issue yet, so a basic 4-barrel carburetor helps build power and never gets fussy, starting quickly and idling smoothly even when cold. Throughout the engine bay there are signs of proper maintenance and care, and that’s factory-issued Ford Blue engine enamel on the block and air cleaner. It’d tidy, clean, and nicely preserved, if not detailed for show. Extensive recent servicing makes it a reliable travelling partner and there’s nothing this car loves more than to gobble up huge expanses of highway on a long road trip.
Looking underneath, you might be surprised by its specifications: dual exhaust, big front and rear sway bars, and 4-wheel disc brakes, making the Mark V a surprisingly competent machine under all conditions. A C6 3-speed automatic transmission is robust and durable, shifting all but imperceptibly under normal conditions; squeeze the accelerator and suddenly you find yourself cruising at 60 MPH without much sensation at all. Out back there’s a heavy-duty Ford 9-inch rear end with 2.73 gears inside, which is part of why this car is such a tremendous highway cruiser. The exhaust system is recent and was custom-built by an exhaust shop to exactly duplicate the original, complete right down to new catalytic converters and even the separate ground straps! The undercarriage is completely original but remains in great shape, more evidence of a life lived someplace warm and dry. New shocks are fitted all around and the brakes have been recently serviced. Optional “turbine” aluminum wheels are unmarked and in excellent shape and carry expensive new 235/75/15 Diamondback twin whitewall radials that were custom made to emulate the unique Goodyear Polysteel Radials original on the car, a design exclusive to the Mark V.
This car also includes books, manuals, and the original Cartier plaque for the dashboard, which was removed by the second owner (it has the first owner’s name on it).
Big ‘70s luxury cars are a growing segment of the hobby and this Lincoln is very easy to like. This is a beautiful car, properly maintained, loaded with options, and in great colors. If you want a first-class trip to the ‘70s, there’s no better way back than this. Call now!
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