There are two ads on Craigslist for today Good price or no dice Mark IV, one at the price we’ll look at and the other at about twice that price. Let’s see if we think it should really be just one.
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At 460 cubic inches, today’s big block V8 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Not as big as yesterday’s Ram V10, but at 228 inches long, the car you’re in spans more than two feet. It all hangs because the two cars, although quite different, share the same wheelbase of roughly 120 inches in diameter.
Revived as the Mark III in 1969 after Ford designer Lee Iacocca ordered Ford Gene Bordinat to put a Rolls-Royce grille on the Thunderbird, the Lincoln Continental’s large coupe was arguably the brightest of all Lincoln models. The Mark IV arrived in 1972, again sharing much of its design with the lesser Ford Thunderbird. I separated some design cues between the models. For example, instead of T-bird’s landau bars, the Mark IV received opera windows. The Lincoln Continental Spare also featured a trunk lid, as well as hidden headlights and De Rigoire Rolls Ebbing Laundry.
It all came in a car that turned the scales by more than two and a half tons. This was an era when Ford advertised its cars as “consonant on the road weight,” and none of them seemed more powerful than the big Lincoln cars. All that surplus needed a big engine to move, and Mark IV exonerates himself on that account as well.
Underneath the plane’s roof…er, there’s the 460 CID V8’s hood, and it still has a carb four. This treadmill was factory rated at 212 bhp (this was the first year manufacturers were asked to report to the grid) and was backed by a C6 three-speed automatic transmission.
This car is interesting in two versions. The first, obviously, appears to be a survivor. The second is that the seller has posted Almost identical ads With completely different price tags on each. Naturally, we’ll go to the lower number.
According to the ad(s), the Lincoln has traveled 97,000 miles and seen an engine rebuild at some point along the way. It is now said to “start immediately”, and to run “smoothly and quietly”. The only other update noted in the ad is a reworked exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. Other than that, it seems like Factory and Iacocca Lee wanted it to be.
The color of the car is medium brown metallic and matched with dark brown leather with tufted upholstery and lots of faux wood grain on the dashboard and doors. It looks like a smoking lounge for a private English club, but the overall look is somewhat distorted by a steering column outside a different car and the bottom half of it is missing. Did Lincoln lose its key at some point which required replacing the ignition and shaft?
There are also a few knobs missing, but this is somewhat countered by the 8-track stereo which is as nice as you can imagine. Aside from all that, the cabin looks very nice and comfortable, and the car seems to have air conditioning and a sunroof, both of which are rare in American cars of this era.
According to the ad, the Mark IV is part of a collection that is picked up by the owner. He currently holds a clean title and wears historic Nevada plates.
What could something of this size and admiration be worth? Well, not the $18,500 requested in a file second ad, surely. But is it worth the $9,988 thrown in first? Let’s find out.
what do you think? he is Is this Lincoln worth asking for $9,988 as advertised? Or is this price totally missing Mark?
It’s your decision!
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