1971 Lincoln MK III
The 1969 Mark III was created when Lee Iacocca, Ford's then
Vice-President, Car and Truck Group, at the time, directed Design
Vice President, Gene Bordinat, to "put a Rolls-Royce grille on a
The Mark III was intended to compete head-to-head with the top of
the domestic personal luxury car market, Cadillac's heavily
redesigned front wheel drive Eldorado. Separating it in style, the
Mark III was squarer and more upright than the Thunderbird,
highlighted by an unashamedly rip-off Rolls-Royce style grill
flanked by hidden headlights, with an ersatz Mark II spare tire
bulge on the rear.
For consignment a very straight, consistent gapped, resprayed to
color match of original Lincoln. There is little to compare the
ride of these very large and long cars that represented early
1970's excess. The high-end car market was the most profitable for
Ford, and the MK III led the way.
Light Gray Metallic covers the massive, but straight body panels,
hood, and trunk. Some recent minimal body work (documented as to
exactly what) was performed prior to the respray. Hidden headlights
work well but open only when the car is running due to the vacuum
needed to operate them. Chrome on the front grille is near perfect
and is topped with a Lincoln star. Bumpers, brite work, and badging
is all in very nice condition. A black vinyl top, framed in chromed
drip moldings, glass framed in chrome, and a stainless molding at
the rocker all appear in good condition. At the rear of the car is
the metal bump in the trunk lid simulating a spare tire holder,
which has the C O N I N T E N T A L badging in the upper portion in
a semi-circle. A headlight sentinel is mounted to the upper
driver's side fender.
Swinging open the doors reveals a high back dual bucket seat
configuration which is covered in red leather. The seats have a
wonderful pattern of slight wear as expensive leather that has been
used but well cared for tends to have. Each seat has a center
armrest, and on the other side a door panel with all the power
controls one would ever wish for at your fingertips. These include
power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, and a power
adjustable seat. Scanning the beautiful stitched red vinyl dash
with wood inlays, we see more conveniences in each frame. Climate
control, cruise control, Am/FM Stereo, and interior lighting
switches. Very nice red carpeting covers the floors and appears in
good condition. Above is seen a near perfect headliner also in deep
red. A shout out to the trunk area which appears showroom.
The largest optioned power plant is seen in an original engine bay.
The 460ci 4V V8 is attached to a C6 automatic transmission which
shifts like a dream...very smoothly.
Showing minor surface rust, overall a very sturdy environment.
Rockers, lower door panels, floor pans, and suspension overall
appears very sound and some parts were recently replaced with a
recent well documented "once over" if you will.
This car has been brought up to a very sound body wise, and
mechanically sound example of a large Lincoln. All the nagging
little problems have been fixed, and all you need to do is turn the
key and drive it away, in complete luxury. Road Trip!! All
presented at a fair price to boot.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.