The Continental Mark V is a personal luxury coupe that was marketed
by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company from the 1977 to 1979
model years in North America. The fourth generation Mark series,
the Mark V was derived from its Continental Mark IV predecessor,
bringing an extensive update to the interior and exterior design.
While only sold for three years, the Mark V is the best-selling
generation of the Mark series, with 228,262 examples produced.
At 230 inches long, the Mark V is the largest two-door coupe ever
sold by Ford Motor Company, with the 233-inch long two-door and
four-door Lincoln Continental sedans (produced alongside it) as the
only longer vehicle ever marketed by Ford. Distinguished by its
sharp-edged exterior design, design themes of the Mark V would be
adapted onto Lincoln vehicles throughout the 1980s. For 1980, the
Mark V was replaced by the Continental Mark VI. As the Mark series
underwent downsizing in the interest of fuel economy, the Mark VI
saw significant reductions in exterior dimensions.