1979 Lincoln Mark V Convertible
It's human nature to want to feel special and unique, and we all
choose personal accessories, like clothing and jewelry, that we
feel reflect our taste. Those with the means to do so often treat
automobiles as personal accessories, and in the late 1970's
Lincoln's bold 4 door Continentals were sought by those with
discretionary income and expressive taste.
The Mark V had more ornate styling than the Town Car, befitting its
place on top of the model line. It sported vacuum-operated
concealed headlamps, non-functional fender vents, a
"Continental-esque" trunk lid, and a prominent grille and surround.
Two tone paint, a red convertible top and some wire wheels. Let's
go for a cruise, all in 1979 square and rectangle style.
Merlot side panels adorn this mile long 2 door squared off design
luxury car, and it all is in a pearl white background on the side
panels, and hood and trunk, save for the Continental spare tire
covering. Maroon canvas is the contrasting top, and when it's down
the tonneau covering looks as though someone pitched a tent on the
back of the car because that top needs to cover a large passenger
compartment! The long, long hood presents straight and true, and is
fronted by the concealed vacuum operated headlamps. These flank a
chrome grille with chrome trim and a Lincoln star hood ornament,
which is reminiscent of the classic luxury cars like the Rolls
Royce. Stainless wide rocker trim runs from front to rear fender,
adding bling to the bottom of this car. In the rear are 2 vertical
Cadillac-esque taillights, along with the "spare" tire Continental
trunk lid. Chrome and stainless are in good condition. Wire wheel
covers with faux knock off hubs are seen on all 4 corners, wrapped
in thin white wall rubber.
A swing of any door reveals an amalgamation of many materials that
come together to create a luxurious entry to your pillowed
environment of the passenger compartment, (or should I say
apartment?!). Some wood veneer, padded white vinyl in a maroon
smooth field vinyl along with molded plastic for the power control
panels on the doors and finally some maroon carpeting for the
lowers, and this is just the doors! Moving our wandering eyes to
the inside we see wide padded buckets that butt up against each
other. They are that wide. These are covered with smooth maroon
padded leather, and white leather pillow inserts. The split backs
move forward for easy access to the rear bench in the same color
and pattern as the buckets. The dash is square and rectangle with
white faced square instruments within a wood applique frame
background. Padded red is on the dash top, and along with the rich
looking gauges are plenty of buttons to make everything work. A
Sanyo aftermarket AM/FM/Single CD radio has been put in to replace
the factory radio. Also seen is a digital trip computer if you
will, with a digital display. Maroon carpeting floods the floors
and is slightly faded, and above is a fuzzy red headliner that is
sagging just a bit.
Befitting to the aforementioned luxury, this car comes equipped
with a 400ci Ford V8 engine. It resides in an unrestored and
original engine bay and is surrounded by all the trappings of
convenience powering such as air conditioning, power steering, and
power brakes. Attached to the rear of the V8 is a 3-speed automatic
C6 transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear axle. A glass pack style
exhaust is on to aid with the exhale.
A few light spots of surface rust are seen otherwise it's a fairly
unscathed landscape underneath. Rockers look good, as do floor
pans, toe plates and gas tank areas. Independent coil spring
suspension is in front and providing the rear ride is a 4 link with
coil springs. Power discs are reserved for the front, and power
drums for the rear.
She fires right up and off to the test track I went. I noticed a
bottom end knock at specific RPMs, and the engine has a definite
miss. Otherwise, it rode smoothly, and the interior functions are
all in working order save for the aftermarket radio.
Our consignor tells a story that these Convertible Lincolns were
converted in Texas and that the story goes there were 100 of them
which were shipped to various Shriner locations to be used as
parade cars, hence the color scheme and convertible conversion. So,
don your fez and practice your parade wave!
Y-Wixom, MI Assy Plant
89-Continental Mark V
630485-Sequential Unit Number
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with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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