Lot 647: 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V

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Spectacurlarly Preserved- 14,409 Actual Miles

Purchased in July, 1978, at McKinney Lincoln- Mercury in Salem, Oregon, the striking automotive landmark has been carefully stored since the end of the 70’s by the original owner. It was uncovered not far from the dealership that sold it and is sclose to as it was when purchased brand new.

Attention-grabbing in Dark Red Metallic Moondust and larger than life, this gorgeous Mark V has clocked a scant 14,409 miles since it left the assembly plant in Wixom, MI. It is highly optioned and fully-documented, and comes complete as delivered, with every factory or dealer supplied tag, manual or piece of paperwork, including the original window sticker, metal ownercard, and two build sheets.

Motive power is the 7.5 litre 460. The big block is complemented by an optional four barrel and dual exhaust system and packs 360 lbs. of torque. In standard trim, the luxury Continental was already loaded, but this Mark V came with an additional 21 options as shown on the window sticker. Among the extra-cost amenities are power vent windows, miles to empty indicator, and a time-capsule quadraphonic eight track. (See full option list below).

Extreme originality is what this Mark V is all about. It is intact down to the smallest detail. The Red/Rose Luxury Group interior, well padded with leather, is as new and unmarked. The silence and comfort while gliding down the road are unmatched. You feel the weight and solidity Lincoln engineered into this car.┬áIt’s still rolling on the Michelin 225-15 X radials as equipped, with generous tread left.

The 1977-79 Mark V was Lincoln’s final three-year run of the Mark in a decade that celebrated “huge”. It is widely considered the best built and designed of the later 70s American luxury coupes, sharp of line and still elegant.