Lot 353 - 1978 Lincoln Continental Mk.V
|Odometer reading||52,250 miles|
|Estimate||£6,500 - £8,500|
The Continental was produced by the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company from 1939 to 1948 and again from 1956 to 2002. Despite often sharing the same floor plan with less-expensive Fords in more recent years, the Lincoln Continental name conveyed a special cachet being a distinctively styled, highly equipped luxury car in the course of its long history. In 1975, the 2-door hardtop model was replaced with a pillared coupé; the 4-door received a new roofline to further differentiate it from Ford and Mercury models. The Continental Town Coupé received a square opera window in its rear pillar while the Town Car received an oval one. The braking performance was a sore point on full-size American cars of that time but was improved as the Continental became one of the first American cars with 4-wheel disc brakes. In 1977, the radiator grille changed from a rectangular type to a Rolls-Royce style grille. The new grille was both higher and narrower than in previous years, but the position of the headlamps remained unchanged. To hold the line on price and to increase fuel economy, previously standard luxury features gradually became optional over the decade, with the 460 cu in, 7½ Litre engine becoming an option during the 1977 model year. In 1978 Continentals had the 400 cu in standard engine and the 460 optional but, for Model Year 1979 the 460 was dropped and only the 400 cu in, 6.6 litre engine was available. Rear fender skirts were reduced in height for the 1978 model year, revealing more of the wheel opening and four-wheel disc brakes were optional. The 1970-1977 models share the same dashboard design, while for 1978 and 1979 Lincoln replaced it with a plusher version of the contemporary Mercury Marquis dash. By 1979, the Continental measured 233.0 inches and weighed between 4,900-5,500 lb depending on the year. After General Motors downsized its full-size product line-up for 1977, the Continental became the largest mass-market car produced worldwide at the time, surpassed only by purpose-built limousines such as the Mercedes-Benz 600 and Rolls-Royce Phantom VI. The 460 cu in, V8 was also the largest displacement engine in any production car worldwide from 1977 to 1978.
This Lincoln Continental Mk.V Town Coupé was imported from Washington State in May 2012 and is fitted with the large engine option. Finished in dark blue with white interior, the vendor informs us that the car is completely rust free, totally original and drives like it is brand new. It has had a recent service and MOT and has also been fitted with a new exhaust system and windscreen. This Mk.V Continental is supplied with a V5C registration document, a MoT test certificate which expires in April 2015, the original handbook and a copy of the US title document. It also has a file of invoices. This is an iconic American car from the 1970's with all the luxury and style of a top of the range European car from the same period.
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