Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1983 Lincoln Mark VI Sedan
The Lincoln Continental Mark Series debuted in the 1956 model year and ran until 1998, with a hiatus for most of the 1960s. The Mark V was absolutely enormous, weighing well over two tons, but certain geopolitical events conspired to jack up fuel prices to the point at which a somewhat smaller Continental Mark made sense.
Enter for consignment the 1983 Continental Mark VI. Initially owned by an elderly lady who used it to go to church and run errands, (yes, I know, but it is really true!), then picked up by the current consigner in Montana from her son and driven to NY. It has its faults and will need some TLC on issues presenting, but meanwhile I can tell you what I know!
Early 80's square and rectangle design abounds on this car with its Rolls Royce-esque grille, hidden headlights, opera window C pillar, vinyl padded top, and rocker wide stainless steel trimming. You can be rolling in style with just the turn of a key. All metal is bathed in French Vanilla Metallic and the padded vinyl top is silver rattle can painted with some wear off areas. The long hood culminates with dual hidden headlights, (currently not hidden due to covers being in op), a large chrome bumper and some corner running lights/turn signals on either side of the corners of the front quarters. Some venting is just behind the front wheel well, gaps on the 4 doors are fair minded, and on the rear of the car is more vertical corner lights this time in red with some horizontal marker lighting next to the spare tire bump out on the trunk lid, (let's call that the original Continental bumper!). Wire spoked wheel covers are on all 4 corners and wrapped with thin white sidewall tires. On the rockers is a wide trimming that goes from the bottom of the car to just below the first bump out of the doors and panels. Some paint in the French Vanilla respray is cracking, and paint is definitely wearing thin on the rattle can silver painted vinyl. Also, a plastic trim highlighter on the rocker stainless is wavy and faded.
A swing of the heavy but well balanced well appointed doors shows some molded vinyl in tan, some faux wood grained appliqu, gold carpeting and plenty of convenience toggles and joysticks. Gaffers tape covers some cracking that has occurred on the molded vinyl panels. Slipping inside we see some well worn velour broadcloth in darker tan, overstuffed and tuck and rolled in the inserts and in large wide bucket form. In the center are dual folding down armrests. In back, another velour broadcloth bench in darker tan fairing better than the front buckets, presenting clean and buttoned and very nicely preserved. All this is floating in a sea of gold carpeting which shows a few smidgens and light fading. The original dash is a mixture of more molded vinyl in light tan, wood appliqu and a trio of lined up square gauges for the cluster in front of the driver's wheel. More toggles, pulls and another joystick along with temp sliders and an aftermarket pioneer stereo unit mounted in the dash's wood appliqu panel in the center. Headliner is fuzzy broadcloth and is tight and tan.
Under the large, in charge, long, and strong hood sits a 302ci V8. This unit is fairly clean and most other parts seen within this engine bay are clean as well, with little corrosion or surface rust. This mill is fed by EFI, and on back is an AOD 4-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle is an 8.8 inches Ford, and has a 3.08 gear ratio.
The first notice of any trouble is on the passenger's side behind the front wheel well there is some extensive frame invasive rusting going on. Other areas show some surface rust, in particular the brake lines are very rusty. I can note the rear axle shows a leak, and amazingly stamped floor pans are black and un-rusted. Coil springs and rear axle as well as some of the frame is showing heavy surface rusting. Power disc brakes are in front, and power drums for the rear. A somewhat rusted but still intact exhaust system snakes its way rearward from the engine bay.
Hopping in it started right up and off to the test track I went. It handled well, accelerated smoothly, and brakes were fair. The power windows are in operable, and I needed to jiggle the switch to get the dash lights to come on. This is some of the TLC which will be needed.
A 2 owner example, square and rectangle design, fair paint, decent interior, and some non working convenience functions and we can call this car a small project to get it back to perfection, but patience will be necessary with the electrical issues.
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