Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
For consignment, and daring to be different among its competitors, we proudly offer for you a title verified 15,949 original mile example of the 1985 Lincoln Mark VII. A slew of recent maintenance and routine care make this car ready to show and enjoy. Classy lines, the iconic Lincoln grille and all the amenities one could ask for make this the next collectible, right out of the affordable 1980's
For this year, Lincoln broke with several traditions. One being gone are the long and boxy designed previous editions that were held on to with tooth and nail and finally the top brass decided to acquiesce and forego the hidden headlights and utilize the much smaller rounded design for this year's car. Unlike GM and Chrysler, whose downsized cars were mostly generic unemotional boxes, Ford didn't sacrifice style in the process of going smaller with the Mark VII, giving it a look that was like no other car on the market. Even more impressive is how designers managed to incorporate traditional Mark Series styling cues - such as a prominent radiator grille, long hood and short deck, (it is a Foxbody car after all), rakish, (for the class), roofline, and even a Continental spare tire bulge - seamlessly into the modern, aerodynamic sheet metal for a contemporary stately elegance. Our excellent example is bathed in Sand Beige Metallic paint with only a few minor inclusions to note. All else is shiny and some features of this year aircraft styled door sills that wrap slightly into the roofline, and a gracefully swooping rear glass that eventually ends up on a smoothed over spare tire hump on the back. Highly polished wheels top off this car's elegant looks perfectly.
Tasteful fawn beige flirts with faux wood panels for the doors and full on leather on the overstuffed seats. These big buckets up front have several padded panels in the beige leather color and sport ribs for that extra oomph of luxury. In the center is an undulating center console which houses window and side view mirror controls, an ash receptacle, and shift lever. These are all within more faux wood paneling which rises to the center dash where we can tune the factory AM/FM/Cassette player, temp controls, or play with a litany lineup of toggles that will bring various blue readout displays at the touch of your fingers. Interestingly the dash did not get the rounded look message and hangs on top of the square and rectangle design motif that the exterior has since forgotten. Displays are all in blue and all in LED readouts and are with square panels in front of the driver. Beige carpeting floods the floors, and a nice tight tan headliner floats above the massive overstuffed rear bench that could double as a queen size bed in a pinch if the mood so motivates you. The only flaw to note in this interior is the bezel around the overhead courtesy light has come loose.
All stuffed under the long aero, euro styled hood and behind the iconic grille is a 5.0 Liter V8 fed by EFI. Almost no patina is noted, and the various cast aluminum parts have no corrosion, overall very clean and appearing nearly showroom. A long list of maintenance was recently performed including a full tune up, a coolant flush was performed along with new hoses and a new thermostat. New belts are also seen and our consignor notes that a new A/C compressor was installed along with valve cover gaskets. An AOD 4-speed automatic transmission is on back with a Ford 8.8-inch rear axle with 2.73 gears.
Straight structurally sound steel which is remaining rust free and unibody construction supports the upper car and drivetrain. Slight surface rust is forming on the rear pumpkin and axle and lightly on the brake housings but remains mostly unremarkable. Suspension is Macpherson strut and airbag for the front, and a 4 link with more airbags for the rear. A totally smooth ride is obtained for any conditions. Power disc brakes are on all 4 corners with new front calipers, and the single exhaust is the parts the car was born with and still looks great.
A quick starter and a smooth idle where I did not even realize it was running! I hopped in the luxurious leather interior and on the test track was treated to total comfort and ergonomic controls right at my fingertips. Nice acceleration, good solid braking, and even nimble handling for that bagged suspension. Definitely a great cruiser with all the bells and whistles working perfectly.
A fine example of the new aero, smooth compact exterior restyling to meet the times when European luxury cruisers were invading our shores in droves. This car does a nice job of keeping up with the Germans and presents well. A beautiful exterior and interior combo, let's take a long road trip to break her in!
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