The Lincoln Continental Mark IV was a luxury car at the top end of the personal luxury car market sold under the Lincoln brand of the Ford Motor Company in North America between 1972 and 1976. It replaced the successful Continental Mark III, and was in turn replaced by the Continental Mark V. The “Sure-track” ABS was standard.
The car was both longer and wider than the Mark III, and many believed it far more iconic and head-turning due to its more shapely body and the fender line losing some of its straightness and sharpness. The wheel openings on the Mark III were somewhat tear-dropped at the trailing edge, but the Mark IV’s were symmetrical front to rear in the Oldsmobile Toronado-inspired style then popular.
A further addition to the Mark IV which was to become a universally specified option due to its success was the vinyl roof. The Mark IV additionally introduced the opera window to the Mark series, a feature that would become a Mark trademark until 1984.
The Mark IV and the contemporary Ford Thunderbird were built on a common platform at the same plant in Wixom, Michigan, and were essentially re-badged variants. For the 1977 model year it was replaced by the Mark V, which kept similar dimensions and internals but featured updated straight-edged styling.
Finished in a Dark Metallic Jade with contrasting light jade green interior, this Lincoln MK IV most definitely catches your eye. Resplendent in original condition throughout, this charmingly coloured car from the last year of production is an iconic American highway cruising coupe.