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1976 Lincoln Continental MkIV Cartier Edition

MAKELincoln
MODELContinental MkIV Cartier Edition
REGISTRATIONEHJ 228P
ENGINE SIZE7565
TRANSMISSIONAutomatic
MILEAGE100,000
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE1976
CURRENT V5
COLOURRed
INTERIORLeather

1976 Lincoln Continental MkIV Cartier Edition

  • From an American Car Collection
  • Extremely Usable American Classic
  • New Power Steering Pump
  • Priced to sell
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Description

  • From an American Car Collection
  • Extremely Usable American Classic
  • New Power Steering Pump
  • Priced to sell

The Lincoln Continental MkIV is a personal luxury car that was marketed by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company from 1972 to 1976. The third generation of the Mark series, the Mark IV grew in size over its Continental Mark III predecessor. As with the previous generation, it saw little direct competition in the American marketplace, competing nearly exclusively against the Cadillac Eldorado.

As with the Mark III, the Lincoln Continental MkIV shared its chassis with the Ford Thunderbird –  Ford assembled the MkIV at its Wixom, Michigan Assembly Plant facility alongside the Ford Thunderbird. But it received its own bodywork below the windows. Hidden headlights made their return, along with a radiator-style grille, and a Continental spare tyre boot-lid.

For 1976, the Designer Series option package was introduced; in what would become a tradition for the Mark series (and later Lincoln), the option consisted of specially coordinated exterior and interior trims developed between Lincoln and contemporary fashion designers of the time.  Our MkIV is the lovely Cartier Edition.

This particular model was taken in part exchange to join our vendors extensive American Classic collection. Registered in 1976 and finding its way across the pond within a year, it was first registered in the UK in March 1977. Our vendor acquired it about a year ago from its previous owner, who had owned it for twenty-one years, and he has only put 30/40 miles on the clock but has now decided to reduce his collection.

Unfortunately, there is not a great deal of paperwork with the car as the previous owner did not think it was too important to keep it.

Exterior

The Lincoln Continental MkIV piled on the grandiosity of the period with its hidden headlights, Rolls-Royce grille, stand-up hood ornament, miles-long hood, half vinyl top and oval-shaped opera windows. In 1976, Lincoln gave the Mark IV an extra dose of snob appeal with special models that had colour schemes and options selected by famous designers. As previously mentioned, this model is a Cartier Edition, which actually was one of the more tasteful renditions.

This flagship luxury coupe from Ford’s Lincoln division has almost endless presence along with almost endless length as you walk around it, it takes quite some time to check the whole thing over and as our vendor has shared it is not perfect but is a very solid and respectable example.

Close inspection will show that the bonnet edges where it meets the wings are showing some bubbling under the paintwork.  Presumably caused by a little moisture in the basecoat when the, believed to be original, Dove Grey paintwork was changed to the Starsky and Hutch Red, there is a little more bubbling along the roof where it meets the top of the doors and a little micro blistering across the top.

Bearing in mind that this Cartier Edition in now close to fifty years old it has held up remarkably well, the brightwork is showing a little pitting here and there but again it is all pretty solid and will come up much better with a little polishing.

None of those aforementioned blemishes really detract from what is a good solid car.

Interior

Opening the massive driver’s door leads to a moment where you just have to step back and marvel at the luxury of the stunning interior, the Cartier Edition was lavished with opulent luxurious leather seats that just cannot be matched for comfort, it truly was the pinnacle of luxury in what was termed “The Me Years” of car design due to the extraordinary amount of luxury that were fitted to this era of cars. Sliding in immediately puts a massive grin on your face as you take in the opulence, from the thick luxury carpet to the swathes of leather laden throughout, it really is stunning.

The electric seats adjust as they should, which is a minor miracle when you think how hard they must have worked with so much leather making the seat heavier than the person sitting on it –  1970s engineering at its finest!  That being said, our vendor has advised that everything works as it should bar the electric door glass on the driver’s side which is a little sticky and intermittent, oh and the little toggle for the electric mirrors has been snapped off at some point in its long lifetime.

The roof lining has a little damage where one of the lights has been removed but that’s not too tricky to rectify

Engine

What can be said about the big block V8s that were fitted to these Marks that have not already been said? The seven and a half litre engine was never built to compete with its competition but boy could it move. Being such a large car you would expect a big engine but Lincoln did not hold back when choosing the Ford 385 series V8 engine to put in their flagship model.  You could cruise all day without ever stressing the engine, and let’s be honest that’s what these big luxury coupes were designed for.

Our vendor has advised that it runs as it should and he has no concerns whatsoever with either the engine or with the Ford C6 three-speed automatic transmission that is mated to all the Lincoln Continental marks.

Wheels Tyres Suspension and other

As you would expect from a flagship model, the Lincoln Continental MkIV just wafts along content to carry you in the lap of luxury to wherever you are going without fuss or faff. Depressing the pedal with a heavy foot we see you lurching forward by that muscle car power before settling into a comfortable sweep and swoosh around the bends, it really is a joy to behold when driving a luxury coupe from this era.

The original deep-dish polished wheels are in great condition and look fantastic, the tyres are all showing plenty of tread.

There are no obvious knocks or squeals coming from the suspension and the brakes work exactly how they should.

The power steering pump has been replaced recently so there are no worries on that score either.

Our view

Big luxury coupes from the states just do not come any better than this, with its nearest competitor being the Cadillac Eldorado, not a bad car itself, it was always going to be the winner and as such really was at the pinnacle of luxury cars in its day.

Priced to sell, admittedly this Cartier Edition Lincoln Continental MKIV does need a little work but it is genuinely a very usable classic.

In its current condition or with a little TLC you really are going to buy a lot of car for very little money so get bidding.  Good luck!

Vehicle Location: Huddersfield West Yorkshire HD75 – it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
e*************k £1,000.00 2022-09-01 06:38:11
Start auction £1,000.00 26/08/2022 11:00 PM

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