1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Pucci Edition
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1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Emilio Pucci Edition
From Ford Motor Company's perspective, the greatest satisfaction of the Lincoln “Mark” cars of the seventies lay in their regularly out-selling arch-rival Cadillac's comparable models. Car enthusiasts, however, simply remember the cars as the defining American luxury vehicle of the day. The Continental was even immortalized in the seventies movie classic, “The French Connection,” where a Mark I car was the well-heeled French villain's choice for smuggling cocaine into the country. There was just something about this car's long-hood, short-deck, sharp-edged styling, luxury appointments, and classic grille that communicated: “First Class.”
Very few of these big, beautiful cars have survived in the outstanding condition of the Mark V Continental offered here in silver, with a dark-gray landau padded roof. Originally assembled in the Wixom, Michigan plant, the car was shipped to the Cleveland (DSO33) market for sale. More than four decades later, calling its condition “showroom-like” is no overstatement, as the more than 150 photographs and the video available on the our main website (Garage Kept Motors) clearly demonstrate. From Florentine fashion designer, Emilio Pucci's, perfect signature on the c-pillar opera window designating this as one of four different designer-edition Lincoln choices for 1978, to the near flawless condition of the paint, brightwork, and glass across the entire car, this is a top-tier survivor of the top-tier personal luxury model of its day.
Ample power travels from the 400 cubic-inch V8, through an automatic transmission, to the street via Michelin thin-stripe whitewalls around full-width wheel covers. The engine compartment is complete and unaltered, while the underside of the car is tidy with only minor surface rust visible on a few components. The car has clearly benefitted from regular loving care, and limited use.
Open one of the two wide cabin doors and enter what can only be called a seventies den of automotive comfort. Seats in dove-gray leather accented with burgundy trim are appropriately padded and nicely broken-in, exhibiting no undue wear. Front buckets feature individual center armrests. The use of burgundy carpet and trim nicely contrasts with the sliver exterior (although the exterior double-line burgundy pin striping hints at the delights inside). The burgundy dashboard is a period statement of status with square analog instruments highlighting the Continental trademark and abundant faux wood trim. Unlike way too many examples from the era, the woodgrain still shows in overall near-perfect shape. A power glass moonroof, air conditioning, the original AM-FM stereo/cassette audio system, and even a period-correct security alarm system are all in place and operational. Displayed total mileage of 71,000 accumulated over 30 years, is less than what most average owners would rack up in just five years.
Included in the sale are a host of maintenance and repair documents, a long-term owner's binder of information, and the original owner's manual. This symbol of seventies status is sure to impress classic car enthusiasts. And it'll look pretty special in your driveway, too. Call or email before it goes to someone else's garage.