Lincoln Continental Mark V

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Lincoln Continental Mark V
Lincoln Continental Mark V (Auto classique Laval '10).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1977–1979
Assembly Wixom, Michigan, USA
Body and chassis
Class Personal luxury car
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 402 cu in (6.6 L) 400 Cleveland V8
460 cu in (7.5 L) 385/Lima V8
Transmission 3-speed C6 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 120.5 in (3,061 mm)[1]
Length 230.3 in (5,850 mm)[2]
Width 79.7 in (2,024 mm)[2]
Height 52.9 in (1,344 mm)[2]
Curb weight 4,762–4,960 lb (2,160–2,250 kg)[2][3]
Chronology
Predecessor Lincoln Continental Mark IV
Successor Lincoln Continental Mark VI

The Lincoln Continental Mark V is a personal luxury coupe that was sold by the Lincoln-Mercury division from the 1977 to the 1979 model years. Derived from the same chassis of its Mark IV predecessor, the Mark V was the largest member of the Lincoln Mark series ever produced. With an average of 75,000 units sold in each year available, the Mark V is also the best-selling version of the entire Mark series.

Overview[edit]

Jock Ewing's 1977 Lincoln Mark V on display from the television series Dallas
Hood ornament and grille insignia

For the 1977 model year, after a five year production run, the Continental Mark IV was replaced by the updated Continental Mark V. In a cost-cutting move, Lincoln chose to re-use the same chassis and underpinnings (also shared with the 1972-1976 Ford Thunderbird).

Using a cancelled Mark IV styling proposal as a starting point,[4] Lincoln-Mercury designers replaced much of the rounded, flared detailing of the Mark IV with sharp-edged "bladed" fenders; the theme carried over into the greenhouse with a squared-off roofline. Styling cues unique to the Lincoln division (concealed headlights, oval opera windows and classic revival radiator grille) and the Continental Mark series (simulated trunklid "spare tire hump") were retained. To aid engine cooling, the Mark V gained functional fender louvers.

In a sign of the changes to come in the automobile industry, the Mark V made steps towards improving the fuel economy of luxury cars. While physically larger than its Mark IV predecessor, careful weight reduction measures trimmed 400 pounds from its curb weight. To further improve fuel economy, the 460 V8 was no longer standard equipment; the standard engine was the 400 Cleveland shared with the Ford Thunderbird and the full-size Ford and Mercury car lines.

Year-by-year changes[edit]

  • 1977: Mark V introduced. Although technically an option, all Mark Vs are built with a padded rear vinyl landau half-roof unless custom-deleted by buyer.[5]
  • 1978: Larger radiator added. 400 engine detuned for better fuel economy. Full imitation convertible "carriage roof" top [5] Digital "Miles to Empty" gauge becomes an option.
  • 1979: Last year for Mark V. Vinyl roof can no longer be deleted. 460 V8 and dual-exhaust 400 V8 discontinued. Cassette tape player added to radio options.

Features[edit]

1977-1978 Continental Mark V, rear 3/4 view. This is one of the few cars with landau-roof delete.

Standard on all Mark Vs are four-wheel disc brakes (carrying over "Sure-Track" anti-lock brakes from the Mark IV as an option), a Cartier in-dash clock, a padded vinyl roof (unless deleted by special-order option), and full power accessories including automatic climate control.[5][6]

A new optional feature for the 1978 Mark V was the "Miles-To-Empty" indicator. This was a small rectangular display, located to the right of the steering wheel, which sat in place of the standard equipment "low fuel" warning lamp. The amber LED readout would indicate the estimated distance (in miles) available before reaching empty based on remaining fuel, fuel consumption, and driving habits. This system was a precursor to the electronic digital full-instrumentation which would be available on the 1980 Continental Mark VI. The system represents a first for an American automobile manufacturer, as it is the first dashboard LED display of an automobile's mechanical function.[7]

Powertrain[edit]

On all versions of the Mark V, the 402 cu in (6.6 L) 400 Cleveland V8 was the standard engine. The 460 cu in (7.5 L)385/Lima carried over from the Mark III and IV was now an option on all Mark Vs sold outside of California. After 1978, the 460 was deleted from the Mark V engine lineup (as well from all Lincolns for 1979); the Mark V was the last of the Mark series available with any Ford large-block V8 engine.

As with its Mark III and Mark IV predecessors, the engines in the Mark V were paired with the 3-speed C6 automatic transmission; this would be the last Mark to use this transmission.

Ford 400 Cleveland V8[8]
Type V8
Displacement 402 cu in (6.6 L)
Compression Ratio 8.0:1
Carburetor Motorcraft 2150 2-barrel
Power (SAE net) 166 hp (124 kW) @ 3800 rpm
Torque (SAE net) 319 ft·lbf (433 N·m) @ 1800 rpm
Ford 460 V8[8]
Type V8
Displacement 460 cu in (7.5 L)
Compression Ratio 8.0:1
Carburetor Motorcraft 4350 4-barrel
Power (SAE net) 208 hp (155 kW) @ 4000 rpm
Torque (SAE net) 356 ft·lbf (483 N·m) @ 2000 rpm

Designer and special editions[edit]

1979 Lincoln Mark V Bill Blass Designer Edition (with full vinyl roof)

During its production, the Mark V was offered in four customized Designer Editions. As with the Mark IV, the editions included Bill Blass, Cartier, Givenchy, and Pucci. Strictly a cosmetic upgrade, the Designer Editions each offered a custom set of exterior and interior colors and trim. On each edition, the vinyl roof was constructed of materials unique to that edition; in addition, Givenchy models were distinguished by their front-half vinyl roof configuration. All four versions were distinguished by trunklid badging as well as badging on the opera windows.

In 1979, the Bill Blass edition adopted a canvas version of the carriage roof for an imitation convertible look. The same year, Cartier editions adopted the color-keyed wheels of the Diamond Jubilee/Collector's Edition models.

Lincoln Mark V Designer Edition Specifications[9][10]
Bill Blass[11] Cartier[12] Givenchy [13] Pucci[14]
Exterior Color
1977

Midnight Blue Metallic Finish

1978

Midnight Cordovan

1979
  • Tu-Tone Midnight Blue Moondust Metallic and White
  • White (with White Carriage Roof)
1977

Dove Grey

1978

Light Champagne

1979

Light Champagne

1977

Dark Jade

1978

Midnight Jade

1979

Crystal Blue Moondust Metallic

1977

Black Diamond Fire Metallic

1978

Light Silver Metalli

1979

Medium Turquoise Moondust Metallic

Interior Color/Trim
1977

Chamois Leather (with Pigskin Textured Inserts)

1978
  • Cordovan Ultravelour Cloth
  • Cordovan/White Media Velour
1979
  • White Leather (with Midnight Blue accent straps and piping)
  • Midnight Blue Leather (with White accent straps and piping)
1977

Dove Grey (Leather, Majestic Velour)

1978

Champagne (Leather, Media Velour)

1979

Champagne with Dark Red trim (Leather, Media Velour)

1977

Dark Jade (Leather, Majestic Velour)

1978

Jade Leather (with Broadlace-embroidered Givenchy "G" logo)

1979

Dark Crystal Blue Leather (with Broadlace-embroidered Givenchy "G" logo

1977

White Leather (with Black trim)

1978

Dove Grey/Dark Red Leather

1979

White Leather (with Midnight Blue trim)

Top Design
1977

Chamois Lugano Grain Landau Vinyl Roof

1978

Light Champagne Landau/Full Vinyl Roof

1979
  • White Carriage Roof (standard)
  • White Full Vinyl Roof (optional)
1977

Dove Grey Landau/Full Vinyl Roof

1978

Light Champagne Landau/Full Vinyl Roof

1979

Light Champagne Landau Vinyl Roof (Dark Red Molding with integral coach lamps)

1977

Chamois Lugano Grain (Front-half Roof)

1978

Chamois Lugano Grain (Front-half Roof)

1979

Crystal Blue Valino Grain (Front-half Roof)

1977

White Cayman Grain Landau/Full Vinyl Roof

1978

Black Cayman Grain Landau/Full Vinyl Roof

1979

Midnight Blue Full Vinyl Roof

Other Notes

Diamond Jubilee Edition (1978)[edit]

Lincoln Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition

Ford Motor Company had its 75th anniversary in 1978. To commemorate this Ford produced two automobiles as limited editions. The 1978 Continental Mark V was one, the 1978 Ford Thunderbird was the other. Only 5,159 Diamond Jubilee Editions were produced.

The Diamond Jubilee was available in only two colors: Diamond Blue and Jubilee Gold. Whichever color was chosen, it was repeated throughout the car. In addition to the special clearcoat paint, the vinyl-insert bodyside moldings, vertical bars on the grille, bumper guards and rub strips, turbine-style cast aluminum wheel vanes, and padded vinyl deck lid kickup with matching vinyl-insert lock cover were all coordinated. Additionally, the operational exhaust vents on the front fenders held chrome beading.

Also matching the exterior color scheme, the interior featured front bucket seats with a padded center console. The console provided extra storage, and came equipped with an umbrella built into the underside of the padded armrest. The seats were upholstered in luxury cloth with a unique sew style.

Other distinctions included padded leather in high wear areas of the interior, as well as ebony wood-tone inserts on the instrument panel, door trim panels, front seat backs, and console - even the ignition and door keys held a matching ebony wood-tone insert. All Diamond Jubilee Marks were supplied with a leather bound owner's manual and tool kit. The outside edges of the opera windows were also beveled, and featured Diamond Jubilee Script and a simulated diamond chip laminated between the glass. The unique hood ornament featured crystal-like inserts within the Lincoln "star" emblem. After delivery, the customer could choose to have his or her initials monogrammed on the doors, interrupting the bodyside stripes. Most Mark V optional features were standard on this car, including the new digital LED "Miles-To-Empty" fuel gauge that calculated approximately how far the car could be driven with the remaining fuel in the tank, based on fuel level, driving speed, and fuel consumption rate.[15]

Every new owner was given the special car keys and could request a Ford created cookbook entitled "Ford Diamond Jubilee Recipe Collection".[16]

The 1978 Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition carries another distinction as it was, per the 1978 Lincoln brochure, the most expensive American standard-production automobile available in 1978. After the package price was added to the base Mark V, the final sticker price was approximately $22,000. Some of the select few extra-cost options available were 7.5 L 460 V8 engine, dual exhausts, power moonroof, and 40-channel CB radio.

Collector's Series (1979)[edit]

The 1979 Collector's Series Mark V had essentially the same equipment as the Diamond Jubilee Edition of 1978 and there were very few equipment options. Offered in just two colors initially, Midnight Blue Moondust Metallic and White, two additional colors, Light Silver Moondust Metallic and Diamond Blue Moondust Metallic, were offered later in the year.

Midnight blue cloth bucket seats and a console were standard, however seats were also available in a choice of blue leather or white leather. A price reduction was provided for the leather-equipped cars, which did not include the console or the folding center rear armrest. Unique paint stripes on the bodyside and hood, as well as Collector's Series script on the rear roof quarters, gave the Collector's Series unique touches. Unlike other Mark V models, these cars did not include opera windows. Gold colored grille bars and a padded contoured decklid accent with matching vinyl insert also set it apart. Naturally, this, and the above-mentioned Diamond Jubilee Edition, remains the most collectible example of the late seventies Mark V. Actor Tom Selleck was used in media advertisements for the car; this was prior to his television fame as Magnum, P.I. Being as fully optioned as the car was, naturally the retail price reflected this abundance. The "Collector's Series" option added approximately $8,000 to the base price of the standard Continental Mark V, bringing it to almost $22,000 US dollars which was about three times the cost of a regular Ford automobile at the time.[17] This option package was also available on the Lincoln Continental sedan which boosted the retail price of that car into the more modest but still pricey mid-$16,000 range.

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Murilee Martin. "Cartier Cheapens Brand For Eternity With 70s Lincoln Editions". 
  7. ^ http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/lincoln/79mark/bilder/17.jpg
  8. ^ a b "1977 Continental Mark V Production/Specifications". Automotivemileposts.com. 1976-10-01. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Interior Trim 1977 Continental Mark V". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Interior Trim 1978 Continental Mark V". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "1979 Continental Mark V Bill Blass Designer Edition". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "1979 Continental Mark V Cartier Designer Edition". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "1979 Continental Mark V Givenchy Designer Edition". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "1979 Continental Mark V Pucci Designer Edition". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
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