Lincoln Continental Mark VI
|Lincoln Continental Mark VI|
1980 Mark VI Signature Series 4-door
|Manufacturer||Lincoln-Mercury Division, Ford Motor Company|
|Assembly||United States: Wixom, Michigan (Wixom Assembly)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size personal luxury car|
|Body style||2-door sedan
|Layout||FR layout, body-on-frame|
|Platform||Ford Panther platform|
|Related||Lincoln Continental (1980)
Lincoln Town Car (1981–1989)
|Engine||302 cu in (4.9 L) 5.0L V8
351 cu in (5.8 L) Windsor V8 (1980 only)
|Transmission||4-speed AOD automatic|
|Wheelbase||2-door: 114.4 in (2,910 mm) 
4-door: 117.4 in (2,980 mm) 
|Length||2-door: 216.0 in (5,490 mm)
4-door: 219.2 in (5,570 mm)
|Width||78.1 in (1,980 mm) |
|Height||2-door: 55.1 in (1,400 mm)
4-door: 55.8 in (1,420 mm)
|Curb weight||3,892–4,219 lb (1,765–1,914 kg)|
|Predecessor||Lincoln Continental Mark V|
|Successor||Lincoln Continental Mark VII|
The Lincoln Continental Mark VI is a full-size luxury car that was sold by the Lincoln-Mercury division of Ford Motor Company from 1980 to 1983. As a response to federal fuel economy standards, the Mark VI was the first model of the Mark series with smaller exterior dimensions than its predecessor. Sharing powertrain and many body panels with the 1980 Lincoln Continental, it was based on the then-new Ford Panther platform. As Lincoln's flagship line, the Mark VI offered some features that were not available on the Town Car.
For the first time since 1960, the Lincoln Mark Series was produced in multiple bodystyles. Along with the familiar 2-door sedan, Lincoln reintroduced a 4-door sedan body style. All Continental Mark VIs were produced at Ford's Wixom Assembly Plant in Wixom, Michigan.
The Mark VI was replaced by the Mark VII in 1984, which returned to a coupe-only body style.
In comparison to its Mark V predecessor, the 1980 Mark VI shed over 800 pounds, 14 inches in length. As the Mark V was still popular during the late 1970s, much of its sharp-edged styling was carried over onto Panther-platform Lincolns. Much like the roofline of the Continental/Town Coupe carried over to the 1980 model, the roofline of the Mark VI remained similar to the Mark V (although instead of a hardtop roofline, the Mark VI now wore a B-pillar). To further differentiate themselves from the standard two-door Continentals and Town Coupes, the two-door Mark VI was built on the three-inch shorter wheelbase used by the Ford LTD and Mercury Marquis.
The Mark VI had more ornate styling than the Town Car, befitting its place on top of the model line. It sported vacuum-operated flip-up headlamps, oval opera windows on the C-pillars, a raised "bustleback" trunklid, and a slightly different grille.
Production figures were: 38,891 (1980), 36,398 (1981), 26,336 (1982), and 30,856 (1983)
The Mark VI also was one of the first cars seen with several features commonly seen today; it came with pushbutton keyless entry, digital instrumentation (VFD), and trip computer. Also, it was the first year for the EEC III engine management system which kept fuel economy high and emissions low, an industry first.
Under the hood of the Mark VI, both the 460 and 400 cubic-inch V8s (the former seen in Lincolns since 1968) were replaced in order to meet increasingly stringent federal fuel economy standards. The standard engine was a 129-hp 302 cu in (4.9 L) V8; remarketed as a "5.0 liter" V8, it was the first fuel-injected V8 engine sold by Ford. As an option, a 140-hp 351 cu in (5.8 L) V8 with a variable-venturi 2-barrel carburetor was available; this proved troublesome and was discontinued in 1981.
Introduced for 1980, the AOD automatic helped boost the fuel economy of all full-size cars at Ford; instead of the commonly seen 3-speed layout, it boasted a 4-speed overdrive configuration.
For 1980, the Signature Series was available in both coupe and sedan formats. This edition was a successor to the 1979 Collector's Series option package and included most Lincoln options. These cars were available in either burgundy or silver exterior colors. The only interior color was red, in either leather or velour. Unique features included a rechargeable glove box flashlight, special seat sew pattern, gold and Macaser Ebony wood treatments and a complete digital instrument cluster with fully electronically controlled EEC III engine with a 4-speed AOD, and a leather-bound tool kit in the trunk. When first introduced in October 1979, final cost could exceed $24,000, which converts to approximately $77,986 in today's dollars. By the end of the model year, 1980 prices had increased by nearly $1,000.
In 1981, the Signature Series edition was offered again in red or silver, with a choice of black or white exterior colors being added near the end of the model year. The interior color on these Signature Series cars was red only, in leather or velour. For 1982 and 1983, the Signature Series carried on but lost its exclusive colors as these cars were now available in any exterior color and any interior color. The tool kit and glove box flashlight were no longer featured as well.
Lincoln offered designer editions for the Mark VI Coupe in 1980. These were the Cartier, Pucci, Bill Blass, and Givenchy versions. Each designer edition carried exclusive exterior and interior color combinations, as well as more optional equipment over the standard model.
The designer editions were offered in 1981 for the coupe model only. These included Bill Blass, Cartier, Emilio Pucci, and Givenchy. In 1982 designer editions received a shuffle of sorts as the sedan was now available as an Emilio Pucci edition removing this package from the coupe. The remaining designers-Bill Blass and Givenchy-were available on the coupe; the Cartier edition was dropped from the Mark VI and moved to the Town Car.
For 1983, the Givenchy Edition was dropped and model line-up consisted of the standard coupe/sedan, the Signature Series coupe/sedan, the Bill Blass Edition coupe, and the Emilio Pucci Edition sedan. The Blass edition retained its "carriage roof" (convertible-look) and a unique exterior paint combination exclusive to the model in either vanilla/black/vanilla, or black/vanilla/black. The Emilio Pucci Edition shared this roof treatment for 1983 and had a unique exterior color combination of Dark Blue Cambria cloth top and Blue Flannel Mist body. The coupe version of the Emilio Pucci Designer edition was a mid-year introduction.
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- "1980 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK VI SIGNATURE SERIES 4-Door 5.8L V-8 data in". Automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
- "1980 Lincoln Mark VI 2-Door specs, performance, photo & data". Automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
- "1980 Lincoln Mark VI 4-Door specs, performance, photo & data". Automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
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