Lincoln Continental Mark IV
1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV
1976 Continental Mark IV Givenchy Edition Interior
|Assembly||Wixom Assembly, Wixom, Michigan|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupe|
|Engine||460 cu in (7.5 L) Ford 385 V8|
|Transmission||3-speed C6 automatic|
|Wheelbase||120.4 in (3,058 mm)|
|Length||228.1 in (5,794 mm)|
|Width||79.8 in (2,027 mm)|
|Height||53.5 in (1,359 mm)|
|Predecessor||Lincoln Continental Mark III|
|Successor||Lincoln Continental Mark V|
The Continental Mark IV is a two-door personal luxury coupe that was sold by Lincoln from 1972 to 1976. Following the success of the Continental Mark III, Lincoln renewed the model line to again compete against the Cadillac Eldorado.
Sharing the underpinnings and much of the roofline with the redesigned Ford Thunderbird for 1972, the Mark IV was given distinct body styling from the windows down. In addition, the Mark was distinguished by hidden headlights and the "Continental spare tire" trunklid. A feature retained from the Mark III was "Sure-track" brakes, which was one of the first American cars to become equipped with anti-lock brakes. Both front seats were power adjustable.
All Continental Mark IVs were assembled at the Wixom Assembly Plant in Wixom, Michigan, alongside the standard Lincoln Continental and the Ford Thunderbird. For 1977, the Mark IV underwent a substantial exterior styling revision and was replaced by the Continental Mark V.
As in the redesign of the 1970 Lincoln Continental, Ford chose an evolutionary design to build on the success of the Continental Mark III; the Mark IV built upon the "long-hood, short deck" proportions, sharp-edged fenders, hidden headlamps, and a tall, radiator-style grille. In the rear, the "Continental trunk lid" made its return. However, as a cost-cutting move, the roofline of the Mark IV and the Thunderbird was a shared design. In a change from luxury-car tradition, the rear wheel openings were the same height as the front openings (similar to the Oldsmobile Toronado).
In 1973, the federal requirement of 5 mph bumpers necessitated a redesign of the front grille; a year later, the rear bumper was redesigned with higher-mounted taillights.
All Mark IVs were equipped with a vinyl roof. The Mark IV introduced the opera window to the Mark series, a feature that would become a Mark trademark until 1984. In 1972, it was an almost universally specified option and from 1973 onward it was standard equipment.
All Mark IVs were equipped with the 460 in³ (7.5 L) Ford 385 series V8 engine. 1972 Mark IV's were rated at 365 bhp Gross, the engine being a direct carry-over from the previous Mark III. In 1973 compression-ratio was lowered considerably due to new changing EPA requirements, and Ford adopted a new SAE method of measuring horsepower, resulting in 212 SAE net hp (158 kW). The performance-gap between the 1972 and its later-year brethren was significant. All model years drove through a C6 3-speed automatic transmission.
Continental Mark IV Designer Editions
The Mark IV debuted a new tradition for the Mark Series, which later spread to other models in the Lincoln model range. Earlier, the Mark III had an Cartier-branded clock installed optionally. In 1976, the Designer Series was introduced as four special-edition models. Each edition was an option package with color, trim, and interior choices specified by notable fashion designers (Bill Blass, Cartier, Givenchy, and Pucci). Each edition carried the designer's signature on the opera windows and were fitted with a 22 karat (92%) gold-plated plaque on the instrument panel which could be engraved with the original owner's name. The concept was successful and would continue on other Lincolns until the end of the 2003 model year.
For 1976, four designer editions were offered:
|Designer Edition||Exterior||Vinyl Roof||Interior|
|Bill Blass||Dark Blue (cream and gold pinstripng)
cream or body-color moldings
|Cream "Normande Grain"||Blue cloth or leather
|Cartier||Dove Grey (red and white pinstriping)
|Dove Grey "Valino Grain"||Dove Grey cloth or leather|
|Givenchy||Aqua Blue "Diamond Fire" (black & white pinstriping)
white or body-color moldings
|White "Normande Grain"||Aqua Blue cloth or leather|
|Pucci||Red "Moondust Finish" & Silver (silver and red pinstriping)
silver or body-color moldings
|Silver "Normande Grain"||Dark Red "Majestic" cloth|
Sales and pricing
Specifications (1976 model)
|US||Metric||vs. Mark III|
|Wheelbase||120.4 in||3058 mm||+2.7%|
|Overall length||228.1 in||5791 mm||+1.9%|
|Width||79.8 in||2027 mm||+0.5%|
|Height||53.5 in||1359 mm||+1.1%|
|Weight||5,264 lb||2,388 kg||+11.1%|
|Engine||Ford 385 series V8|
|Displacement||460 in³||7.5 L|
|Bore × stroke||4.36 × 3.85 in||111 × 98 mm|
|Power (SAE)||202 hp||148 kW||@ 3800 rpm|
|Torque||356 lbf·ft||482 Nm||@ 2200 rpm|
|Transmission||Ford C6 3-speed automatic|
- "Directory Index: Lincoln/1973_Lincoln/1973_Lincoln_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- "Directory Index: Lincoln/1974_Lincoln/1974_Lincoln_Continental_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- "Directory Index: Lincoln/1976_Lincoln/1976_Lincoln_Continental_Mark_IV_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- Automotive Mileposts. Lincoln Continental Mark IV. Retrieved on May 7, 2005.
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