Lincoln Continental Mark V

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Continental Mark V
1979 Continental Mark V Givenchy Designer Edition
ManufacturerLincoln (Ford Motor Company)
Model years1977–1979
AssemblyUnited States: Wixom, Michigan (Wixom Assembly)
Body and chassis
ClassPersonal luxury car
Body styletwo-door coupe
LayoutFR layout
RelatedContinental Mark IV
Ford Thunderbird (1972–1976)
Engine400 cu in (6.6 L) 335 Series V8
460 cu in (7.5 L) 385/Lima V8
Transmissionthree-speed C6 automatic
Wheelbase120.4 in (3,058 mm)[1]
Length230.3 in (5,850 mm)[2]
Width79.7 in (2,024 mm)[2]
Height52.9 in (1,344 mm)[2]
Curb weight4,762–4,960 lb (2,160–2,250 kg)[2][3]
PredecessorContinental Mark IV
SuccessorContinental Mark VI

The Continental Mark V is a personal luxury coupe that was marketed by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company from the 1977 to 1979 model years in North America. The fourth generation Mark series, the Mark V was derived from its Continental Mark IV predecessor, bringing an extensive update to the interior and exterior design. While only sold for three years, the Mark V is the best-selling generation of the Mark series, with 228,262 examples produced.

At 230 inches long, the Mark V is the largest two-door coupe ever sold by Ford Motor Company, with the 233-inch long two-door and four-door Lincoln Continental sedans (produced alongside it) as the only longer vehicle ever marketed by Ford. Distinguished by its sharp-edged exterior design, design themes of the Mark V would be adapted onto Lincoln vehicles throughout the 1980s. For 1980, the Mark V was replaced by the Continental Mark VI. As the Mark series underwent downsizing in the interest of fuel economy, the Mark VI saw significant reductions in exterior dimensions.

All Continental Mark Vs were assembled alongside the Lincoln Continental at the now-closed Wixom Assembly Plant in Wixom, Michigan.

Design overview[edit]

Jock Ewing's 1977 Continental Mark V on display from the television series Dallas

While the Mark IV would prove successful in the marketplace, Ford Motor Company was financially unable to justify a clean-sheet design for the Mark V, necessitating the chassis of the Mark V be derived from its predecessor. In what would be a key move for the future of the Mark series, for 1977, Ford split the Mark and Ford Thunderbird (counterparts since the 1969 Mark III) to reduce internal competition. To give Ford a stronger offering against the Chrysler Cordoba, Dodge Charger and the General Motors quartet of the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and Pontiac Grand Prix, the Thunderbird became the counterpart of the Mercury Cougar XR7, replacing the slow-selling Ford Elite.

Hood ornament and grille insignia


The Continental Mark V shares its chassis architecture with its predecessor, the Continental Mark IV (developed as a counterpart of the 1972–1976 Ford Thunderbird). During the development of the Mark V, Ford was unable to justify the expense of designing an all-new platform for the vehicle. However, following the successful launch of the Mark IV, a significant design departure would also be considered risky. Although sharing many underpinnings with the Mark IV, in the interest of fuel economy, many updates were performed by Ford engineers. Four-hundred pounds of curb weight was cut bringing the Mark V down to 4600 pounds from the Mark IVs 5000 pounds.[4]

In the interest of fuel economy, the 1977 Continental Mark V was equipped with the smallest-displacement engine fitted in a Lincoln or Continental since 1957. Shared with the Ford Thunderbird/Mercury Cougar and Ford LTD/Mercury Marquis, the standard engine for the Mark V was a 400 cubic-inch V8. Outside of California, the 460 V8 remained available as an option. In 1979, the dual-exhaust version of the 400 was discontinued; the 460 was discontinued in the Mark V (and all Lincolns).

Paired with both engines, the Ford C6 three-speed automatic was the sole transmission offering.

Engine Displacement Compression Ratio Carburetor Horsepower (SAE net) Torque (SAE Net) Transmission
Ford 400 Cleveland V8[5] 400 cu in (6.6 L) 8.0:1 Motorcraft 2150 2-barrel 166 hp (124 kW) @ 3800 rpm 319 ft⋅lbf (433 N⋅m) @ 1800 rpm 3-speed Ford C6 automatic
Ford 385/Lima V8[5] 460 cu in (7.5 L) 8.0:1 Motorcraft 4350 4-barrel 208 hp (155 kW) @ 4000 rpm 356 ft⋅lbf (483 N⋅m) @ 2000 rpm


Marketed as the flagship vehicle of the Lincoln-Mercury Division, the Continental Mark V showcased a new design theme for the Lincoln brand, with styling features from the Mark V appearing on various Lincoln vehicles throughout the 1980s.

The exterior design of the Mark V began life in the late 1960s, as an alternative design proposal for what would become the Continental Mark IV.[4][6] During the development of the Mark V, chassis designers intended for the vehicle to use specially-designed (wider) Michelin tires, leading to widely flared wheel openings in the design.[6] Alongside the Lincoln Continental, the Mark V was styled with sharp-edged fender lines. In contrast to Lincoln design precedents, the Mark V shifted towards horizontal edges, with a nearly flat roofline. To increase visibility, the rear window and quarter windows were enlarged.

In Mark-series tradition, the Mark V retained the Continental "spare tire" decklid, oval opera windows, hidden headlights, and a radiator-style grille; the front fenders were given functional louvers behind the front wheels as standard equipment.[4] In a style similar to the Mark III, the Mark V was designed with vertical dual taillamps. During its development, stylists initially designed taillamps that curved into top of the rear fender blades; the design was modified after controversial reviews from focus groups.[6]

While technically considered a $187 option, all Mark Vs were fitted with a vinyl roof unless specifically ordered without one.[4] For 1979, the vinyl roof could no longer be deleted.[4]

Year-by-year changes[edit]


Previously standard issue on Marks III and IV, Ford's 7.5-liter (460 cid) V8 (now the industry's largest remaining) was optional for 1977, as a smaller 6.6 L (400 cid) V8 became standard. The 7.5 L V8 was not available at all on Mark V in the state of California, as the powerplant was unable to meet that state's tougher EPA certification standards. Lincoln felt so bad about this, that for 1977 only, California-bound Mark Vs were offered with the newly optional turbine-style aluminum wheels as standard equipment, to compensate for their 460-less Californian clientele.[citation needed]

Also, 1977 was the first year since 1960 that a Mark-series model came with an all-metal, body-color painted (non-vinyl covered) roof as standard equipment. The full-vinyl roof – previously standard on Mark IV - was now optional, as was the rear-quarter Landau roof. The Givenchy Designer Series had exclusive use of a new, forward-placed, front-vinyl roof in all three years of the Mark V's production.

Mark IV's successful Designer Series Editions continued with revised color combinations on the new Mark V, as well as revised Luxury Group Option color trim packages. First available in mid-1975, as the "Versailles Option", a renamed-for-1977 "Majestic Velour Luxury Group" carried over to the Mark V - for 1977 only (minus the upper door trim panel wood-tone moldings - which were on Mark IV with the Versailles option). The returning Gold/Cream and new Cordovan Luxury Groups came with an available unique (small block pattern) "Romano Velour" on the seat pillow inserts and matching upper door panel inserts - this too was also a relatively rare 1977-only one hit wonder.

Another limited-run, mid-year introduction was the Spring Luxury Group option, which came in the customer's combination of selecting Dove Grey (1N) or Dark Blue Metallic (3G) for the exterior paint color, a choice of Dove Grey or Dark Blue for the vinyl roof color, bodyside molding color and paint stripe color - with those same Dove Grey and Dark Blue colors in a standard tu-tone leather interior.

Luxury wheel covers, dating back to the 1972 Mark IV, were carryover as standard on all Mark Vs, except for Designer Series models. The Mark IV-era forged aluminum wheels carried on as optional, as would new-for-1977 Turbine Style aluminum wheels (machined wheel lip and spoke edges with argent grey accent paint between the spokes, with bright, cup-style metal center caps). These new Turbine Style wheels would be standard on Designer Series models.

Standard tires in all three years were Michelin-X (225-15) steel-belted radials with a narrow white sidewall design. First optional in 1975, and remaining so through the end of the 1979 model year, were Goodyear's LR78-15" Custom Polysteel radials, in a Lincoln-exclusive "Dual-Wide Band White Sidewall" design (a wider white stripe about one-half-inch past wheel rim diameter, followed by a second, narrow, quarter-inch white stripe, about a quarter-inch outside of the wider inside stripe). This tended to create a more formal, luxurious appearance that only accentuated Mark V's exaggerated long-hood, short-deck, low-roofline styling.[citation needed] Back inside the trunk, in Lincoln's attempt to eke out a small increase in the amount of available trunk space, was a new-for-1977, inflatable spare tire option (a pressurized canister of tire propellant was included) which would replace the standard conventional, full-size spare, This was available for all three years of the Mark V's run. Regardless of any exterior wheel option selected, the standard, conventional spare tire would be of either Michelin or Goodyear brand (matching the vehicle's four exterior tires), but would be mounted on a standard, 15-inch conventional steel wheel. Hardcore aficionados would go to their dealer's parts department and order an extra turbine style or forged aluminum wheel, and have the dealer remount their spare tire, so that now all five wheels matched one another. This practice of spare tire wheel-matching was standard on Mark IV, but fell off the roster beginning in 1977.[citation needed]

An optional Illuminated Entry System—a timed (25-second) interior courtesy light illumination system with lighted door lock cylinder rings (activated by lifting either exterior door handle)—also made its debut for 1977. This feature would set the stage for Ford's exclusive and popular Illuminated/Keyless Entry System (with driver's door belt molding mounted keypad), which would first be seen on the then newly downsized Continental/Mark VI and Thunderbird/Cougar XR-7 beginning in the 1980 model year.


A larger radiator, heater core inlets and hoses were new, for improved coolant flow and heater performance. Door lock cylinders and ignition lock switches were also revised for greater theft protection. The standard 6.6 L (400 cid) V8 engine got a slight detuning for better fuel economy, while the 7.5 L V8 soldiered on for one more year.

A super-luxurious (and expensive) Diamond Jubilee Edition Mark V was introduced to help commemorate Ford Motor Company's 75th anniversary. The Diamond Jubilee Edition was available on both the Thunderbird over at Ford, as well as the Continental Mark V. Designer Series Editions and the Luxury Group offerings continued with revised color selections and trim.

With the mid-1977 introduction of Versailles, Lincoln was the first American car manufacturer to produce a two-stage base-coat/clear-coat paint process for their mid-sized luxury sedan. For 1978, this new two-stage paint process was expanded to both the Mark V and Continental, (for metallic colors only). This process produced a rich, deep, and especially glossy finish, because the paint pigment was protected beneath a layer of high-gloss clear acrylic enamel. Non-metallic, solid paint colors still continued to use the traditional, single-stage paint process (no clearcoat).

Joining the optional Full Vinyl and Rear Landau Vinyl roof options for 1978, was a new, full-length, simulated convertible "Carriage Roof" option (available only in white canvas-embossed vinyl - with interior rear seat side-quarter trim panel vanity mirrors - in place of the normally standard opera windows, which were deleted with this option). The Power Glass Moonroof option was not available on Mark V when equipped with the Carriage Roof.

Also new options for 1978: a digital (L.E.D. display) "Miles-to-Empty" fuel indicator (which replaced the standard "Low Fuel" warning light unit in its location within the instrument panel below the fuel gauge), new Wire Wheel Covers (non-locking), a fully integrated Garage Door Opener control (built into the lower edge of the driver's side illuminated visor-vanity mirror), a new driver's side outside mirror-mounted Illuminated Thermometer, as well as Ford's new 40-channel CB radio with fully integrated hand-held microphone and controls, which also included a new, integrated tri-band (AM/FM/CB) power antenna - in place of the standard issue (AM/FM) power antenna.

Also new, (for 1978 only), were slightly revised standard Luxury wheel covers, with fewer ribs along the outside diameter of a slightly more-convex/bulging brushed center portion of the wheel cover. This wheel cover style would then only appear one more time - on the downsized 1980 Lincoln Continental and Town Car and Town Coupé models.

1978 also marked Ford's first usage of (the short-lived; 1978–79) electro-mechanical seat belt warning chimes, available, and standard only on Diamond Jubilee Edition. Lesser Mark Vs (in all years) were equipped with a traditional basic seatbelt warning buzzer, and for those whoever owned or own one ever started the car with the driver's door open, and not buckled in, the separately wired "key in ignition" warning buzzer unit would also start to buzz, triggering both units at the same time, each at a slightly different sound frequency.


In the engine compartment, the now-seemingly gigantic 7.5 L (460 cid) V8 and dual-exhaust 400 V8 are discontinued, all in the name of helping Ford Motor Company meet the US government-mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which were enforced beginning in 1978.

A new AM/FM stereo radio with cassette tape player, as well as Ford's new top-of-the-line Electronic AM/FM Stereo Search Radio with Quadrasonic 8-track tape player, were added as new radio options. The latter received a floor-mounted foot-switch (inboard of the physically identical floor-mounted headlamp dimmer switch), which would allow the driver to left-foot-tap the switch to scan radio stations or advance tracks on the 8-track player, without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.

As Mark V and Continental were in their final year of being the largest, and the last "traditional-sized luxury" production cars in America (and the world, for that matter), a commemorative "Collector's Series" package (a few months later, an actual stand-alone listed model) was introduced. The ever-popular Designer Series and optional Luxury Group offerings continued - yet again in newly revised color and trim selections.

The 1972-style Luxury Wheel Covers returned for Mark V's final year as standard issue (on all but Collector's Series and Designer Series models) - as would the optional Wire Wheel Covers (now standard on Emilio Pucci Designer Series) and Forged Aluminum Wheels. The also-optional very popular Turbine Style Aluminum Wheels continued with argent accent paint between the spokes, except on Collector's Series, and the Cartier, Bill Blass and Givenchy Designer Series - where these models would be treated to color-keyed paint between the spokes, for unique added flair.

The Carriage Roof option (still only available in white canvas-embossed vinyl; but now standard on Bill Blass Designer Series) received new interior rear quarter trim panel inserts (a blanked off, color-keyed padded vinyl insert filler panel covering the area where the deleted opera windows were - with round (non-switch-operated) reading/courtesy lights in the center of these panels on each side; thus effectively replacing 1978's rear quarter panel vanity mirrors). These new interior quarter trim panel inserts would also appear on the Collector's Series, (in color-keyed vinyl, or cloth – depending on the seat trim color) as the exterior landau roof design also eliminated the opera windows on this model. Here, though, the reading/courtesy lights in these quarter panel inserts had control switches above the rear seat quarter armrests, to allow them to operate as customary door-jamb activated interior courtesy lights, as well as rear seat passengers being able to switch them on and off independently as true reading lamps.

1978's electro-mechanical seat belt warning chimes carried over into 1979...and were now not only standard on Collector's Series, but were also standard on the Designer Series models as well. From 1980-on, selected (higher-end) trim levels of Ford-Lincoln-Mercury models would adopt the use of a solid state, all-electronic combination (seat belt, 'key in ignition' and optional 'headlamps-on') warning chime module, with no moving parts, and no more buzzers.

Full and Rear Landau vinyl roof options continued for 1979. The all-metal, body-color painted roof also continued as standard equipment - though would rarely be seen. This all-metal roof style would not appear on a Mark again until the introduction of the all-new, Fox-based aerodynamic Mark VII for 1984.


Rear 3/4 view of a Continental Mark V. Pictured is an example of the Mark V without a vinyl roof (rare).

Standard on all Mark Vs are four-wheel disc brakes (continuing is the "Sure-Track" anti-skid brake system from the Mark IV, as an option), a "Cartier" embossed logoed sweep-hand clock with day/date feature, and full power accessories including Automatic Temperature Control air conditioning, power windows, six-way power driver's seat, power radio antenna, etc.[7][8]

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.[9]


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

Through its production, the Continental Mark V was produced in several different editions to highlight the Mark V. While not a specific edition, the Luxury Group option package allowed buyers near-complete control over selecting exterior and interior trim options. Carrying on a tradition from the Mark IV, the Designer Series editions were Mark Vs with specially-selected exterior and interior trim. Two commemorative editions of the Mark V were produced: the 1978 Diamond Jubilee Edition (marking the 75th anniversary of Ford Motor Company) and 1979 Collector's Series (marking the end of Mark V production). In addition to edition-specific exterior and interior trim, both editions included virtually every available feature for the Mark V.

1979 Continental Mark V Cartier

Luxury Group (1977–1979)[edit]

From 1973 to 1981, Lincoln offered the Luxury Group option for Mark-series buyers, effectively allowing a customer to custom-design their vehicle from the dealer. In the example of the 1977–1979 Mark V, the Luxury Group was derived from an interior color name (see below), selected below. Following the color selection, the customer selected cloth or leather/vinyl interior trim. On the exterior, the customer chose the paint color(s); depending on preferences, one color could be chosen or as many as four. The roof style was chosen (landau or full-length; theoretically, a painted metal roof was available) along with its color. In addition to the roof choice, the customer chose the color of the bodyside molding (otherwise black) and the decklid paint stripe; the customer would also choose over several combinations of wheels or wheel covers and whitewall tires.

Along with various combinations of exterior and interior trim, customers ordering the Luxury Group ordered any options from the Mark V option list. With a nearly endless number of potential combinations, the Luxury Group allowed a potential Mark V customer to build a vehicle ranging from understated and elegant to dramatically flashy, or anywhere in between.

Below are some examples of the Luxury Group Mark Vs available throughout its three-year production run:

  • Gold-Cream (1977–1979)
  • Cordovan (1977–1979)
  • Light Jade/Dark Jade (1977–1978)
  • Turquoise (1979)
  • Midnight Blue-Cream (1977)
  • Red-Rosé (1977–1979)
  • Wedgewood Blue (1978–1979)
  • Champagne (1979)
  • White (1979)
  • Majestic Velour (1977)

Designer Series editions (1977–1979)[edit]

Continuing the Designer Series special edition option packages introduced by the Mark IV, the Continental Mark V returned the Bill Blass, Cartier, Givenchy, and Emilio Pucci Designer Editions. A "designer label" cosmetic upgrade, the four option packages each consisted of designer-coordinated exterior paint colors, interior upholstery and trim, vinyl roof and body-side moldings. Each Designer Series edition was distinguished by a corresponding designer's logo decal on the decklid, the designer's signature embedded in the opera window glass, along with a 22-karat gold-plated nameplate plaque to be mounted on the instrument panel (customers would receive this shortly after taking delivery of their new Mark V Designer Series).

Along with each Designer Series edition differing from each other, all four Designer Series editions were changed in colors and trim each year. In 1979, the Bill Blass, Cartier, and Givenchy Designer Editions adopted color-keyed alloy wheels alongside the Collector's Series (a feature introduced on the Diamond Jubilee Edition).

Continental Mark V Designer Edition Specifications[10][11]
Designer Edition Bill Blass[12] Cartier[13] Givenchy [14] Pucci[15]
1977 Exterior Dark Midnight Blue

(31) (non-metallic)

Dove Grey (1N)


Dark Jade Metallic (46) Black Diamond Fire Metallic (1L)
Interior Chamois Leather (with Pigskin Textured Inserts) Dove Grey (Leather, Majestic Velour) Dark Jade (Leather, Majestic Velour) White Leather (with Black component trim)
Vinyl Top Chamois Lugano Grain Landau Vinyl Roof Dove Grey Landau/Full Vinyl Roof Chamois Lugano Grain (Front-half Roof) White Cayman Grain Landau/Full Vinyl Roof
1978 Exterior Midnight Cordovan (5L)


Light Champagne (52)


Midnight Jade (7V)


Light Silver Metallic (1Y)

("Moondust" paint)

Interior Cordovan (Ultravelour Cloth, Leather with Light Champagne accent straps/buttons) Champagne with Dark Red accent straps/buttons (Leather, Media Velour) Jade Leather (with Broadlace-embroidered Givenchy "G" logo) Dove Grey Leather (with Dark Red accent straps/buttons and components)
Vinyl Top Light Champagne Valino grain

Rear Landau (YU) / Full-Vinyl (VU)

Light Champagne Valino grain

Rear Landau (YU) / Full-Vinyl (VU)

Chamois Lugano Grain (Front-half Roof) Black Cayman Grain Landau/Full Vinyl Roof
1979 Exterior White (9D) upper body over

Midnight Blue Metallic (3Q)

("Moondust" paint color)

Light Champagne (52)


Crystal Blue Metallic (2D)

("Moondust" paint)

Medium Turquoise Metallic (4C)

("Moondust" paint)

Interior White Leather (with Midnight Blue accent straps/piping and components)

Midnight Blue Leather (with White accent straps/buttons)

Champagne with Dark Red accent straps/buttons (Leather, Media Velour) Dark Crystal Blue Leather (with Broadlace-embroidered Givenchy "G" logo White Leather (with Midnight Blue accent straps/buttons and components)
Vinyl Top White Carriage Roof - standard Diamond grain vinyl (CW)

White Full Vinyl Roof - optional Valino grain vinyl (VW)

Light Champagne Landau Vinyl Roof (YU) (with Dark Red wrapover molding with integral coach lamps) Crystal Blue Valino Grain Front-half Roof (Z7) Midnight Blue Valino grain Full-Vinyl Roof (VQ)

Diamond Jubilee Edition (1978)[edit]

Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Ford Motor Company in 1978; Ford released Diamond Jubilee Editions of the 1978 Ford Thunderbird and Continental Mark V. Adding $8,000 to the price of a Mark V,[16] the Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee was the most expensive vehicle ever sold by Ford Motor Company at the time, raising the price of the Mark V to over $21,000 (over twice the price of its Thunderbird counterpart). Only four options were available: the 460 V8 (with or without dual exhaust), a power moonroof, and a 40-channel CB radio.

In a style similar to the Designer Editions, the Diamond Jubilee Edition was given its own design. The exterior was given a nearly monochromatic exterior, with color-keyed body moldings, vinyl top, wheels, grille, hood ornament, and trunklid (with Lincoln badge); two colors were available and exclusive to the edition (Diamond Blue and Jubilee Gold).[16] Chrome trim was largely limited to the window and grille surrounds, bumpers, and trim of the fender vents (exclusive to the edition). Alongside the Lincoln Versailles, the Diamond Jubilee Edition was one of the first Ford Motor Company vehicles to utilize clearcoat paint.

The interior was given its own model-specific trim.[16] The split front bench seat was replaced by cloth bucket seats with a center console with a padded armrest; the rest of the interior included padded leather on high-wear areas. Designed to provide extra storage, the console stored an umbrella on the underside of the armrest. Matching its name, the opera windows featured simulated diamond chips inside the glass, with a Diamond Jubilee script on the window the hood ornament featured crystal-style inserts. All Diamond Jubilee Marks were supplied with a leather bound owner's manual and tool kit. Every new owner was given car keys matching the interior trim and could request a Ford-created cookbook entitled "Ford Diamond Jubilee Recipe Collection".[17]

In total, 5,159 Diamond Jubilee Edition Continental Mark Vs were produced.[18] For 1979, the edition was repackaged as the Collector's Series.

Collector's Series (1979)[edit]

1979 Continental Mark V Collector's Series

To commemorate the end of Continental Mark V production, the 1978 Diamond Jubilee Edition was repackaged for 1979 as the Collector's Series. An $8,000 option for the Mark V, the Collector's Series Edition had a base price of nearly $22,000.[19] Alongside the Mark V, Lincoln marketed a similar edition of the Lincoln Continental sedan.

Distinguished by all other examples of the Mark V by its lack of opera windows, the Collector's Series was produced in four colors Midnight Blue Moondust Metallic, White, Diamond Blue Moondust Metallic (shared with the Diamond Jubilee Edition), and Light Silver Moondust Metallic.[19] In a slightly monochromatic appearance, midnight blue and white cars have matching vinyl tops while silver and diamond-blue cars have midnight blue vinyl tops; all examples were given a gold-colored grille with a gold-trimmed hood ornament. Inside the trunk, both the trunk floor and the underside of the decklid were lined with color-keyed midnight-blue 18-ounce carpeting.[19]

As with the Diamond Jubilee Edition, the Collector's Series included virtually every available feature as standard equipment on the Mark V. A cloth interior with a center console, rear-seat armrest, and bucket seats was standard; as a delete option, the Collector's Series could be ordered with a standard Mark V leather interior. Another delete option replaced the 8-track tape player with a cassette player.

In total, 6,262 Collector's Series editions were produced.[19] 3,900 Midnight Blue examples were built, with 2,040 White (an unknown number without any vinyl top[19]), 197 Diamond Blue, and 125 Silver.


Although only on sale for three model years, with a total of 228,262 examples sold, the Continental Mark V is the best-selling version of the Lincoln Mark Series.

Year Total sales Limited Editions Designer Edition
1977[20] 80,321 N/A
1978[18] 72,602 5159 (Diamond Jubilee Edition) 16,537

Bill Blass: 3,975

Cartier: 8,520

Givenchy: 917

Pucci: 3,125

1979[21] 75,939 6,262 (Collectors' Series) 19,215

Bill Blass: 6,720

Cartier: 9,470

Givenchy: 2,262

Pucci: 763


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