The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 117
1978 Lincoln Continental Mk V Cartier Designer Edition

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1978 Lincoln Continental Mk V Cartier Designer Edition

CHASSIS NO: 8Y89A944934

• Top-of-the-line Cartier Designer Edition
• Accompanied by original build sheet
• Well-preserved and presented throughout
• Fully optioned with 460-cid V-8 power

460 cid V-8 engine, single Motorcraft four-barrel carburetor, 208 HP, Ford C6 three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, lower trailing links and anti-sway bar, live rear axle with lower trailing radius arms, upper oblique torque arms, coil springs and transverse link, hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 120.4”

As the evolutionary successor to the strong-selling Lincoln Continental Mk IV of 1972-76, the carefully refined Mk V debuted for 1977 and continued in production through 1979. Importantly for faithful Lincoln buyers and enthusiasts who endured the painful fuel-supply crisis of 1973-74 and the downsizing trend of the latter 1970s, the Mark V would stand alongside the massive Continental among the largest Lincoln models ever produced. With its only true remaining competition being the equally grand Cadillac Eldorado, the Mk V continued to be offered with the optional high-style Designer Series, first offered in 1976 on the Mk IV.

Featuring special paint finishes, interior upholstery and special amenities, the Designer Series drew on the aesthetic inspirations of Bill Blass, Cartier, Givenchy and Emilio Pucci, initiating further special-edition cars, including the 1978 Diamond Jubilee Edition celebrating Ford Motor Company’s 75th Anniversary and the Collector’s Series Lincoln models of 1979. The Cartier Designer Edition was by far the most popular of the four available choices, with 8,520 produced out of total Mk V production of 72,602 cars for 1978.

Accompanied at auction by a copy of the original build sheet, this 1978 Lincoln Continental Mk IV Cartier Designer Edition was manufactured at Ford’s Detroit-area Wixom Assembly Plant during May 1978, finished in Code 52 Light Champagne over Champagne velour upholstery with dark red accent straps and a Light Champagne vinyl roof. Power is delivered by the optional 460-cid V-8 engine and C6 three-speed automatic transmission. Following a brief stint as a demonstrator with Manhattan Ford, Lincoln-Mercury Inc. located on West 78th Street in New York City, the Mk V was sold there on June 14, 1978 to Marie A. Dimicelli of Yonkers, New York, with an Odometer Mileage Statement still on hand with the vehicle.

As offered, this Mk V remains very nice in presentation, having obviously been a prized possession of its owners, with only 53,120 indicated miles of use at the time of cataloguing. As expected, factory features and amenities are numerous, including air-conditioning, AM/FM stereo radio, a Cartier-scripted clock, cruise control, power brakes, power door locks and power windows, a power reclining seat and more. Other desirable features include a tidy engine bay and a fully carpeted trunk with space-saver spare tire. Riding on a set of turbine-style forged alloy wheels (part of the Designer Series) and handsome throughout, this 1978 Lincoln Continental Mk V Cartier Edition is a collector-grade example of one of Lincoln’s premier full-size models of the late 1970s.

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