About fifty years ago, a song by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen debuted with the opening words, “My pappy said, ‘Son you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln.’” Lincoln, which turns 105 years old this month, has had a few hot rods over the years — including one luxury coupe with the heart of a Mustang 5.0.
“Absolutely immaculate for a 32-year-old car,” the listing states. “Not winter or rain driven. Garage-kept and cared for. Everything is 100% functioning.” The odometer shows 144,000 kilometers which translates to about 90,000 miles. And based on the photos accompanying the listing, it’s believable.
The Mark VII luxury coupe, formerly known as the Continental Mark VII, was produced in Wixom, Michigan beginning in the 1984 model year. Its chassis architecture was based on the Fox platform, and for its time, the car was technologically advanced — equipment included an onboard trip computer, an air suspension, and anti-lock brakes. A sport-oriented version was later introduced under the Luxury Sports Coupe (LSC) name. Underneath its hood was a Windsor 5.0 V8 shared with the Ford Mustang. Unlike the Mustang, though, the Lincoln was only available with a four-speed automatic transmission.
For 1988, engineering updates were made to the drivetrain, and output from the now High-Output V8 was ramped up to 225 horsepower. Adding to the curb appeal, a “Special Edition” variant such as this example was offered with monochromatic exterior treatment. In this case, the color scheme is all-black.
“No rust above or below anywhere,” the seller states – and that claim is substantiated with a series of underbody pictures that make this coupe look factory-fresh.
The last Lincoln model to bear the Mark name was the Mark VIII which was phased out after 1998 with no replacement. As of 2022, luxury coupes have nearly gone extinct, so older models such as these are receiving renewed appreciation in the collector marketplace.
“This is a turnkey ready LSC Special Edition. I purchased from the original owner who had the car since new. This beauty is ready for another 30 years and will only increase in value,” the listing states.
The seller is asking $14,500 CAD or best offer for this hot rod Lincoln.