For Sale By:Private Seller
Number of Cylinders: 8
Model: Mark Series
Trim: Mark V
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Drive Type: 2 Wheel
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Sub Model: Mark V Convertible
Exterior Color: Brown/Gold
Disability Equipped: No
Interior Color: Tan
1978 Lincoln Mark V St. Tropez
This automobile is truly a remarkable vehicle. It is a custom convertible, with coach work by American Custom Coachworks of Beverly Hills, California. It is not known how rare this vehicle is, but we have seen claims that no more than ten like this were made by ACC in 1978. It is a ‘certified custom’ by the Lincoln and Continental Owners Association, which means it was ordered by a Lincoln dealer from the Ford Motor Company to be sold at the dealership. The car was ordered sold new by the Bob Sight Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Kansas City. It is believed to have sold for approximately $40,000 when new.
The car has had one repaint, by Ortloff Brothers Restorations of Helena, Montana. It was repainted exactly as it came from ACC in 1978, including the hand-painted pin-striping to match the unique original pin-striping. Documentation of all of this will go with the car. The repaint was done in 1993, and still looks very good, with only a few very minor blemishes during the past 20 years. It is dark champagne and gold metallic two-tone, and is a striking look. The car is rust free.
The car has all power equipment, and cold air conditioning. It has near new tires, and polished alloy wheels. The interior is a tan leather, and is original, although it has been professionally re-dyed. The carpet is original and is still new looking, and has the original Lincoln floor mats. The original boot to be used when the top is down is very presentable. The top looks new, and was replaced by the previous owner.
The car was featured on the back cover of the Lincoln and Continental Owners magazine in 2005,and on an interior page in 2009. It has been shown in car shows, and has won a number of trophies. The car currently has 78,000 miles since new, and runs and drives beautifully.
The current owners are elderly and are downsizing their collection. If you are looking for a car that will continue to draw attention, and grow in value over the years, this car is well worth a look. Call the owners at 409-771-0333 or 409-771-3037 for more information. Inspections are invited. The car is in Texas. It is being advertised in national magazines, so is subject to prior sale.
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Ford hybrid customers apparently have very short memories. With two EPA fuel economy reratings in the last year, sales of the C-Max, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ haven't been too terribly dented, Ward's Auto reports.
All three vehicles saw sales dips following the August 2013 rerating, although sales of the MKZ Hybrid had begun to rebound as early as November of that year. C-Max sales, meanwhile, took slightly longer, with sales on a steadily improving course as early as February of this year.
The second rerating, in June of this year, has had an even smaller effect on the Blue Oval's hybrids. The C-Max has actually been subject to a sales increase, while both the MKZ and Fusion saw minor sales drops (less than 400 units between the two in the month following the rerating).
The deaths of the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car have meant overhauls of three high-profile American fleets: police, taxi and livery car. Just as police fleets are more open to considering other options and a Nissan van is the new face of the NYC taxi, livery car companies are looking at replacements for the Town Car beyond The Blue Oval. Ford, via Lincoln, has made an MKT Town Car (pictured), but an article in the Detroit News claims "it has failed to win over most of the big limousine companies." The upstarts trying to move in include livery and limo editions of the Cadillac XTS, and livery specifications of the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300.
Each of those challengers, however, faces challenges. The Town Car was a workhorse, American, rear-wheel-drive sedan with plenty of rear legroom. Cadillac has been in the livery space before but with decontented models that were about selling the brand, not its luxury. It is taking the opposite approach with the XTS, pointing out that its livery edition is "contented in the upper half of the XTS range." Still, the CEO of Michigan's largest livery company says "it's quite a bit smaller than what we're used to," and he also prefers rear-wheel drive.
The Chrysler 300 is rear-wheel drive, and American, which matters to some companies, but Chrysler hasn't yet revealed the livery package for it. The livery Avalon marks Toyota's first time getting into that business in the US, a natural step after having done so well with taxi clients and with the Town Car out of the way. Still, the livery client is a different to taxi buyers, so the Avalon could face other soft-touch hurdles.
Automotive News reports Lincoln is looking to Chinese luxury shoppers for customer service ideas. Those notions may eventually make their way back to the US in the form of new dealership training. Jim Farley, the executive vice president of global marketing for Ford, tells Automotive News, "In many ways, China will be a listening post for Lincoln in the United States. Soon China will be the largest luxury market in the world." Farley also said that in China, the Lincoln brand is currently where Lexus was when the Japanese brand first landed in the US.
Lincoln is slated to open its first Chinese dealerships in 2014. The brand is largely unknown in Asia, and Lincoln representatives have been visiting other luxury dealers in China for an idea of what buyers there expect. Lincoln has also studied non-automotive luxury shopping, paying special attention to high-end retail branding.
Of course, this whole song and dance feels awfully familiar. Lincoln has focused heavily on remaking the brand and recrafting its marketing here in the States, thus far without sufficient product to back the play. Lincoln is already late to the China game, and without the necessary products to lure buyers away from established bodies like Buick and Cadillac, Lincoln may be doomed to repeat its fate here in the US.